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My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are sharing their top tips to stay safe in this extreme cold.

"As we saw last winter, these arctic blasts can create hazardous situations," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures."

Exposure to these subzero temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather:

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

My Town: Hospitals get new funding to help newborns survive and thrive

My Town: Hospitals get new funding to help newborns survive and thrive

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Several West Michigan hospitals are getting funding to help ensure newborns have a better chance at surviving and thriving at home.

The Michigan Department of Community Health is awarding $10,000 to each birthing hospital to help employees identify and connect families in need to home visiting programs, including the Maternal Infant Health Program and the Children’s Special Health Care Services program.

“Michigan’s birthing hospitals have the unique opportunity help link newborns and their families to important support services as they transition home,” said Nick Lyon, director of the MDCH. “Connecting Michigan families to these resources is crucial to reducing infant deaths, improving the health of babies at birth, during their first year of life, and throughout early childhood.”

My Town: Flu uptick expected to hurt blood donations

My Town: Flu uptick expected to hurt blood donations

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—With this flu season on track to be one of the worst in years, the American Red Cross is worried blood donations will take a hit.

Traditionally, the winter months are already a difficult time for donation drives, with holiday traveling, school breaks and inclement weather.  The American Red Cross is hoping more West Michiganders will make a resolution to roll up their sleeve and give life-saving blood.  All blood types are needed. 

 

Allegan

  • Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. – American Legion

 

Allendale

  • Jan. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. – Grand Valley State University Kirkhof Center

 

Coopersville

  • Jan. 26, from 12:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. – Coopersville United Methodist Church

 

Fennville

My Town: i’move shares tips to prevent winter injuries

My Town: i’move shares tips to prevent winter injuries

SPRING LAKE, Mich. When people think of winter injuries, they think of high level sports like skiing and snowboarding. However, the reality is that everyday activities pose a similar threat for strains, sprains and falls in the winter, according to physical therapist Ryan Tanis.

“Shoveling contributes to many of the injuries we treat this time of year,” said Tanis, Clinic Director at i’move’s Holland location. “It’s a movement that the body has not performed since last winter. Without adequate flexibility and strength, this seasonal activity can result in injury.”

More than 310,000 people were treated for winter sports related injuries in 2012, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. i’move, formerly known as Shoreline Sport & Spine, encourages novices and experts alike to prepare their bodies before engaging in winter sports and daily activities.

My Town Holland: Easing hopelessness among heart patients starts at home

My Town Holland: Easing hopelessness among heart patients starts at home

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HOLLAND – Susan Dunn of the Hope College nursing faculty is lead author of a study that has found that home exercise can ease hopelessness in people with coronary heart disease, research announced during a major American Heart Association (AHA) conference on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

The study was shared during the AHA’s Scientific Sessions 2014, held in Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday-Wednesday, Nov. 15-19.  Scientific Sessions is the leading cardiovascular meeting in the country with more than 17,000 professionals attending annually, and more than 22,000 total attendees, as reported by the Healthcare Convention and Exhibitor’s Association.

Dunn was one of approximately 15 research presenters, out of thousands at the event, who were selected for a taped interview.  The AHA’s news release about the research and the interview can be viewed at http://newsroom.heart.org/news.

My Town: Rangers rally for Gilda's Club in inaugural game Sept. 26

My Town: Rangers rally for Gilda's Club in inaugural game Sept. 26

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Forest Hills Central’s varsity football team is taking the battle against cancer onto the gridiron this week, with an inaugural game benefit ting Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

The Rangers will take on West Ottawa Friday, Sept. 26 in the charity game at the FHC stadium.  Tailgating will start at 6 p.m. and kick-off is 7 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.  For additional information, contact Kathleen Buzzitta at kathleenswanson@hotmail.com (616) 308-1646.

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids provides emotional support to cancer patients and their loved ones through networking, workshops and community activities.  The nonprofit organization serves more than 10,000 people each year at its two club houses in Grand Rapids and Lowell and five community centers.