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Start the year right, give blood

Start the year right, give blood

Michigan Blood wants you to continue the season of giving by donating blood to start the new year.

If you attempt to donate at one of these blood drives, you will receive a $10 gift certificate to Outback Steakhouse

       Grand Rapids
       December 31  •  8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
       January 2  •  8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
       January 3  •  8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

       St. Joseph
       January 2  •  11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

Free food part of community open house at Family Fitness

PLAINFIELD TWP., (WZZM) Family Fitness on Plainfield Avenue is holding a customer appreciation day and community host to benefit Remembrance Ranch. 

Organizers say  it's a Christian based group that works with teens to help them find a healthy and productive path in life.

There will be a 50/50 raffle, dunk tank, weight lifting contest, a tire race and free hot dogs and hamburgers.

The event is Saturday April 28th from Noon until 3pm.

NO "Pink Slime" at Northview

NO "Pink Slime" at Northview

Since fast-food giant McDonalds announced it was pulling ‘pink slime’ from its hamburger recipes, parents around the nation have new concerns about the ammonia-based goo.

Here is a statement from Northview's meat supplier noting that ammonium hydroxide ("pink slime") is NOT used in their processing and they do NOT purchase materials from any supplier that uses ammonium hydroxide in their processing.

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.

Hot days.... drink more water

The warm days have finally arrived. We will be spending more time outside working in the yard, washing the car and exercising. As we do remember to keep yourself hydrated, which means drink more water. the Institute of Health recommends 3.7 liters a day on average. Obviously if you are doing more outside, take in more water. Heat exhaustion can become a life threatening event, and can be easily avoided. Now we all don't like drinking water, "no taste" is the normal excuse. There are several good additives to add flavor to your water. Crystal light makes a good additive as well as the new MIO (which can be found at Meijer).

These are all good additives and relatively inexpensive. definitely cheaper then a trip to the Emergency room. So enjoy the summer and all the activities, but be safe. 

The Numbers Are In: Rockford Relay Another Huge Success

The Numbers Are In: Rockford Relay Another Huge Success

Rockford lived up to its reputation over the weekend and held yet another successful Relay for Life event to benefit The American Cancer Society.  The 24-hour fundraising event raised $340,154.60!  Beyond raising money, Relay gives participants a reason to celebrate survival, and hope for a future that is free of cancer.  There were similar Relays held in communities throughout West Michigan over the weekend, including East Grand Rapids, Forest Hills/Cascade amd Comstock Park. 

Now is the time to register to "Give Kids a Smile"

Now is the time to register to "Give Kids a Smile"

This year's 'Give Kids a Smile' day will be held on Friday, February 4th.

The nationwide program is designed to provide dental care to under served children.

Frey Family Dentistry (6220 Jupiter Avenue NE) in Belmont will provide free exams, cleanings, fluoride and sealants to children 14 and under.

To participate, call the office of Frey Family Dentistry at 222-0202.