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Back To School- Kids Free Screening Day Jan. 9

Back To School- Kids Free Screening Day Jan. 9

KENTWOOD, Mich.--- Total Health Chiropractic will host what it’s calling the first free health screening day for kids, as they head back to school this week.

The free screenings will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 at Total Health Chiropractic, located at 44th Street and Breton Avenue.  Doctors Christopher Miller, Melinda Bruxvoort and Amanda Dluzniewski will conduct the screenings, checking for scoliosis and spinal conditions that could lead to developmental disorders.  Admission is free and screenings are open to children 12 and under. 

 “We’re very excited to have the opportunity to offer this day to the families of West Michigan. Having grown up in Grand Rapids myself, I have made it my mission to better the lives of my community members through offering natural solutions to health problems and pain,” said Miller, president and founder of Total Health Chiropractic of West Michigan, PLLC.

Mercy Health Muskegon names new president

Mercy Health Muskegon names new president

MUSKEGON, Mich.—  Mercy Health Muskegon has a new president.

Greg Loomis will take on the role permanently, effective Jan. 1, 2014.  Loomis has served as Mercy Health Muskegon’s interim president since November 2012.

“I am delighted that Greg has accepted the position,” said Mike Gluhanich, Chair of Mercy Health Muskegon Board of Trustees. “Greg has shown he is an outstanding leader. He is a trusted and experienced health care executive who has the knowledge and skill to ensure Mercy Health Muskegon, which is nationally and regionally recognized for high quality care, will continue to be a first-class organization. His thoughtful and decisive leadership is what this position will demand and we are fortunate to have him.”

Higher cigarette taxes can bring complications, but also new opportunities

Higher cigarette taxes can bring complications, but also new opportunities

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Raising taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products is often considered a way to reduce smoking and improve public health, but according to a new study in part from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, evidence of effectiveness is sparse.

As stated in the abstract, "the association between cigarette taxes and either smoking participation or smoking intensity is negative, small, and not usually statistically significant," and that large tax increases would be needed -- as much as 100 percent -- to reduce smoking by a mere 5 percent.

Donation drive underway for struggling Eastown families

Donation drive underway for struggling Eastown families

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—While many people are shopping for what their loved ones want this holiday season, some families in Eastown are struggling to meet their basic needs.

That’s the reason behind a donation drive by Eastown Community Association.  ECA is teaming up with Eastown Ministries to collect items for children in need, now through December 17. 

Items needed include:

Family:

  • Family movies/popcorn
  • Gift cards (to grocery stores, movies, etc.)
  • Markers/crayons
  • Children’s books

Baby:

Vote for your favorite executive 'stache

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—November is coming to an end which means the ‘staches are coming off!

Five executives from West Michigan have been growing mustaches for Movember, a month-long campaign to “change the face of men’s health” by raising awareness of health risks.   The men have been posting their progress on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Facebook page.    The final mustache photos will be posted on the Facebook page on December 2 for a public vote.  Visitors can pick their top two favorite ‘staches by “liking” the appropriate photos.  The vote runs from 11 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.  Tuesday.

This year’s participants are:

Health Department offers free HIV/AIDS testing

Health Department offers free HIV/AIDS testing

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  More than one million Americans are living with HIV, and many may not even know it.

In honor of World AIDS Day, the Kent County Health Department is offering free AIDS testing at four of its facilities, no appointment needed.  The finger poke test takes about 20 minutes for results, which are confidential.  Those who get tested will receive a gift card (while supplies last) and additional information about HIV.

Testing times and locations:

East Grand Rapids to join group setting ambulance standards

East Grand Rapids to join group setting ambulance standards

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The standards for ambulances running in East Grand Rapids may soon change.

During its regular meeting Monday night, the city commission approved joining an ambulance consortium with other Kent County communities.  The consortium would establish across-the-board ambulance service standards for all communities involved, through contracts. East Grand Rapids currently works with AMR Ambulance, but the city does not have a contract with the company. 

City Manager Brian Donovan says communities that are part of the consortium will create an oversight group which will make sure all ambulance companies are abiding by contractual standards. By consolidating regulation, each community will save staff time and money.