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Fall Classes at Kentwood Parks & Recreational Center

Fall Classes at Kentwood Parks & Recreational Center

Kentwood Parks & Recreation Fall Classes are about to get underway beginning November 1, 2013. This is a listing of the classes:

Fridays, November 1st thru December 13th: (Skip 11/29) from 6-7pm, Dog Obedience classes will be held. This class is for dogs 5 months and older who have never had formal obedience training or as a refresher course for others. The cost is $60.00.

Mondays, November 4th through the 18th from 6:30-8:00pm, Ballroom Dance will be taught to beginner couples and those who may need a tune-up. Cost: $99.00 per couple.

Mondays, November 4th through December 9th, from 7-8:30pm, Introduction to Pottery will be taught with a variety of techniques working with clay in this fun, hands-on class.

Clash over contraceptives: Kentwood company takes case to Supreme Court

Clash over contraceptives: Kentwood company takes case to Supreme Court

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Three legal groups are teaming up to urge the nation’s highest court to take on a Kentwood company’s lawsuit against a portion of the Affordable Care Act.

The owners of Autocam filed the lawsuit against the HHS mandate, saying the measure requiring Autocam to provide employee health insurance that offers contraceptives infringes on the company owners’ rights to freely exercise their religious faith.  

Company CEO John Kennedy is Catholic; he says that portion of the law conflicts with his religious beliefs.   However, a  federal appeals court rejected his appeal.  Now the company’s owners want take their case to the highest court.

The Chicago-based Thomas More Society, the Catholic Vote Legal Defense Fund and a Michigan law firm are petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.

American Red Cross is out for blood

American Red Cross is out for blood

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—It’s Halloween time, and the American Red Cross is out for blood. 

This month, the organization is partnering up with the Grand Rapids Ballet to offer donors a buy one, get one free coupon to the company’s performance of “Dracula.”

“Much like Dracula needed blood to stay alive, thousands of hospital patients also need this precious resource to survive,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager with the Great Lakes Blood Services Region. 

This year’s production of Dracula returns with a newly orchestrated score and updated scenery and projections.

The American Red Cross will be holding blood drives at the following locations:

Rockford couple honored by Arthritis Foundation, Michigan

Rockford couple honored by Arthritis Foundation, Michigan

A Rockford couple’s work to help those with arthritis will come full circle October 8, as they are honored during the Arthritis Foundation’s Tribute to Excellence event at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Dan and Lou Ann Gaydou became advocates for those with arthritis after a previous Tribute to Excellence event, where they met a Grand Valley State University student battling juvenile arthritis.  Since then, their work has included several years on the Tribute to Excellence event committee and garnering more support for the Arthritis Foundation.

 “Arthritis is a terrible disease,” says Dan. “Lou Ann and I are thrilled to be honored and even more pleased that we have this special opportunity to further help people with arthritis.”

Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Meijer) – Meijer, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter chain, announced today that it is partnering with Priority Health, Michigan's leading health plan, to raise awareness and help customers obtain information regarding their options as open enrollment for health insurance begins under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

The Michigan-based entities have unveiled a Health Reform and You! website at http://www.meijer.com/aca and are also providing informational brochures for customers at 203 Meijer pharmacy locations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

WMU: More people working out at work

WMU: More people working out at work

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Western Michigan University & WZZM)-- More Americans are standing, walking and even cycling through their workdays thanks to new office equipment that lets them stay active.

The new workstations include standing desks with treadmills, physio balls instead of chairs and cycling equipment that fits under the desk, says Dr. Timothy Michael, a WMU professor of human performance and health education.

"There are lots of suggestions of ways we can increase our physical activity," Michael says. "A lot of jobs, where you're sitting at a desk all day in front of your computer, we know that that encourages bad behaviors in general. We also know that sitting all day long is starting to become a risk factor for heart disease. It's really getting close to where cigarette smoking is.

Preparing for flu season: Health department now offering shots

Preparing for flu season: Health department now offering shots

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Flu season is approaching and now is the time to get immunized.

The Kent County Health Department is administering its first flu shots of the season beginning Monday, September 23.  Adults and children six months and older are eligible for the vaccine.  Prices are $33 for the preservative free FluMist nasal spray, $20 for a preservative free four strain shot, $29 for the preservative free three strain vaccine and $25 for the three strain shot.   Parents of children who have no insurance or who have insurance that doesn’t cover vaccines will only be asked to pay for administering the shot, which costs up to $15.

Although no cases of flu have been reported to the county so far this season, health officers say Kent County experienced a substantial increase in confirmed flu cases last season, leading to dozens of calls for vaccinations late in the season.