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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.

Libraries host free seminars to help you navigate the Affordable Care Act

Libraries host free seminars to help you navigate the Affordable Care Act

An important piece of the Affordable Care Act takes effect October 1, when Healthcare Marketplace enrollment opens for those who do not have health insurance, purchase their own health insurance policy, or are looking for another coverage option.

Priority Health and several Kent District Library branches are teaming up to help you navigate the changes, with a special informational seminar titled, “The Affordable Care Act and You.”  People under age 65 who are responsible for purchasing health benefits for their family are invited to attend the free presentation, which will address how to enroll for coverage in the new system.

Each seminar will begin at 6:30 p.m. at select library branches. The schedule is as follows:

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte

Come hungry, leave full: Free food distribution August 23

Come hungry, leave full: Free food distribution August 23

Hundreds of struggling families will fill their cupboards with free food Friday, August 23.

The Ottawa County Community Action Agency will visit four communities to distribute food to low-income residents, including:

  • Community Action House, 345 West 14th Street, Holland (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
  • Love, Inc., of Southeast Ottawa County, 3300 Van Buren, Hudsonville (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
  • St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 920 Fulton, Grand Haven (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
  • V.F.W. Post 5598, 511 North 68th Avenue, Coopersville, (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

 The food distribution is made possible through the Emergency Food Assistance Program.  Each family can take home one box containing applesauce, beef stew, carrots, canned chicken, corn, cranberry sauce, dry mixed fruit and nuts, cranberry-apple juice, mixed fruit, orange juice, pears, canned pork, potato flakes, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. 

'Pink Heals Tour' rolls into Grandville August 21

'Pink Heals Tour' rolls into Grandville August 21

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Pink fire trucks will roll into Grandville Wednesday, as a former Olympic baseball player, firefighters and police officers show their support for women battling all forms of cancer.

Dave Graybill founded the "Pink Heals Tour," which is meant to raise awareness about cancer in women, while supporting local fundraisers to help those battling the disease.  The campaign began in 2008 with a single pick fire truck; it has since grown to include 50 pink fire trucks in two countries. 

The Pink Heals Tour is expected to arrive in Grandville around 1 p.m. behind the library on Wilson Avenue.  The event is expected to last three to four hours.

Volunteers still needed for world record attempt

Volunteers still needed for world record attempt

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—Organizers of Hudsonville’s Salad Bowl Bash need about ten more volunteers to help pull off a Guinness World Record Attempt.

Michelle Fare, Executive Director of the Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce, says nearly 100 people have signed up to help stock the city’s record-setting salad bar on Saturday, July 27.  She says volunteers are still needed to help between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Fare says the salad bar idea came about because Hudsonville is known as the Salad Bowl City, since it’s surrounded by produce farms.  Fare says Nola Mayonnaise of South Africa holds the current record at 661 feet.  Hudsonville volunteers began building the city’s 680-foot salad bar Wednesday morning.

'Meals at Home' awarded Group Volunteer of the Year Award

'Meals at Home' awarded Group Volunteer of the Year Award

A West Michigan group providing food for the elderly and people with disabilities is being honored.

LeadingAge Michigan recently awarded its Group Volunteer of the Year Award to “Meals at Home.”  Sunset Retirement Communities & Services started Meals at Home in 1997.  Each year, a team of 150 volunteers use their own vehicles and gas to deliver more than 23,000 meals throughout Grand Rapids.  Because of volunteers, Meals at Home has kept costs down to just $5 per meal.

During its 2013 gala, LeadingAge Michigan also honored Porter Hills Retirement Communities from My Town Ada/Cascade with its Care & Services Award.  The non-profit organization serves more than 800 adults from all income levels.