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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.”

Blood Donations Accepted on April 14

Blood Donations Accepted on April 14

Michigan Blood welcomes blood donations, no appointments necessary, every 2nd Monday of the Month (April 14) from noon to 7pm at the Kent County Fairgrounds in Lowell, located at 225 S Hudson in the Lowell Community Donor Center King Memorial Youth Center. Bring your photo ID or 2 pieces of non-photo ID & help make a difference for those in need!

Any healthy 17 or older person, weighing 110 pounds or more may be eligible to donate blood every 56 days.

Call: (616)774-2300 or 1-866-MIBLOOD or on-line at www.miblood.org

Free class harnesses health benefits of laughter

Free class harnesses health benefits of laughter

LOWELL, Mich.-- Laughter comes with many health benefits; learn how to harness its power during a free session of Laughter Yoga, organized by LaughFest.

Join certified laughter yoga leaders and teachers to learn how the principle of "acting happiness" can help your health. WZZM 13's Alex Shabad tried a Laughter Yoga class in Holland; read about his experience here.

The class is 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Tuesday, March 11 at the Gilda's Club Lowell Clubhouse. The session is free, but donations are encouraged.  Proceeds will go toward free cancer, grief and emotional health support programs offered through Gilda's Club Grand Rapids and the Lowell Clubhouse.

 

 

My Town Lowell: LaughFest spreads to Lowell

My Town Lowell: LaughFest spreads to Lowell

LOWELL, Mich.—LaughFest is just around the corner, bringing hundreds of shows to Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland.

The 10-day festival will feature more than 60 artists at more than 40 venues.  Festival ticket packages range from $60 to $175, while individual ticket prices are $7-$60.   For more information, visit the LaughFest website or call (616) 735-HAHA.

Proceeds from LaughFest will go to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids to support people with cancer and their families.

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Healthy Kent and the Kent County Health Department will begin tapping the community for ideas to make the county healthier Tuesday, Feb. 11.

From more health food stores to more mental health services, all ideas are welcome as both groups collect information for the 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment.

"The best way to ensure success of our health programs is to focus on what we can address and what we can improve, said Adam London, Kent County health officer who has dedicated staff working with Healthy Kent. "The data and information gathered in this step will help us develop top priorities to improve health outcomes in Kent County."

Local health departments are required to update their Community Health Needs Assessment every five years for state accreditation.  Hospitals must update their CHNA every three years.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

  • Feb.

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—How would you make Kent County healthier?

That’s the question Healthy Kent and the Kent County Health Department is hoping to answer with a series of community meetings over the next three months.   From more health food stores to more mental health services, all ideas are welcome as both groups collect information for the 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment.

"The best way to ensure success of our health programs is to focus on what we can address and what we can improve, said Adam London, Kent County health officer who has dedicated staff working with Healthy Kent.

LaughFest announces expanded performances in Holland and Lowell

LaughFest announces expanded performances in Holland and Lowell

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (NEWS RELEASE) – Gilda’s LaughFest has announced the talent lineup for shows in Holland and Lowell during the festival’s fourth year, which runs from March 6 – 16, 2014.

Holland shows will include Christian comic Jeff Allen, Kids Joke Night, Holland Chorale, Klompen Comedy, Laughter Yoga and community showcases. Shows in Lowell include PJ Walsh, Kids Joke Night, Laughter Yoga and community showcases.

“Over the last few years, the programming we’ve had in Holland and Lowell has grown in popularity,” said Joanne Roehm, LaughFest festival director. “As a result, we’re excited to bring more great entertainers to these communities and we’ve diversified the types of performances offered.”