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Safe way to get rid of unwanted medication

Safe way to get rid of unwanted medication

What’s in your medicine cabinet?  Do you have bottles of old medication?  Flushing the pills down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.  There is another way to get rid of unwanted prescription drugs in Kent County.

On October 28, 2011, from  8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Kent County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to Kent County Sheriff’s Office at 701 Ball Ave NE.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 

This effort is part of the Nationwide Prescription Drug "Take-Back” Day.

The Veggie Mobile Sets Up Shop

The Veggie Mobile Sets Up Shop

By J. Bennett Rylah

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids may be known for its fitness centers, but it's more than a gym. Actively devoted to promoting a healthy lifestyle for all, the Y has been successful with many community outreach programs. This summer, the Y had their own farmers' market, offering local and fresh produce in the parking lot -- produce that could be purchased by low-income residents using EBT. Also, the Y recently switched their café over to the GW2 cafe, a partnership with Goodwill Industries to offer healthier options for customers and valuable work experience for those enrolled in Goodwill's hospitality services programs.

Nourish Organic Market: Your Third Best Food Source

Nourish Organic Market: Your Third Best Food Source

By Jason Lester

There is much talk these days about sustainability: sustainable business practices, sustainable farming and the importance of living a sustainable lifestyle. Sheri Rop wants to see if this idealistic concept can be put into actual practice. Nourish Organic Market is her experiment to see just how sustainable sustainability is.

Kent County to Receive $1 Million Federal Grant to Improve the Health of Residents

Kent County to Receive $1 Million Federal Grant to Improve the Health of Residents

This story was submitted by Anne Veltema of the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 29, 2011 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has selected Kent County as the recipient of a $1 million grant to develop a Community Transformation Implementation Plan. The grant is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Community Transformation Grants to support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities and control health care spending.

The three-year development grant will bring multiple organizations together to create a strategic approach to reduce three health measures by 5 percent:

• Death and disability due to tobacco use
• Death and disability due to heart disease and stroke
• Obesity rates

“The selection of our community as an award grantee is wonderful news,” said Erin Inman, director, Spectrum Health Healthier Communities.

MomsLikeMe Weight Loss Challenge Underway!

MomsLikeMe Weight Loss Challenge Underway!

Grand Rapids MomsLikeMe.com's fall Weight Loss Challenge is underway!  Running through early November, local moms are logging in exercise and sharing food tips. Now that kids are back in school, take some time for yourself and visit MomsLikeMe.com today!

Let's Talk Healthcare

Let's Talk Healthcare

Michigan Consumers for Healthcare (MCH) and Detroit Public Television (DPTV) are cosponsoring a series of Healthcare Community Conversations throughout Michigan during the months of September and October in response to Governor Rick Snyder’s initiatives on health care; also to discuss how healthcare reform will be implemented in Michigan.

On September 28, 2011 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., MCH will be presenting a Healthcare Community Conversation at Dominican Center at Marywood. Open to all and free of charge, the public is invited to attend, learn and discuss the most important issues facing our state. 

Farm to Table, Doorganics Delivers

Farm to Table, Doorganics Delivers

By Kelly Quintanilla