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Grand Rapids among top cities for 'youngest smiles'

Grand Rapids among top cities for 'youngest smiles'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids is among the top cities in the nation for people with the youngest smiles.

Grand Rapids comes in at number three in the rankings released by Sharecare, an online health and wellness community.  The rankings are based on a RealAge Test survey of 250,000 people.  According to Sharecare, Grand Rapids ranked high for diet diversity and happy marriages, which benefit health.

Here are Sharecare’s rankings for Top 10 Cities with the Youngest Smiles:

  • 1: Austin, Texas
  • 2: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 3: Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 4: Sacramento, California
  • 5: San Francisco, California
  • 6: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 7: San Diego, California
  • 8: Denver, Colorado
  • 9: Washington, D.C.
  • 10: Seattle, Washington

Free Demonstration: Fun with Tomatoes

Free Demonstration: Fun with Tomatoes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Rylee’s Ace Hardware,  located at 1234 Michigan NE,  invites the community out on Saturday, August 17  to learn tomato cooking techniques.

The Canning Diva, Diane Devereaux will present  the endless possibilities of using a pressure canner.  The instructional event starts at 10 a.m.

For more information, call (616)451-0724 or visit www.RyleeAce.com.

Billy Bear Hug Foundation to receive $10,000 from Amway's 'Who Cares' Challenge

Billy Bear Hug Foundation to receive $10,000 from Amway's 'Who Cares' Challenge

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The Billy Bear Hug Foundation, a non-profit organization in West Michigan which provides quality of life support to children with chronic and terminal illness, announced August 1 that it has been selected to receive $10,000 from Amway’s “Who Cares” Challenge: Youth Leadership Contest.

The online contest selected the top 10 outstanding youth change-makers from across the U.S. and Canada to give them a chance to amplify their impact on the world. The ten recipients were given $10,000 each to provide to the non-profit organization of their choice. Charlie Wondergem, co-founder of the Billy Bear Hug Foundation, nominated the organization in memory of his brother, William B. Wondergem.

LaughFest world record on the line July 26

LaughFest world record on the line July 26

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–   An unusual Grand Rapids record is on the line.

On Friday, July 26, visitors to “Cirque de Fairfield” in Fairfield, Iowa will try to break LaughFest’s Guinness World Record for the most people wearing fake mustaches. 

Gilda’s Club, which organizes LaughFest, has placed a friendly wager on the record attempt.  If the Fairfield community fails to break the Grand Rapids record, organizers will have to send Gilda’s Club a basket filled with goodies, and be publicly photographed in LaughFest clothing.  If Fairfield breaks the record, Gilda’s Club will have to ship out its own basket of goodies and sport Cirque de Fairfield clothing.

St. Stephen youth help feed West Michigan children in need

St. Stephen youth help feed West Michigan children in need

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hunger doesn’t take a summer off and neither does the St. Stephen Youth Ministry.

The East Grand Rapids group is visiting Kids Food Basket Wednesday, July 24 to help pack lunches for children who would otherwise go without a meal.  Youth Ministry Coordinator Brittany Bissell says during the group’s last visit, they packed more than 500 lunches.

Kids Food Basket is always in need of juice boxes, cracker packs, snack size Ziploc bags, peanut butter, bulk cheerios, pudding and fruit cups. For more information about how to donate or help, visit the Kids Food Basket website here.

East Grand Rapids gears up for triathalon after GR Facebook honor

East Grand Rapids gears up for triathalon after GR Facebook honor

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—East Grand Rapids is getting ready to host the Reeds Lake Triathalon again this year.

This is their 30th year for the race, which will take over portions of M-21 on September 7, leading to lane closures around 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.  The Reeds Lake Triathalon is expected to attract 1,200 athletes—approximately the same amount who turned out for the Grand Rapids Triathalon on June 9.

This week, Facebook named Grand Rapids the top U.S. city for triathalons.   Grand Rapids was the only Michigan city to make Facebook’s list of fittest cities, which was compiled based on fitness-related status updates, gym check-ins, use of fitness apps and fitness-related life events listed by Facebook users earlier this year.

'Meals at Home' awarded Group Volunteer of the Year Award

'Meals at Home' awarded Group Volunteer of the Year Award

A West Michigan group providing food for the elderly and people with disabilities is being honored.

LeadingAge Michigan recently awarded its Group Volunteer of the Year Award to “Meals at Home.”  Sunset Retirement Communities & Services started Meals at Home in 1997.  Each year, a team of 150 volunteers use their own vehicles and gas to deliver more than 23,000 meals throughout Grand Rapids.  Because of volunteers, Meals at Home has kept costs down to just $5 per meal.

During its 2013 gala, LeadingAge Michigan also honored Porter Hills Retirement Communities from My Town Ada/Cascade with its Care & Services Award.  The non-profit organization serves more than 800 adults from all income levels.