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My Town: Help Stamp Out Hunger May 10

My Town: Help Stamp Out Hunger May 10

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Letter carriers across West Michigan will be picking up something extra during their mailbox visits this Saturday, May 10.

This is the 22nd year for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.  Families are encouraged to help by filling a paper bag with non-perishable food items and placing it by their mailbox Saturday morning.  Letter carriers will pick up the donations and transport them to participating post offices, where approximately 75 volunteers will sort and ship the donations to Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank’s warehouse in Comstock Park, to feed other families in need.

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:

Free Student Heart Screening

Free Student Heart Screening

With unexpected deaths of young people in the Grand Rapids area, it is so important to see to it that students are checked out, especially before engaging in sports. Metro health is sponsoring a FREE heart screen for students ages 14-18. This is a great opportunity to get checked out. Please take the time to get signed up.

My Town: Construction on new medical center given the green light

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—CD Barnes Construction has been selected as the general contractor for the construction of the newest Fresenius Medical Care location in Grand Rapids.

Fresenius is the largest integrated provider of products and services for individuals undergoing dialysis due to chronic kidney failure and CD Barnes Construction is pleased to be partnering on this project with them.

“Fresenius Medical Care has an outstanding reputation for quality patient care. We look forward to providing them with a building in which to provide their life-saving services,” said Todd Oosting, executive vice president of CD Barnes Construction.

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.

Jakes Music Festival Returns on April 12

Jakes Music Festival Returns on April 12

The Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids comes alive on Saturday, April 12 from 6pm to 11pm with a variety of performers & old favorites for the community to enjoy for FREE. There will be free cake samples from Connie’s Cakes, a silent auction, along with adult beverages for sale at the concession stand.

Jake was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 6 years old & now at 23, he has been battling this disease for 17 years.