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Free Student Heart Screening

Free Student Heart Screening

With unexpected deaths of young people in the Grand Rapids area, it is so important to see to it that students are checked out, especially before engaging in sports. Metro health is sponsoring a FREE heart screen for students ages 14-18. This is a great opportunity to get checked out. Please take the time to get signed up.

My Town: Mary Free Bed Fine Arts Exhibition returns

My Town: Mary Free Bed Fine Arts Exhibition returns

The Mary Free Bed Guild welcomes the public to the 32nd annual Fine Arts Exhibition.

This event showcases works by physically challenged Michigan artists, while promoting awareness and education. The Mary Free Bed Guild will purchase select artwork for permanent display in the hospital. Remaining pieces may be for sale, at the discretion of the artists.

This exhibition takes place at the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, located at 235 Wealthy Street SE in Grand Rapids, and is open through August 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

My Town: Shaved heads and blood donations add up to $16,000 for Gilda's Club Grand Rapids

My Town: Shaved heads and blood donations add up to $16,000 for Gilda's Club Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Shaved heads and blood donations are adding up to a big boost for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

The organization today accepted two checks from Blue Care Network, Michigan Blood and Grand Valley State University’s Delta Tau Delta fraternity, totaling more than $16,000.

The check from BCN and Michigan Blood comes from LaughFest-related blood drives. BCN donated $5,060, which was matched dollar for dollar through the High Five Campaign, which benefits child cancer, grief and emotional support programs provided by Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

The second check came from Delta Tau Delta, which raised more than $6,500 through a head-shaving event held after a fraternity member’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids provides emotional support for people battling cancer, as well as their loved ones.  GCGR is located at 1806 Bridge Street NW.

My Town GR Central: Former Vice President Dick Cheney in town

My Town GR Central: Former Vice President Dick Cheney in town

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A former vice president is in town, to share his longtime battle with heart disease.

Dick Cheney will address members of The Economic Club of Grand Rapids during a luncheon April 21.  Cheney will join his doctor, Jonathan Reiner, to discuss his 35-year battle with heart disease as well as promote his book, “Heart: An American Medical Odyssey”. 

The event will take place at the JW Marriott, but is open to members only.  

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

MSU’s second annual Gran Fondo cycling event raises funds for skin cancer research

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine announces plans for its second annual Gran Fondo on June 28, 2014.

Italian for “Big Ride,” proceeds from this this non-competitive cycling event go towards programs to increase awareness, prevention and detection of skin cancer and supports MSU’s skin cancer research.

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

My Town: Kent Intermediate School District gets health program grant

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—  The Kent Intermediate School District is getting a federal boost to physical and nutritional education programs. 

 U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to local education agencies and community-base organizations.  Only two groups in Michigan were awarded funding; KISD is getting $429,404 for programs to help K-12 students develop healthy lifestyles and meet state standards for physical education.

“A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement.”

My Town: The Hashtag Battle over the 2014 Jump Jam

My Town: The Hashtag Battle over the 2014 Jump Jam

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  What started as a hashtag battle about the 2014 Jump Jam has turned into a friendly wager between Grand Rapids Public Schools’ superintendent and Spectrum Health’s senior vice president.

GRPS posted the hashtag battle between Theresa Weatherall Neal and Steve Heacock to YouTube last Friday.  In the video, Weatherall Neal challenges Heacock to a friendly bet on two of the Jump Jam teams, with the loser buying lunch from either the hospital or school cafeteria.  Mayor George Heartwell makes a surprise appearance at the end of the video.