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Registration open for 'Gobble Wobble'

Registration open for 'Gobble Wobble'

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Registration is now open for people who want to break a sweat on Thanksgiving to help feed children in need.

This is the sixth year for the "Gobble Wobble," presented by Gazelle Sports.  The event takes place on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, at 8 a.m. at East Grand Rapids Middle School.

The adult event is a 4.1 mile fun run; children can take part in a 1 mile “Widdle Wobble.”  Last year, more than 2,000 people started off their holiday with the Gobble Wobble, raising $10,000 for Kids’ Food Basket, a non-profit organization focused on ending childhood hunger.

“It’s fun to see the community come together to take part in this event,” says Ashley Abbott, outreach and development coordinator for Kids’ Food Basket.

Former EGR teacher to help allocate $1.56 billion in state funding

Former EGR teacher to help allocate $1.56 billion in state funding

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  A former East Grand Rapids school teacher is now helping the state improve its health and wellness programs.

Earlier this month, Governor Snyder appointed Susan Jandernoa to the newly created Michigan Health Endowment Fund Board.    The nine-person board is in charge of allocating funding the state collects from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.  BCBSM is expected to contribute up to $1.56 billion over 18 years to the Health Endowment Fund.  The funding is meant to improve the health and wellness of state residents, as well as provide a program to help cover the costs of Medicare for senior citizens in need.

2013 Grand Rapids Heart Walk October 12

2013 Grand Rapids Heart Walk October 12

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The community is invited to join this dog and stroller-friendly Heart Walk on Saturday, October 12 to help raise funds to save lives and celebrate healthy living.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, located at 303 Pearl St. NW.  The walk begins at 9 a.m.

The event also features family and fitness activities, health screenings and much more.  For more information, call (616) 482-1520 or visit http://www.grandrapidsheartwalk.org/

New President takes over at Mercy Health Saint Mary's

New President takes over at Mercy Health Saint Mary's

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. --- Mercy Health Saint Mary’s has a new president.

Bill Manns officially took over the post August 20.  Manns is a Michigan native and graduate of the University of Michigan.  He comes to Mercy Health after serving as chief operating officer for Alameda Health System in Oakland California for eight years. Mann also previously worked at St. John’s Health System in Warren, Michigan and Mercy Health Services.

Mercy Health operates five hospital campuses and 58 physician offices in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Norton Shores, Byron Center, Shelby, Cadillac and Grayling.

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte

New MSU medical students learn college’s mission at “Afternoon of Community Service”

New MSU medical students learn college’s mission at “Afternoon of Community Service”

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Michigan State University College of Human Medicine)-- Pulling weeds, painting bathrooms and stuffing envelopes might not seem like a part of a medical student’s education. At the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine it is.

Some 200 first-year medical students – 100 in Grand Rapids and 100 in the East Lansing area – fanned out to about 10 nonprofit organizations in each community Wednesday to volunteer their time. The Afternoon of Service is included in the students’ orientation week to remind them of the college’s mission.

“We think it makes a lot of sense in the first week that they be reminded that the College of Human Medicine has a strong commitment to community service,” Pat Brewer, Ph.D., assistant dean for student development, said. “Our students need to understand that sometimes that means pulling weeds and licking envelopes.”