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My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—If you’re looking for a clean, safe place to dine out this weekend, the Kent County Health Department has some suggestions- 471 of them, actually.

The KCHD recently announced the winners of its 2nd annual Food Safety Awards.  This year’s 471 winners were selected from more than 1700 licensed facilities that were inspected through 2013.    To qualify, each establishment had to meet the following criteria:

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

HOLLAND, Mich.—A rock and roll nutrition show has arrived in West Michigan.

“Jump with Jill” kicked off a series of performances at five area schools Monday, with a live show at Thomas Jefferson School in Holland.  It’s one of five schools that won a statewide contest, thanks to the generosity of Michigan’s dairy farmers and milk processors and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan as part of their Fuel Up to Play 60 program. 

“Dairy is one of easiest and richest ways that kids can get the calcium they need for strong bones,” says Amy Viselli with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. “Jump with Jill has serious fun with a serious message. They even dress up a milk jug as a rapper named Calcium.”

My Town: Wes Leonard Heart Team holds life-saving workshop

My Town: Wes Leonard Heart Team holds life-saving workshop

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  Parents, coaches, teachers and others are invited to Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park next week to learn life-saving techniques for young athletes suffering from heart problems.

"Wes Leonard Sudden Cardiac Arrest Symposium: What Parents, Coaches and Educators Need To Know" will begin at 6:30 p.m. on May 1.  Pediatric electrophysiologist Christopher Ratnasamy, MD, will explain the risk factors and when students should be screened.  Visitors will also learn how to respond to a cardiac emergency, including proper CPR techniques and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

It’s been three years since Fennville High School basketball star Wes Leonard collapsed on the court after making a game-winning shot.  He died from an enlarged heart.   The Wes Leonard Heart Team, formed after his death, with a goal to save other students’ lives by ensuring all Michigan schools are equipped with AEDs.

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: 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 Walker: IHOP to serve up free pancakes March 4

My Town Walker: IHOP to serve up free pancakes March 4

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Skip firing up your skillet Tuesday, March 4 and head to your closest IHOP for free pancakes.

Participating IHOP restaurants will be serving up a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in honor of National Pancake Day.   The deal will be good from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

In exchange for free pancakes, customers are encouraged to donate to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children and other local charities.

"Our guests, our franchisees, their team members, and all of us at IHOP- look forward to National Pancake Day every year. Knowing that every free stack of buttermilk pancakes has the potential to improve the lives of the children in their own community makes serving them and eating them even more enjoyable than usual,” said Julia Stewart, Interim President, International House of Pancakes, LLC and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity, Inc.

My Town Ada: Relay For Life returns June 6-7

My Town Ada: Relay For Life returns June 6-7

ADA, Mich.—Preparations are already underway for this year’s Relay For Life of Forest Hills.

This year’s event will take place June 6-7 at Ada Christian School. 

Relay For Life is a 24 hour event in which teams camp out around a track and take turns walking.  When participants are not walking, there are games, food and other activities to entertain them.  Proceeds from Relay For Life go to the American Cancer Society, for research and to support cancer patients and their families.

For more information about this year’s Relay For Life of Forest Hills, contact Elizabeth Balder at Elizabeth.balder@cancer.org.