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Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Healthy Kent and the Kent County Health Department will begin tapping the community for ideas to make the county healthier Tuesday, Feb. 11.

From more health food stores to more mental health services, all ideas are welcome as both groups collect information for the 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment.

"The best way to ensure success of our health programs is to focus on what we can address and what we can improve, said Adam London, Kent County health officer who has dedicated staff working with Healthy Kent. "The data and information gathered in this step will help us develop top priorities to improve health outcomes in Kent County."

Local health departments are required to update their Community Health Needs Assessment every five years for state accreditation.  Hospitals must update their CHNA every three years.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

  • Feb.

Northview High students 'Keeping the Beat' in lip dub video

Northview High students 'Keeping the Beat' in lip dub video

NORTHVIEW, Mich.—Northview High School has unveiled its tribute to a Metro Health program aimed at saving student lives.

Keeping the Beat is a student heart screening program Metro Health offers to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death in youth.    The heart screenings are free to high school students ages 14-18. 

Late last month, someone posted this lip dub video by Northview High School on YouTube, in honor of the Keeping the Beat program.  It took approximately 1,200 students and staff members to pull off the production.

Whitehall Middle School students help knock out hunger

Whitehall Middle School students help knock out hunger

WHITEHALL, Mich.—Whitehall Middle School is giving hunger in West Michigan the one-two-three punch.

Students have been helping Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank by sorting food in the warehouse, funding mobile food pantries and collecting 68 pounds of plastic for TerraCycle, which makes a donation to the food bank in return for the clean recyclables it collects.  For more information on the recycleable donation program through Terracycle, click here.

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

Kent County turns to community to set health priorities

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—How would you make Kent County healthier?

That’s the question Healthy Kent and the Kent County Health Department is hoping to answer with a series of community meetings over the next three months.   From more health food stores to more mental health services, all ideas are welcome as both groups collect information for the 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment.

"The best way to ensure success of our health programs is to focus on what we can address and what we can improve, said Adam London, Kent County health officer who has dedicated staff working with Healthy Kent.

Frey Family Dentistry hosts free clinic for children

Frey Family Dentistry hosts free clinic for children

PLAINFIELD, Mich.—Frey Family Dentistry is donating its time to give uninsured children a smile.

On Friday, Feb. 7, the dental office will offer free exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants to children ages 14 and under who do not receive regular dental care because they do not have insurance.  The complimentary clinic will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call the dental office at (616) 222-0202.

Frey Family Dentistry is located at 6220 Jupiter Ave. NE in Belmont.

Local superheroes kick off 2014 Relay For Life of Comstock Park

Local superheroes kick off 2014 Relay For Life of Comstock Park

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. - Calling all superheroes to help in the fight against cancer! 

The theme for this year's event is "Superheroes - Finishing the Fight Against Cancer".  Please join our epic crusade at the 2014 Relay For Life Kickoff at Comstock Park High School on Thursday, Jan.

West Catholic goes purple for games against Northview

West Catholic goes purple for games against Northview

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—West Catholic’s varsity basketball teams will be trading in their green for purple Friday as the school hosts its inaugural Purple Community basketball games.

The West Catholic boys' and girls' teams will take on Northview.  The girls will tip off first at 6 p.m.  The boys’ game begins at 7:30 p.m.  Both West Catholic teams will be wearing commemorative purple jerseys for the game that will be auctioned off to benefit biomedical research at the Van Andel Institute.  Students will also be selling purple t-shirts and hosting a glow stick ceremony to honor loved ones affected y cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

West Catholic High School is located at 1801 Bristol Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.