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My Town Belding: Community members address substance abuse issues

My Town Belding: Community members address substance abuse issues

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BELDING, Mich. (Ionia County Health Department)-- Residents of Belding, Encounter Community Church, Ionia County Substance Abuse Initiative (ICSAI) and Ionia County Health Department met Thursday for a candid conversation about substance use related concerns.

Over sixty-eight people attended the community conversation to share their experiences, ask questions, and learn what local substance use disorder (SUD) resources are available.

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 Belding: Illness forces school to shut down

My Town Belding: Illness forces school to shut down

BELDING, Mich.—  Students of Faith Community Christian School will have a long weekend, as administrators shut down the school because of illness.

Principal Kim Borgeson says seven of the school’s 27 students were sick Wednesday.  Their symptoms included coughing and fever.  Borgeson says school employees are concerned it may be whooping cough, but so far there is no diagnosis.

While the school is normally cleaned daily, Borgeson says administrators are following the recommendations of the Ionia County Health Department by shutting down the building Thursday and Friday for a deeper scrub down.  She says workers will focus on disinfecting bathrooms, computer mice, keyboards and other surfaces the children normally come in contact with.

My Town Belding: Ionia County Health Department offers free parent class

My Town Belding: Ionia County Health Department offers free parent class

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IONIA COUNTY, Mich.- Guiding today's young people through adolescence is no easy task.

Is your teen pushing your buttons? Not sure how to handle it? The good news is you are not alone! The Ionia County Substance Abuse Initiative (ICSAI) is here to help you make the most of staying ahead of the game and find common ground with your teen. Shoulder to Shoulder is dedicated to helping make your job easier by connecting fellow parents and caregivers, and sharing the insight of those who have been there before. Whether you're looking to help fellow parents or get help from fellow parents and other organizations, the Shoulder to Shoulder Training is a good fit for you.

Federal report: More Michigan babies breastfeeding

Federal report: More Michigan babies breastfeeding

GREENVILLE, Mich. (Detroit Free Press) -- In a state where nearly 7 in every 1,000 babies die before their first birthdays, efforts to promote breastfeeding in hospitals and homes of new moms seem to paying off, according to a new federal report.

Health experts say one of the best ways to fortify baby against a world full of disease is with mother’s milk.

In 2013, three of four babies born in Michigan are breastfed at least once, with nearly 1 in four still being breastfeed a year later, according to the 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

The reasons?

Efforts by local hospitals and health advocates to focus on the first hours and days after birth.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.”