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Monday, May 30, is Memorial Day
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868. Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. We thank the service men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.
Click here to gain access to registration forms for the 2016-2017 school year
Grass Lake Community Wellness Initiative

The Grass Lake community has been chosen to be a part of the 5 Healthy Towns Foundation's 5 Healthy Towns, along with Dexter, Stockbridge, Chelsea, and Manchester. This opportunity offers unique expertise and funding toward expanding a healthy atmosphere.

The Grass Lake Community Wellness Initiative is a community-based organization with the mission to positively and pro-actively enhance our community's health and wellness. Community members, township and village officials, law enforcement officers, school district employees, local health organizations, and others have come together to develop a long term wellness plan that will satisfy the health needs of our community for years to come. There are four focus areas that are being concentrated on:
1. Avoiding Unhealthy Substances - To share information with the purpose of reducing the use of unhealthy substances.
2. Eating Better - To inform people how our diets can positively influence our lifestyles.
3. Connecting with Others In Healthy Ways - To create a community of caring individuals who support each other in overall community health and well-being.
4. Moving More - To support our community by offering effective ways for all ages to exercise and improve their health.

If you are interested in learning how to become a part of this effort, contact Initiative leaders Jim Stormont (517-522-8464), Mike Hirst (517-206-8563), or Doug Moeckel (517-522-5544).
Wellness Initiative Announcements
Yoga By The Lake Begins June 11
CONTACT: Matt Pegouskie
For Immediate Release
Grass Lake Welcomes Yoga by the Lake
Free Outdoor Yoga starts in June

Chelsea, MI, May 25, 2016 – The Grass Lake Community Wellness Initiative is teaming up with the 5 Healthy Towns Foundation and its Wellness Centers to bring Outdoor Yoga to the Grass Lake community. Free yoga classes will be held at the Grass Lake County Park (400 N. Lake Street) starting June 11th. The classes begin at 11 a.m. and will be held every Saturday through July 30th.
“The members of the Grass Lake Community Wellness Initiative are very excited to finally be able to offer Yoga classes to our community members,” said GLCWI chairperson Doug Moeckel. “This offering will further expand our outreach to individuals who may not have already found exercise classes to their liking. We appreciate the support given to the Grass Lake area by the 5 Healthy Towns Foundation to make offerings like this available.”
Participants should bring their own yoga mats or beach towels, water and sunscreen. For more information, please contact Matt Pegouskie, 5 Healthy Towns Investment Manager, at
Runners and Walkers, Please Take Notice...............
On Friday, July 8, the 6th Annual Traffic Jam’In 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run will be held beginning at the Community Events Park on Brown Street across the railroad tracks from the Depot Building. Go to to find a printable registration form, or you can register online at After the race enjoy the festivities at the park that will include live entertainment, carnival games, refreshment tent, food vendors, a car smash, raffles, bounce houses and inflatable rides. For more information, contact Dawn Cuddie at 517-268-3213, or, or go to
Pre-Diabetes Workshop Announced
We are launching a diabetes prevention workshop, "My Choice, My Health" in Grass Lake soon and we need participants! It is a proven weight loss program and it's FREE!

The program is 8 weekly sessions, followed by 8 every-other-week sessions, then 6-8 monthly sessions= one year commitment. It is for people who have prediabetes or are at risk of developing diabetes. Persons who qualify for this free workshop must be at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

There is a screening test, "Are you at Risk for Diabetes?", found on the American Diabetes Association website, or by going to…/PDFs/risk-test-paper-version.pdf. Go to for more details.

Safe Routes to School Work Continues
Through the support of the 5 Healthy Towns Foundation, Grass Lake community members are continuing to develop a proposal to enhance and improve the walking/biking areas around our community. Click here for an update on the progress.
5HF Announced as Winner of Wellness Award
This year the Governor’s Fitness Council selected the 5 Healthy Towns Foundation (5HF) as their 2016 Promoting Active Community Award winner. The award recognizes work in promoting infrastructure improvements, policies and programs that encourage active lifestyles. 5 Healthy Towns is the first Foundation to be honored with a Promoting Active Community Award. Go to for the complete press release. The 5HF sponsors and supports the Grass Lake Community Wellness Foundation in it efforts to promote eating better, moving more, avoiding unhealthy substances, and promoting positive healthy connections in the Grass Lake community.
5-Year Grass Lake Recreation Plan Unveiled
Thank you to Jim Stormont and our Recreation Committee for finalizing our next 5-Year Grass Lake Recreation Plan. Go to to view this document that will guide us into the year 2020.
Grass Lake's Mike Hirst Named "Citizen of the Year"
Congratulations Mike Hirst on your fight against opiate abuse. You earned this Citizen of Year award for all your hard work and we are all so very proud of you.
Drug Summit 2015
Here is the video from the Drug Summit where Mike Hirst was a keynote speaker. There are also many other amazing speakers! Our program sponsored Dr. Waller and the Michigan Center High School students were there to talk about their wonderful work in helping educate the students at their school. Go to for the video. Great job Mike Hirst and Chris Risner!

Two Basketball Courts Projected at Recreation Park
The Grass Lake Sports & Trails Recreation Park on Willis Road is expected to see two new basketball courts built in the near future as funding for the courts are being provided from Consumers Energy and American Tower, as well as grants from the 5 Healthy Towns Foundation. See the link for more information.
Jackson Trails Receive JCF Grant
Jackson County was awarded $40,000 to fund a trail connector project that will provide a direct link between the Cascades Falls Park and the Martin Luther King Jr. Equity Trail. ​
Community Walks on First and Third Saturdays
The Healthy Communities Walking Program invites all interested individuals to join Dawn Cuddie for group walks on the first and third Saturdays of each month beginning October 3. Meet at the ticket booth on the west side of Stoker Field in time to begin walking at 9:30 AM. There is no cost and no obligation for this activity.

If it's raining and/or snowing on Saturday morning, the walk will be canceled. I will also post the cancellation by 9am Saturday on If anyone has any questions they can email Dawn Cuddie at

Drug Depository Now Available

The misuse of prescription drugs is a main cause of drug addiction for our children. Regrettably this misuse occurs when dangerous prescription opiates, such as Vicaden, are not secured properly during use and after they have expired or are no long needed, leaving them accessible to our children.

Grass Lake now has a depository for unused or expired controlled substance prescription drugs that we are asking everyone to take advantage of. It is located at the Grass Lake Village Hall near the outside steps that lead to the 2nd story offices. It is available 24 hours per day. Help keep these drugs out of the hands of those they are not prescribed for.

Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation Renamed "5 Healthy Towns Foundation"
The former Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation’s Board of Directors approved a name and logo change for the Foundation at the August Board of Directors Meeting. The Foundation is now the 5 Healthy Towns Foundation (5HF). Go to to learn more.
GLHS Fitness Room Returns to School Year Hours
Beginning Tuesday, September 8, the Grass Lake High School Fitness Room will be open to the community for our school year hours of 6:00 AM-7:30 AM, and 6:00 PM-9:00 PM on days when school is in session. Users must be 18 or older, or supervised if younger. Cost is $1 per visit up to $10 per calendar month with payment going into a lock box in the room. Grass Lake High School hallways will be open for walking from 6:00 PM-9:00 PM on days when school is in session. Call the Community Services office with questions at 522-5544.

People walk in Jackson to advocate, celebrate recovery
There are many negative stories about people killed by drug overdoses, about the heroin epidemic and about crimes committed by addicts. But there are positive stories too. There are those who recover. Click here to see their message during a walk in Jackson on Saturday, August 29.

August 17 GLCWI Meeting Minutes
Please go to to find the minutes from our August 17 Grass Lake Community Wellness Initiative meeting. Thank you to all of you who attended our meeting and thank you to Ashley for compiling the minutes. Please note the flyer for a Diabetes Prevention Program on the last page of the minutes.
Farmers Market/Music in the Park Plans Moving Ahead
2014-2015 Approved GLCWI Intervention List
"Next Steps" Program Scholarships Made Available by CWF
Beginning this month all patients of the St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea's Cancer Center will receive scholarships to the Chelsea Area Wellness Foundation’s "Next Steps" program. The program is an eight week Wellness Center fitness program developed to support patients who are preparing for, in or recovering from cancer treatment. See the link included with this posting for full information about this exciting new partnership. Go to​ for more information.
GLCWI and Matt Pegouskie Receive Awards
Congratulations to the Grass Lake Community Wellness Initiative and the Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation's Matt Pegouskie for being recognized for their work toward improving the opportunities for wellness in our community and our State by the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association. See the press releases below,
Matt's Award -
Coalition Award -
Copper Nail Surpasses $200,00 in Donations
Congratulations to Grass Lake's Copper Nail Community Resale Shop for surpassing $200,000 of donations to community non-profits. Among the many organizations they have supported, the Copper Nail has been a strong advocate and supporter of education in the Grass Lake community. We appreciate their work toward make Grass Lake a great place to live and work.
5H Logo Ice Carving - Thank you Lauren Klapec
"Thank You!" to Lauren Klapec for doing such a wonderful job on her ice carving of our 5H logo at the Grass Lake Chili Cook-Off and Winter Festival on Saturday, January 17, in Downtown Grass Lake. It is spectacular and appreciated very much. Great job Lauren! Thank you to Diane Deboe for capturing the moment and sharing it.

A Note from the Staff at the CWF
No Foundation without U
If you received a copy of the 2014 Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation update last week, you may have noticed something peculiar. On the cover, the word foundation is missing a ‘u.’ While not by design, this simple typo provides CWF an opportunity to emphasize the importance of YOU. To our Community Coalitions, community members, wellness center members, program participants and programming staff the Board of Directors and staff of Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation say THANK YOU.
Without you, there is no 5 Healthy Towns Project. Without you, the membership, there are no wellness centers. There is no movement towards creating a culture of wellness within our communities.
Without you, the Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation is only a foundation. With you 5 healthy towns is a vibrant model demonstrating what collaboration can produce. There is nothing to stop Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester and Stockbridge – and all of you living within those school districts – from becoming the healthiest communities in the Midwest.
Thank U!
If you are someone who likes to be in the know, learn more about the great – and often FREE – activities happening within your community by following your local coalition and CWF on facebook.
We wish you well this Holiday Season. Happy, healthy New Year everyone.
Red Ribbon Week A Success.
Thank you to all the schools who are participating in the National Event called Red Ribbon Week (Oct 23-31): Columbia MS, Grass Lake HS, Grass Lake MS, Hanover Horton HS, Springport HS, Vandercook Lake HS and Western HS…unfortunately not all the schools were mentioned in the news clip (see link below). Also attached is the press release that was sent out earlier this week that did mention all our great schools!
Go to this link for the WILX report:
Keep your eye on MLive as they will be having a photo spread which should include more schools.
Go to this link for the news release:
Do you have a talent or a skill that you would like to share with Grass Lake students, but you need funding to make it happen. Investigate the granting opportunity presented by the Copper Nail and the Grass Lake Educational Foundation. The focus of the grant application is to provide hands-on, discovery-based opportunities for Grass Lake students in any age group from Kindergarten through the 12th grade. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BE A TEACHER, BUT TEACHERS ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE. Go to for a grant application. For more information, contact Doug Moeckel at 522-5544, or at
GLMS Students Preventing Risky Behaviors
Grass Lake Middle School and its students' artwork have been featured in a MLive article about their message toward preventing risky behaviors. This "Most Teens Don't" project was funded by the Chelsea Area Wellness Foundation/5 Healthy Towns project under the auspices of the Grass Lake Community Wellness Initiative. 
“Volunteer Grass Lake” Up and Running Again!

After a short absence from its online presence, the "Volunteer Grass Lake!" web page is available again for those of you who are interested in volunteering your time. The opportunities available include various tasks in the Grass Lake area that are suitable for individuals, organizations, and clubs. Please take a look at the page and volunteer when you can. This effort is being sponsored by the Grass Lake Area Historical Society and the Grass Lake Community Wellness Initiative. Also included on this web page is an area where community members can request volunteer services. Link to to access the page, or e-mail volunteergrasslake@gmail.comfor more information.

Grass Lake Park Improvements Discussed
Below is the link to the plan handouts that the Small Town Design Initiative provided Tuesday night from which we discussed proposed improvements to our local parks. If you would like to provide further feedback, please contact Matt Pegouskie at the Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation at matt@5healthytowns. We appreciate the participation of those who attended, and look forward to hearing from you, as well as those of you who were not able to attend. The plans reveal STDI’s suggestions that were gleaned from our earlier community meeting where our community members shared their opinions about our parks system.

Grass Lake High School Fitness Hours
The Grass Lake High School Fitness Room is open to the community on days when school is in session from 6:00-7:30 AM and 6:00-9:00 PM. The cost is $1 per visit up to a maximum of $10 per month and payment is made to a drop box in the room. Please contact Doug Moeckel for a pass in anticipation of visiting the room when a paid event is occurring in the gym by e-mailing

The Grass Lake High School classroom hallways are open to the community for walking at no charge from 6:00-9:00 PM on days when school is in session. No passes are necessary.

Please note that the building will be closed in the event of a home JV or Varsity Football Game.
Thank you to the 26 citizens who came to voice their opinions on the future of our community's park spaces at our Grass Lake Community Wellness Initiative's visioning session at The Depot on Thursday, August 15. We had a well-rounded group with whom facilitator Warren Rauhe has reported to have had an "excellent discussion".

Thank you to Matt Pegouskie of the 5 Healthy Towns Project for his assistance in recording answers and advising on the program's set up, to Tracie Boomer and Kristyn Sandoval of the George Long Elementary PTO who made fruit smoothies for us, and to Tom Nolte for setting up and tearing down The Depot. Also, thank you to Andy Scheller, Diane DeBoe, Heather Brown, Janelle Bechtel, Jim Stormont, Tom Nolte and Matt Pegouskie for attending our initial planning meeting with Warren to set a path for success.

We look forward to meeting with Warren again in about two months at an open community forum to discuss his findings. Click here for Shannon Maynard's account of the night on MLive.
"Sticker Shock" Program in Grass Lake Begins
Grass Lake's chapter of "Most Teens Don't" begins its "Sticker Shock" program in the Grass Lake area. This program acts as a reminder to adults not to purchase alcohol for minors. "Most Teens Don't" is a program directed by the Jackson County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. The "Sticker Shock" program is funded through the Grass Lake Community Wellness Initiative, which is funded through the 5 Healthy Towns project of the Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation. The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is supporting this project. Click here to see the MLive story.
Grass Lake's Healthy Communities Walking Program Begins April 11
The Grass Lake Community Walking Program begins Thursday, April 11. Join us at the Grass Lake County Park at the children's play area at 10 AM and 6 PM every Tuesday and Thursday. These will be led walks with program developer Kathy Camilleri and we look forward to seeing you. If you have questions you can contact the Healthy Communities Walking Program at 734-593-6271, or at, or on Facebook at
The Dangers of Prescription Medicines in the Wrong Hands
Every day prescribed pain killers are synthetic forms of heroin. Protect your children from the abuse of prescription drugs by being informed of the types of meds. that are addictive. Keep them locked up. Watch for county-wide drug drop-off days that will allow you to dispose of un-needed or expired prescription drugs. Click here to access a printable flyer

Healthy Living Websites
The Chelsea Wellness Foundation and the 5 Healthy Towns Project have compiled a large number of various website links that relate to our health and wellness in our daily lives. Click here to access an updated list of these important information sources.
Couch-to-5K Running Program
Too many people have been turned off of running simply by trying to start off too fast. Their bodies rebel, and they wind up miserable, wondering why anyone would possibly want to do this to themselves. You should ease into your running program gradually. In fact, the beginners' program we outline here is less of a running regimen than a walking and jogging program. The idea is to transform you from couch potato to runner, getting you running three miles (or 5K) on a regular basis in just two months. Click here for all of the details of the program.

Grass Lake Exchange Student Wins "Most Teens Don't" Poster Contest
The Jackson County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition received 18 poster entries for the "Most Teens Don't" countywide poster contest. The posters were judged based on creativity, poster requirements, and message. The four top posters were:
Winner: Don't Let Drugs Control You, Clara Rollan from Grass Lake High School (exchange student), $100 gift card.
Runners up: Clear Your Mind, Rylee Wolfrom from daVinci High School, $25 gift card; Don't Let Them Pull You Under, Carlie Murdock, Grass Lake Middle School, $25 gift card; Stop, Drop and Roll!, Ashley Maldonado, Hannah Bradley, Korrie Kempker, and Danielle Lee, Grass Lake High School, $25 gift cards.
The winning entry will be printed and modified for the spring billboard. Runners up posters will be printed as posters for Jackson County schools. Click here to see the Citizen Patriot article.
Synthetic Drug (K2, Spice, Etc.) Information
Synthetic drugs, or "fake weed" as many people call them, continues its assault on our youth. It is important for parents to know as much about it as possible to help turn the tide of substance abuse. This substance is disguised as an appropriate way to party for many youth and it needs to be controlled. Click here for the latest information from the Jackson County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.

Perspective on the Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Amy Heydlauff of the Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation offers her thoughts toward childhood obesity related to children in our area. "All around us are kids of every size.  We know that in the 5 Healthy Towns area (Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester & Stockbridge) more kids are overweight than in the State as a whole. The nation, too. But let’s not panic.  Let’s not teach that little boy wearing ‘husky’ jeans to be embarrassed.  Or that little girl to worry she’s not cute if she has cheeks that make you want to pinch them like a great-grandma." Click here to see Amy's comments in their entirety.

Prescription Drug Abuse is a Growing Problem in the United States
  • 1 in 5 teens has abused a prescription pain medication
  • 1 in 5 teens report abusing prescription stimulants and tranquilizers
  • 1 in 10 teens have abused cough medication
  • Though overall teen drug use is down nationwide, more teens abuse prescription drugs than any other illicit drug except marijuana – more than cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine combined.
  • Every day, 2,500 kids aged12-17 abuse a prescription painkiller for the first time and more people are getting addicted to prescription drugs.
  • Drug treatment admissions for prescription painkillers increased more than 300 percent from 1995 to 2005.
  • Teens are abusing prescription drugs because many believe the myth that these drugs provide a ”safe” high.
  • Especially troubling is that the majority of teens who abuse prescription drugs say they are easy to get and are often free.
Click here to see ways in which we can help prevent prescription drug abuse, which has been provided to us by the Jackson County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.

Another Victim of Heroin Addiction Tells Story

The Grass Lake Community Wellness Initiative is working with organizations across southern Michigan to improve the wellness of our communities. One of the most dangerous and potentially deadly impediments to improving wellness in the United States is the use of heroin. In the 12/27/11 edition of the Jackson Citizen Patriot, an interview with a local young man reports his all too common path toward heroin abuse, how he eventually ended up in jail, the regrets he has toward his family, friends, and community, and the hope he has for the future. He is sharing his story as a warning to other young people who may have a vision that drug use has benefits. Local advocate Mike Hirst works tirelessly to help addicts regain their lives, and also to help law enforcement clamp down on the supply lines of this dangerous drug. As Mike reminds all of us, “drugs first take your money, then they take your freedom, then they take your life.” Click here to see the Citizen Patriot story. If you want to learn more about Mike’s mission, you can call him at 517-206-8563, or you can look for Andy’s Angels on Facebook, which is Mike’s foundation.

State Champion Football Team Attributes Success to Nutrition
The eventual AAA Georgia State Champion Football team turned around its success when it was discovered that they weren't getting the nutrition they needed throughout the day. After receiving a grant and feeding the players better, their performance improved tremendously allowing them to finish the season with a 14-1 record and a state championship trophy. Click here to see the story.
Recreation Park Trails In The News Again!
Using a grant from the Chelsea Wellness Foundation the Grass Lake Community Sports & Trails Recreation Park has taken a major stride forward in the "trails" department. Utilizing this funding has resulted in having stoned and mowed walking trails, which has given our community yet another valuable recreational resource. We appreciate the work of Jim Stormont and the Township of Grass Lake toward directing this vision to its current status. The Citizen Patriot offers a story about the use of the trails at Click here to see a slide show exhibiting the trail.
Kettlebell Exercises - What They Can Do For You
If you've eyed the cast-iron kettlebells at your gym and couldn't imagine a use for them beyond doorstop, keep reading. Researchers found that people who did a 20-minute kettlebell workout torched almost 300 calories—and that's just for starters. When you factor in the muscle-sculpting impact (the calories burned after you exercise as your body repairs its muscle fibers), the total expenditure could increase by up to 50 percent. Kettlebell workouts have become a popular way to tone your body and increase flexibility. Click here for a 10-minute instructional video.
Dangerous Synthetic Drugs on the Market - Parents Beware
There are synthetic drugs that are marketed and sold as herbal incense across the United States, including Michigan, Jackson County, and online. They are being touted as “legal pot” or “fake weed”. They are carrying product names such as K2, Spice, Blaze, and Black Mamba. They were not intended for human consumption, but have found their way onto the market because kids can use them to get high and they are very difficult to detect in typical drug tests. Even though they are now illegal in Michigan, marketers continue to create new forms of the drug. Parents need to become familiar with the dangers these drugs present to their children. Click here to understand where the drug came from, how it is marketed, and what is being done to prevent its distribution. This is a large file. If you have problems opening it, call 522-5544 or e-mail and a copy will be sent to you.
Prescription drug misuse and abuse is cause for great concern.
As of 2008, teens cite prescription drugs as the second most accessible drugs available to them, after marijuana. Teens also view the drugs as 'safe' highs. Prescription drugs are medications that should only be used as prescribed. The addictive potential of prescription drugs is the same as that of illegal drugs -- such as cocaine or heroin -- and the consequences of use can be severe. Opioid (analgesic/narcotic pain relievers) drugs are the most commonly misused of prescription drugs. Click here to see more information about the dangers of misused and abused prescription drugs.

5 Healthy Towns Mentioned as Best Practice by Gov. Snyder
In the Governor's special message on health and wellness he mentioned the efforts of the 5H coalition as being a best practice. His comments included, "Community-based foundations and non-profit organizations can play an important role in improving the wellness of Michiganders. A best practice is the work being done by the Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation, which has instituted the Five Healthy Towns Project (5H) with the goal of making Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Grass Lake and Stockbridge the five healthiest towns in the Midwest. The 5H is a comprehensive, community-based project designed to expand wellness programs, infrastructure, and policies that spotlight wellness issues, foster collaboration, and close wellness gaps." Our efforts are not only beneficial to our communities, but they are being noticed by a widening circle of observers. Great Job!! Click here to see the Governor's full report.
Exercising just 15 minutes a day can add years to your life
Exercising just 15 minutes a day can add three years to your life, according to a study measuring the health benefits of low levels of activity. The large-scale study by Taiwanese researchers found people who averaged 90 minutes a week of moderate exercise had a 14 percent lower risk of dying after eight years, compared with those who were inactive. And their life expectancy was three years longer. Every additional 15 minutes of daily exercise lowered the risk another 4 percent -- and the risk of dying from cancer dropped by 1 percent.Click here to see the entire MLive article.

Healthy Cookbook Offered
The Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation recommends The Farmers Market Cookbook - Great recipes for using those tasty fresh fruits and vegetables! Click here to access the cookbook as a PDF file.
Healthy Foods A Success at Summer Youth League Concession Stand
GLCWI Nutrition Sub-Committee Chair Lisa Lutchka shares that volunteer Heather Davidson reports that healthy food options at the Grass Lake Summer Youth League concession stand were a great success this summer. We hope to build on this success through the end of the baseball/softball season and into the fall sports seasons, PTO activities, and other venues where our children can be exposed to healthy options that taste good. Click here to see Lisa's complete remarks. Thank you to Heather and Lisa for your efforts toward this important outcome.
Am I having a heart attack? The tell-tale signs are not always there
Heart disease is the leading killer of Americans, according to the American Heart Association, but it isn’t always easy to tell if you’re having a heart attack. Typically, a heart attack occurs when a blood clot blocks the blood flow to the heart, according to the Mayo Clinic. This blockage usually happens when one or more coronary arteries narrow due to unhealthy lifestyle, lack of exercise or high stress, to name a few. Symptoms typical of a heart attack include sweating, nausea, shortness of breath, dizziness, anxiety and nausea. The most prominent symptom is a squeezing chest pain, that can extend into the neck or down to the left or right arm and last a few minutes at a time. However, chest pain isn’t always the most prominent symptom among women. Click here to see the Citizen Patriot story to see symptoms of heart attacks and ways to avoid them.
Strength Training Aids in Maintaining Fitness
Muscle mass and strength start to decline at age 25 at about one-half pound a year, according to the American Council on Exercise. It becomes more noticeable about age 50. This loss of muscle mass due to aging is called sarcopenia. Troy Thielen, a fitness assistant at Allegiance Health, says strength training doesn’t have to be a full-time effort. But consistency is a key, he says. Click here for the full story from the Citizen Patriot.
Small lifestyle changes can shed pounds
From the Citizen Patriot - It’s well-known that diet and exercise are the keys to losing weight. But for many of us, it’s difficult to spare the time it takes to work out or plan healthier meals. Because of our busy schedules, we turn to convenient meals that are often loaded with calories. This article explains a proven process that you help you reach your goals.
Can we be healthy? Experts urge Jackson community to make health a priority
Jackson County has health issues. The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports that the health statistics are gloomy for Jackson County residents, and until people are ready to quit offering excuses about having no time to cook or exercise, three area experts say it will only get worse. Giving up bad habits, everything from smoking to over-eating, is hard. Perhaps in this “feel good” era, experts said we need to give ourselves a regular dose of tough love to get started and stay on a healthy path. Click here to see the Cit Pat story.
"Bath Salts" - New Dangerous Drug Available
What are “bath salts”? “Bath salts” is a “designer drug” that has been recently become available. This is a powerful drug that causes severe side effects. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in the New Orleans area has confirmed that much of the supply is coming in from China and is distributed to head shops, convenience stores and through the Internet. This drug is not useful as a bath product. The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) reports a surge of cases across the state related to the recreational use “bath salts.” Emergency departments have reported cases over the past four weeks, with one suspected death. Most were young adults in their 20’s to 30’s. Click here for more information.
Avoiding Common Gym Mistakes
Jim Scott, Ph.D., professor of health and physical fitness at Jackson Community College, says too often people try to fit workouts around other obligations, when exercise should be scheduled first. “Make it a priority,” he says. Click here for the details.

YMCA Trainer Bob Moles Promotes Effectiveness of Push-Ups
Bob Moles, YMCA Trainer, was recently quoted in the Citizen Patriot suggesting that push-ups are the very best exercise for the upper body. Click here to read the article that explains the benefits of this exercise and the proper techniques for completing it.
Wellness Initiative Files
 Jackson County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Materials
If you would like more information about our Coalition, please contact Kelsey Haynes at (517) 796‑5133 or

 Contacts for Illegal Drug Activity and Tips for Parents.pdf
Here is helpful contact information if you suspect illegal drug activity, and also helpful information if you have children in your home when prescription drugs are accessible.
 EPIDEMIC - Responding to America's Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis.pdf
A report on the latest Monitoring the Future study showing that prescription drugs are the second most-abused category of drugs after marijuana and how we can battle this crisis.
 Facts About Prescription Drugs.pdf
Prescription drugs that are accessible to our children at home can be extremely dangerous if not stored securely. This document tells you why.
 Int'l Watchdog Warns on Designer Drugs.pdf
New designer drugs are being manufactured and then marketed to our youth with names that do not sound alarms. Use this article to become more informed of what you should be listening for.
 Substance Abuse Community Resource List.pdf
Substance Abuse Community Resource List from the Jackson County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
 The Marriage Creed.pdf
An Anti-Heroin Poem
 University Region Bike Trail Maps.pdf
Bike Trail Maps for the Counties of Jackson, Hillsdale, Lenawee, Monroe, and Washtenaw. (Large PDF File)
 Walk Michigan! Coordinator Package.pdf
Walk Michigan! is a program that can be done in anywhere, whether in parks, community centers, trails, or city streets. Because Michigan ranks second in the nation in the number of overweight people, it is important that we as health and fitness promoters address this ever-pressing issue. Physical activity makes people stronger and more energetic, prevents weight gain, and helps to lower anxiety and stress.
+ Lissa Cole
+ Mike Hirst
Click on name to see details.

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