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Double Up Food Bucks program begins again July 1

Double Up Food Bucks program begins again July 1

A program aimed at helping low income families eat healthier is back for another season.

Double Up Food Bucks runs July 1 through October 31, 2013.  Participating markets will match the amount spent by shoppers using a SNAP Bridge Card.  The maximum match is $20 per day, and shoppers do not need to use their Double Up Food Bucks the same day they get them.

In West Michigan, participating farm markets include:

  • Ada Farmers’ Market (7239 Thornapple Dr.)
  • Byron Farmers’ Market* (84th & Byron Center, Byron Center)
  • Downtown Market Grand Rapids (435 Ionia St. SW)
  • Fulton Street Farmers’ Market* (1147 East Fulton St.)
  • Greenville Farmer’s Market (1325 W. Washington, Veteran’s Park)
  • Healthy Street Farmers’ Market (431 Cass Ave. SE, Grand Rapids)
  • Holland Farmers’ Market (150 W.

Grand Rapids among top ten cities for happy marriages

Grand Rapids among top ten cities for happy marriages

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— If you’re hoping for a happy marriage, move to Grand Rapids.

The city is among the top 10 cities for a happy marriage, based on Sharecare’s RealAge Test.  The rankings are based on a survey of 250,000 people.

Dr. Keith Roach, the co-creator of RealAge Test says healthy, happy and fulfilling unions hold anti-aging benefits for men (4.2 years) and women (2.5 years) and lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and even car accidents. Based on the survey, happy marriages are most likely to be found in:

  • #1. Cincinnati, OH
  • #2. Salt Lake City, UT
  • #3. Greenville, SC
  • #4. Milwaukee, WI
  • #5. Boston, MA
  • #6. Pittsburgh, PA
  • #7. Charlotte, NC
  • #8. Knoxville, TN
  • #9. Indianapolis, IN
  • #10: Grand Rapids, MI

Hazardous Waste Day for Kent County Households

Hazardous Waste Day for Kent County Households

Saturday, June 22nd, is the day to finally get rid of some household hazardous waste products that most people seem to have. So many items need to be disposed of in a safe manner and this is your chance to do just that.

Kent County Department of Public works is holding this event from 8:30am until Noon at 1500 Scribner NW, in Grand Rapids. These are items they will accept: oil based paint & thinner, fertilizers, pool & photo chemicals, bug spray & weed killer, fluorescent tubes & CFL bulbs, cleaners, fire extinguishers, gasoline, antifreeze, motor oil, mercury thermostat & thermometers and aerosol cans.

Items that will NOT be accepted: fireworks, ammunition, propane, tires, medication needles, latex paint and business & non-Kent County wastes.

For additional information, you may call, 616-336-2570 or 1-888-217-2850 or you may go on line to: www.accessKent.com/hhw

Exodus Place expands nursing internship program

Exodus Place expands nursing internship program

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Exodus Place is expanding its internship program for nursing students.

Exodus Place currently partners with more than 14 health organizations to provide clinical internship opportunities for students from as far away as the University of Detroit Mercy.  Interns take part in assessing residents with health issues, taking their vital signs, and teaching them how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Nursing students interested in a summer or fall internship should contact Helen Goeman at (616) 242-9130.

Exodus Place is a facility that offers shelter, meals and employment, health and spiritual resources to military veterans and other men.

'Healthier Home' featured during Spring Parade of Homes

'Healthier Home' featured during Spring Parade of Homes

ROCKFORD, Mich.—One of West Michigan’s first “Healthier Homes” will be on display during the 2013 Grand Rapids Spring Parade of Homes.

The home, located at 9309 Stone View Drive, is part of Sable Homes’ Stone Crest development in Rockford.  The 2,242 square foot house is the first of its kind in West Michigan to feature AirRenew gypsum board walls, which purify the air for 75 years, converting contaminants like formaldehyde into safe inert compounds. The walls are also moisture and mold resistant. It also contains latex paint and primer that  are free of volatile organic compounds.

The Spring Parade of Homes runs May 24 through June 8.  Tickets start at $10.

Arthritis Walk honors Grand Haven child

Arthritis Walk honors Grand Haven child

 

Grand Rapids, Mich. (Arthritis Foundation) – Honoring 14-year-old Riley Innes of Grand Haven, the Arthritis Foundation will host Arthritis Walk on May 4, 2013, at the John Ball Park Zoo in Grand Rapids.

This annual event promotes the health benefits of physical activity while raising awareness and support for programs, services, and research that help people with arthritis.

Arthritis Walk is a fun and non-competitive three-mile walking event. Walkers will enjoy refreshments, music, messages, and other family-friendly activities all on the beautiful grounds of the John Ball Park Zoo. Proceeds support the Arthritis Foundation’s work to prevent, control, and find a cure for arthritis.

Senior Odyssey of the Mind Competition

Senior Odyssey of the Mind Competition

Senior Odyssey of Michigan will host teams of older adults who will compete against each other in Odyssey of the Mind, on Saturday, April 27th at the Ceglarek Fine Arts Center in Allendale from 10:00am – 12 Noon. The center is located at 10760 68th Ave. in Allendale. Julie Lake can be reached for more information at 616-233-0283.

Lunch will be available for purchase at the Center.

Some things really do get better with age, like Odyssey of the Mind.