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Holland Hospital offers help with New Year's resolutions

Holland Hospital offers help with New Year's resolutions

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HOLLAND, Mich. (Holland Hospital) – With the new year approaching, now is the time to make those New Year’s resolutions to be healthier in 2014.  Holland Hospital’s Center for Good Health is offering several classes which can help you succeed.

Budge Your BMI.

Learn how to budge your Body Mass Index (BMI) and make your better biometrics resolution a reality. Monday, January 6 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Fee: $5)

 

Leave the Pack Behind/Tobacco Cessation.

A seven-week class exploring evidence-based cessation techniques including nicotine replacement therapies. Starts Tuesday, January 7 from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (Fee: $45)

 

Seasonal Affective Disorder: More Than Just the Winter Blues.

LaughFest announces expanded performances in Holland and Lowell

LaughFest announces expanded performances in Holland and Lowell

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (NEWS RELEASE) – Gilda’s LaughFest has announced the talent lineup for shows in Holland and Lowell during the festival’s fourth year, which runs from March 6 – 16, 2014.

Holland shows will include Christian comic Jeff Allen, Kids Joke Night, Holland Chorale, Klompen Comedy, Laughter Yoga and community showcases. Shows in Lowell include PJ Walsh, Kids Joke Night, Laughter Yoga and community showcases.

“Over the last few years, the programming we’ve had in Holland and Lowell has grown in popularity,” said Joanne Roehm, LaughFest festival director. “As a result, we’re excited to bring more great entertainers to these communities and we’ve diversified the types of performances offered.”

'Tis the season to donate to the American Red Cross

'Tis the season to donate to the American Red Cross

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, according to the American Red Cross.

Blood and platelet donations helped save the life of Cody Hermeling after a devastating car crash.  During his first days in the intensive care unit, doctors gave Hermeling a three-percent chance of survival.   It took expert care and 187 units of donated blood and platelets for him to survive.  Hermeling and his family and friends will celebrate his life by donating blood and platelets this holiday season.

 “Hospital patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood and platelets,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “Blood donations are used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, premature babies, organ-transplant patients and those living with chronic blood diseases each and every day.” 

Vote for your favorite executive 'stache

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—November is coming to an end which means the ‘staches are coming off!

Five executives from West Michigan have been growing mustaches for Movember, a month-long campaign to “change the face of men’s health” by raising awareness of health risks.   The men have been posting their progress on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Facebook page.    The final mustache photos will be posted on the Facebook page on December 2 for a public vote.  Visitors can pick their top two favorite ‘staches by “liking” the appropriate photos.  The vote runs from 11 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.  Tuesday.

This year’s participants are:

Hope College Relay for Life returns November 15

Hope College Relay for Life returns November 15

HOLLAND – The student-organized Hope College chapter of Colleges Against Cancer will hold its 11th annual Relay for Life event from 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, until 7 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Dow Center.

Relay for Life is part of a national fund-raising initiative for the American Cancer Society.  The non-competitive event invites members of the Hope College community to form teams then walk the Dow Center’s track overnight to raise funds for research, education, advocacy and service in the fight against cancer.

Hope College Dance Marathon group plans 5K race benefit for Nov. 16

Hope College Dance Marathon group plans 5K race benefit for Nov. 16

HOLLAND, Mich. – The students behind the Dance Marathon at Hope College have scheduled a benefit 5K run/walk for Saturday, Nov. 16, as part of the group’s ongoing 2013-14 fundraising effort for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

The race will begin at 10 a.m. at the college’s DeVos Fieldhouse, facing Fairbanks Avenue. Registration can be found online at  http://eventreg.hope.edu/EmsRegics/DanceMarathon5K. Participants who sign up with a group will pay $20. The individual fee is $25. Registration will also be available the morning of the event at DeVos Fieldhouse.

Schedule of American Red Cross blood drives

Schedule of American Red Cross blood drives

 

 

Schedule of American Red Cross blood drives in

Allegan, Kent and Ottawa Counties

 

In Doubt About Giving Blood? You Could Be Eligible.

Some health concerns not an issue when donating

 

Lansing, MI—October 25—Think you’re not a good candidate for blood donation? Think again. Sometimes, people with high blood pressure and diabetes suspect they are not eligible to give blood. Many cancer survivors also believe they will be deferred because of their previous illness.

 

“But that’s not always the case,” said Todd Kulman, Communications Program Manager for the Great Lakes Region of the American Red Cross.