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Late Start Wednesday - Wednesday, December 20, will be our monthly delayed start for planned teacher professional development. All school buildings will begin classes two hours later than their regularly scheduled times and all buses will begin their routes two hours later than regularly scheduled. This does not affect any Little Warriors programs, nor does it affect Career Center students. 
Half Days of School - ​Thursday, December 21, and this Friday, December 22, will be half days of school as we end the first semester of the 2017-2018 school year. Grass Lake Middle School will release students at 11:30 AM, Grass Lake High School will release students at 11:35 AM, and George Long Elementary School will release students at 11:40 AM.
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 (517-867-5544).
Wellness Initiative Announcements
GLCWI July 17 Meeting Report
Included are links to materials generated from our monthly GLCWI general meeting held on Monday, July 17. Thank you to Ashley Tomasi for handling these important duties for us.
Please note that our meetings are normally on the third Monday of each month, but because of a scheduling conflict on August 21, our next meeting will be THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, at 6:00 pm, in the Grass Lake High School Library. We will finalize our Year 6 intervention list at that time.
Beginning September 18, our meetings will return to the Grass Lake Township Hall/Senior Center, and to our 3rd Monday routine. Please remember that our meetings are open to anyone interested in improving wellness in our Grass Lake community. We are a large part of making "Grass Lake A Great Place to Call Home!"
7.17.17 GLCWI Meeting Agenda -
7.17.17 GLCWI Meeting Minutes -
2017 NEAT Scorecard -
2017 PAC & NEAT Survey Results -
Grass Lake PAC Summary Score -
2017 Diabetes Prevention Report -
GLCWI Long Range Plan -
GLCWI's Hard Work Reaps State-Wide Recognition
Grass Lake Township and the Village of Grass Lake were honored with the 2017 Active Community Award on April 20 at the Governor's Fitness Awards ceremony in Detroit. Community members Joe DeBoe, Jim Stormont, and Dawn Cuddie represented Grass Lake at the awards banquet and were accompanied by Matt Pegouskie and Amy Heydlauff of the 5 Healthy Towns Foundation. Well done Grass Lake!
Grass Lake Farmers Market & Music in the Park Opening Soon

We are excited to bring back to Grass Lake the 5th Annual Music in the Park series.
Location: Whistle Stop Park (Downtown Grass Lake)
2017 Farmers Market will be every Wednesday starting May 10 and then every Wednesday through September 27. Time: 4P.M. - 7P.M.
Grass Lake is: A Great Place to Call Home!
2017 Music in the Park - 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the Month May 3rd through September 21st. 6 P.M. - 8 P.M. Act (Sponsor)
May – 3 ABC Sisters (State Farm Insurance / Susan Cobb-Starrett)
May – 17 MoJo Lite (JD Industrial Supply)
June - 7 Steve Berkemeier (Coppernoll's Hardware)
June – 21 Ian Stewart (Grass Lake Community Pharmacy)
July – 5 Kyle Neely (Cevins Collision)
July – 19 Bickel Brothers (Paul & Dan) (B & G Landscape Creations)
Aug – 2 Kevin Nichols (April Scott Photo)
Aug - 16 Double Down – Acoustic Duo (Rob & Curt) (Designs By Judy)
Sept – 6 Jason Peak (The Ballooney Bin)
Sept – 21 Paul Schmitt - "The Piano Guy " (Apple Creek Campground & R.V. Park)
Event Sponsors for 2017 Music in the Park: Ghostrider D.J. Services, 5Healthy Towns Foundation, Grass Lake Village DDA, Grass Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, Whistle Stop Park Association, Grass Lake Community Wellness Initiative.
Many Prescription Pain Killers Can Have the Same Addictive Results as Heroin
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

GLCWI Co-Founder Mike Hirst on State-Wide Task Force
Grass Lake's Mike Hirst has long been an educator about the ravages of drug abuse and the culture behind it. His efforts include, in large part, educating the general public about how today's prescribed pain relievers, such as Vicodin and Oxycodone, are chemically the same thing as heroin, and are just as addictive. Mike is a part of Governor Snyder's state-wide task force on opioid abuse. In the video link included Mike joins others is sharing information. Mike can be seen at 20:00 in the video. Also, in the video the Governor speaks of having appropriate locations to dispose of unused or expired drugs. Grass Lake has a secure location at the Grass Lake Village Hall located at the bottom of the outdoor stairs that is available 24 hours per day.
5 Healthy Towns Foundation Makes Announcement -

Recently, the Village of Grass Lake and Grass Lake Charter Township were named finalists for the Governor’s Fitness Active Communities Award. They will be recognized at the Governor’s Fitness Awards on April 20, 2017. Only through the support and hard work of community volunteers and the guidance of our 5 Healthy Towns Foundation staff members could this recognition be achieved. Please see the media release from Matt Pegouskie of the 5 Healthy Towns Foundation.

Opioid Addiction Awareness - Causes and Outcomes
This Facebook video depicts a final deadly scenario of opioid addiction. Please remember that heroin use and addiction is most commonly found after very innocent, prescribed use of opioid pain killers, such as Vicodin. Everyone should be very careful when using these substances, and be very careful to properly dispose of unused or expired pharmaceuticals of any kind. Grass Lake has a secure disposal receptacle located at the Grass Lake Village Offices at the bottom of the exterior stairs that lead to the 2nd floor. Only dry pills are accepted there and they must be removed from their original container and put into a sealed plastic bag when disposing of them.
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.
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.
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. ​
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.

2014-2015 Approved GLCWI Intervention List
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.
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.
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.

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.
"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.
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