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My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are sharing their top tips to stay safe in this extreme cold.

"As we saw last winter, these arctic blasts can create hazardous situations," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures."

Exposure to these subzero temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather:

My Town: Hospitals get new funding to help newborns survive and thrive

My Town: Hospitals get new funding to help newborns survive and thrive

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Several West Michigan hospitals are getting funding to help ensure newborns have a better chance at surviving and thriving at home.

The Michigan Department of Community Health is awarding $10,000 to each birthing hospital to help employees identify and connect families in need to home visiting programs, including the Maternal Infant Health Program and the Children’s Special Health Care Services program.

“Michigan’s birthing hospitals have the unique opportunity help link newborns and their families to important support services as they transition home,” said Nick Lyon, director of the MDCH. “Connecting Michigan families to these resources is crucial to reducing infant deaths, improving the health of babies at birth, during their first year of life, and throughout early childhood.”

My Town GR Central: Sip in the City and help those with cystic fibrosis

My Town GR Central: Sip in the City and help those with cystic fibrosis

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- "Sip in the City" and help the Friends & Families of Cystic Fibrosis during this benefit Friday, Dec. 19 at Bar Divani.

Ticket holders can enjoy fine food and beverages along with local art and entertainment during this event, which runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.  A portion of the proceeds will go to FFCF.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at www.sipsinthecitygr.com.  Bar Divani is located at 15 Ionia Ave. SW.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk Dec. 13 - Be there with bells on your toes

Jingle Bell Run/Walk Dec. 13 - Be there with bells on your toes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Be a part of the largest holiday 5K race to fight arthritis!

This is your chance to wear a holiday themed costume, tie jingle bells to your shoe laces and raise funds to help beat arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability.

Registration for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk closes at 8:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12. Walk-in registration will be available during packet pick-up on Friday, Dec. 12, from 12 p.m.  to 6 p.m. at Gazelle Sports, located at 3930 28th Street in Grand Rapids.

Walk-in registration is available right before the Jingle Bell Run on Saturday, Dec. 12 at Grand Valley State University in the Eberhard Center, located at 301 W. Fulton St. EC 210. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

Cost:

My Town Sparta: Village is home to award-winning water

My Town Sparta: Village is home to award-winning water

SPARTA, Mich.—There’s something in the water in Sparta, and it’s award-winning.

The village this year was awarded the 2013 Water Flouridation Quality award from the Michigan Department of Community Health.  Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention distributed this award to 2,184 public water systems this year, including 95 in Michigan.  This is the 12th year for the fluoridation awards.

The CDC estimates every $1 invested in fluoridation saves at least $38 in costs for dental treatment. In 1945, Grand Rapids became the first city to add fluoride to its water to prevent tooth decay.  Now, nearly 210 million people nationwide have access to fluoridated tap water.

My Town: Free HIV testing available on World AIDS Day

My Town: Free HIV testing available on World AIDS Day

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV and nearly one in seven doesn’t know they are infected.

On Dec. 1, health officials across the nation will work to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS during World AID’s Day.  Here in West Michigan, the Kent County Health Department will be offering free HIV testing at three locations.  Each test will consist of a single finger poke, with preliminary results available in about 20 minutes.  Each person who gets tested will receive a gift card, while supplies last.  No appointment is necessary.