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My Town GR West: Shaved heads and blood donations add up to $16,000 for Gilda's Club Grand Rapids

My Town GR West: Shaved heads and blood donations add up to $16,000 for Gilda's Club Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Shaved heads and blood donations are adding up to a big boost for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

The organization today accepted two checks from Blue Care Network, Michigan Blood and Grand Valley State University’s Delta Tau Delta fraternity, totaling more than $16,000.

The $10,000 check from BCN and Michigan Blood comes from LaughFest-related blood drives.  For every person who donated blood, BCN donated money toward LaughFest’s High Five Campaign, which benefits child cancer, grief and emotional support programs provided by Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

The second check came from Delta Tau Delta, which raised more than $6,500 through a head-shaving event held after a fraternity member’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announces plans for its second annual Gran Fondo on June 28, 2014.

Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this this non-competitive cycling event go towards programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and supports MSU’s skin cancer research.

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

My Town: The Hashtag Battle over the 2014 Jump Jam

My Town: The Hashtag Battle over the 2014 Jump Jam

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  What started as a hashtag battle about the 2014 Jump Jam has turned into a friendly wager between Grand Rapids Public Schools’ superintendent and Spectrum Health’s senior vice president.

GRPS posted the hashtag battle between Theresa Weatherall Neal and Steve Heacock to YouTube last Friday.  In the video, Weatherall Neal challenges Heacock to a friendly bet on two of the Jump Jam teams, with the loser buying lunch from either the hospital or school cafeteria.  Mayor George Heartwell makes a surprise appearance at the end of the video.

My Town GR North: Think twice before buying bunnies and chicks for Easter

My Town GR North: Think twice before buying bunnies and chicks for Easter

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  The Kent County Health Department is encouraging families to think twice before  buying bunnies or chicks to celebrate Easter.

County officials say before adults open up their wallets, they should  consider the fact that rabbits can live seven to ten years and chickens can live into their teens.

“The Kent County Animal Shelter received nearly 100 unwanted rabbits and chickens last year,” says Adam London, health officer for the Kent County Health Department. “Pet rabbits have specific health needs, special diets, and must live indoors.  While they can be very social with the right care and supervision, they don’t like to be held or cuddled.”

My Town: Arthrits Walk returns under new name and leader

My Town: Arthrits Walk returns under new name and leader

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Arthritis Walk will return with a new name and new leader when it returns to Grand Rapids next month.

Dr. Thomas A. Malvitz of Ada will serve as medical chair of the 2014 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis, formerly known as the Arthritis Walk.  Malvitz is a surgeon with the Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan in Grand Rapids.

The Walk to Cure Arthritis is a three-mile walk aimed at raising awareness and funds to fight arthritis.  Proceeds from the event go to the Arthritis Foundation, which works to help some of the more than 2.3 million Michiganders with arthritis.

My Town: Kent County Health Department releases 2014 Community Health Improvement Plan report

My Town: Kent County Health Department releases 2014 Community Health Improvement Plan report
--------------------NEWS RELEASE------------ GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Kent County Health Improvement Plan 2013 Annual Report is the firstofficial and comprehensive report of the progress and recommendations from the 2012 CommunityHealth Improvement Plan (CHIP). The overall goal of CHIP is to make a healthier Kent County. The Community Health Improvement Plan outlines goals, objectives, and strategies that address thetop five priority health issues in Kent County. Data collected from partner organizations and KentCounty community residents through the 2011 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) helpedidentify the priorities.