Rocky Wildfong Benefit At Jimmy’s Roadhouse Saturday 12-4pm
If you are unacquainted with the man, Rocky Wildfong is a Newaygo County Corrections Officer who was in a major vehicle accident while on his motorcycle resulting in multiple injuries including the loss of his left leg above the knee. He is currently at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.
Obviously Rocky is a popular guy since the fundraising benefit for him being held at Jimmy’s Roadhouse from Noon to 4pm Saturday has generated a veritable outpouring of donations from a huge number of sources.
There will be a BBQ lunch buffet outside including: hot dogs, burger and a bbq platter: pulled pork, bbq chicken, potato salad and baked beans. You can also order off the menu inside the restaurant. Jimmy’s is also donating part of the proceeds from their food and drink sales.
This is a family friendly event with activities including face painting for the little ones, horseshoes, cornhole and all to be enjoyed in the ample outside area adjoining Jimmy’s.
50/50 drawings, Silent and Chinese auctions, some higher end items for a ticket auction and a DJ spinning tunes will also be part of this effort by friends to help the family with the expenses that accompany lengthy hospital stays.
The folks putting this together have done it right and this should be a great event with the weather looking to be outstanding.
And if you are a biker? One who has experienced the dangers of sharing the road with much bigger automobiles and drivers not always tuned into the oncoming presence of motorcycles?
And if you’ve ever had a family member or other loved one who required lengthy medical care far from home?
Stop in, take a gander at some very cool items for bid and grab a BBQ or toss a round of cornhole.
Because once you see the compassion and the commitment of the folks putting this event together to help their friend?
Gerber Memorial free support group helps those going through cancer share stories, hopes
FREMONT – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is providing patients, survivors and caregivers going through cancer with a platform to share their experiences, stories and journeys of hope. A new cancer support group is scheduled the second Wednesday of every month, with an upcoming session on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Tamarac, 1401 W. Main St. Fremont.
“Having a resource like the cancer support group can empower people to be active participants in their healthcare,” said Joni Erlewein, nurse practitioner at the Gerber Memorial Cancer Center. “They have a chance to meet others who may face the same hurdles and may find things that have been helpful to other patients in their journey. In my experience, I’ve seen support groups give patients a venue to ask questions they may feel uncomfortable asking the provider, but feel at ease to discuss in small groups. This has also been an avenue for education related to topics that may concern all patients.”
The September cancer support group will include a presentation from Susan Strickfaden, NP, who will discuss survivorship and what it means. The support groups are free and open to the public.
“Gerber Memorial encourages the patients we serve and their families to take part in our free support groups because they’re a great way for people to make connections with others so they recognize that they’re not going through their healthcare journeys alone,” said Shelly Klochack, RN, and moderator of the support groups. “Support groups are a way to build friendships with others and do what these sessions are supposed to do, which is provide support to each other.”
Klochack also leads support groups for patients and caregivers going through Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and stroke.
At these support group sessions, the moderator and participants as well as friends and family accompanying them are invited to talk about their individual experiences, inspiration and hope, challenges they face, and ways to cope and thrive.
The Spectrum Health Cancer Center at Gerber Memorial saw 2,912 patients this past year, an increase of 150 patients compared to a year ago, with many of them from the Newaygo County area.
The Cancer Support Group meets the second Wednesday of every month from 3:30 p.m.to 5 p.m. It provides information and inspiration for cancer survivors and their caregivers. Call 231.924.7589 or 231.924.3275, for any questions.
Gerber Memorial to host free special nutrition program for toddlers, infants, pregnant moms in September
FREMONT – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is holding a special series of free nutrition classes this September designed to help parents and caregivers provide good nutrition to infants and toddlers from newborn to 2 years old. The three sessions are scheduled Sept. 5, 12, and 19 at Tamarac, and will feature a Gerber Memorial registered dietitian sharing tips, meal preparation strategies and other information based on a specialized curriculum specifically designed for early childhood nutrition. All classes are from 10 a.m. to noon.
The first class on Sept. 5 is geared toward pregnant moms and newborns through 6-month-olds. The second class on Sept. 12 is geared toward infants 6 to 12 months old. The final class Sept. 19 is for 1- to 2-year-olds. Registration is required because of limited space, and child watch is available on site. People with transportation questions or who want to register can call 231.924.3073.
The nearly three dozen parents and caregivers who took part in the first two series held in February and May gave overwhelmingly positive reviews of the programs.
One participant wrote: “The staff was extremely nice and very good at explaining the things we needed to know.” Another enjoyed “learning about the nutrition for my infant. Also the goodies and the take home meal.”
During the classes, participants will learn about nutrition during pregnancy, nutrition for nursing moms, important nutrients for babies, breastfeeding and bottle feeding, transitioning to solid food, food safety and other tips and strategies for early childhood nutrition.
Lunch will be provided and participants will receive a prepared meal to bring home to share with their families.
“The first 1,000 days of a child’s life are probably the most important for healthy development and our early childhood nutrition classes are designed to help give children a strong start, with the right food at the right time,” said Jena Zeerip, Gerber Memorial’s community health program lead. “Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is excited we can bring these classes to our community so new moms, moms-to-be, caregivers and parents have information about the best nutrition for moms and babies. At the end of the day, we hope we can empower parents and caregivers to play an active role in helping Newaygo County kids be as healthy as possible from Day One.”
Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) Program Receives $10,000 Grant
Fremont– Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial CATCH program received a $10,000 grant from The Gerber Foundation Health Care Fund of Fremont Area Community Foundation to empower kids and families throughout Newaygo County to take charge of their health and wellness through nutrition, education, and physical activity.
The Gerber Memorial CATCH program is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model. This model involves health education, the school environment, and family-community involvement working together to launch youth toward healthier lifestyles. CATCH has been proven as one of the most cost effective means of preventing childhood obesity, in an environment that is fun and easy to sustain. An evidence-based, nationally recognized program brings best practices into schools and teaches students from kindergarten to fifth grade about how to live healthier.
Piloted in two school districts for the 2016-2017 school year, CATCH has now expanded and is in every elementary school in Newaygo County for the 2017-2018 school year. The program is currently reaching over 3,100 students in over 100 classrooms across the county.
“We are pleased to award this grant to Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial and the CATCH program. Together, we are dedicated to improving the health of the communities we serve, with a special focus on school-aged children in Newaygo County,” said Amy Moore, The Fremont Area Community Foundation, director of community investment.
Through CATCH, Josh Gustafson, director of Gerber Memorial’s community health and wellness programs and his team found a way to nudge the culture toward making healthier choices.
“With CATCH, our community health team, nurses, dietitians, fitness specialists and other staff are helping to show kids and their families from all backgrounds that eating nutritious, delicious food can be done economically and easily,” Gustafson said. “Being physically active can happen anywhere, anytime.”
Family Health Care Welcomes Nicki Parrot, FNP
BALDWIN– For many primary medical providers, it’s a dream to return to their hometown and help improve the health of a community where they grew up. That’s why Family Health Care is pleased to announce the addition of Nicki Parrott, FNP, to its Grant office.
Nicki is a 1998 graduate of Grant High School and has over six years of experience working with patients in a rural health care setting. Two of those years she spent working with children in a school-based health clinic.
“I am excited to return to my hometown of Grant," exclaimed Nicki. “I want to partner with individuals and families on their health journey to provide education, foster prevention of illness and offer a space for growth and healing.”
Nicki completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Masters of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner from Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan.
FHC continually focuses on meeting the needs of its communities by growing and expanding services to provide rural residents and visitors to the area with quality, affordable access to behavioral health, medical, dental, vision, pharmacy, laboratory and radiology services close to where they live, work and play.
Nicki will provide primary medical care services at FHC’s Grant office located at 11 N. Maple Street, and its Grant Child & Adolescent Health Center (CAHC) located in the Grant Middle School at 96 E. 120th Street. To schedule an appointment with Nicole or another provider, call the Grant office at (231) 834-0444 or the CAHC at (231) 834-1350.
Educators, parents, Gerber Memorial to huddle for CATCH wellness program as K-5 students prepare to return to school
FREMONT– Teachers, school staff, parents and Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial’s community health team will be holding a summit on Wednesday, Aug. 15, to prepare students for health habits ahead of the upcoming school year.
The summit for Newaygo County’s Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) committees will meet at Tamarac to collaborate on the implementation of the year’s plan, which includes identifying strategies related to health and wellness. CATCH is a collaboration between Gerber Memorial’s health experts, Michigan State University Extension, and the county’s five school districts to incorporate nutrition education and physical activities into the daily curriculum for students in grades K-5. Today, CATCH covers more than 3,100 students and a mini-documentary on the program can be viewed on Tamarac’s website.
“The Coordinated Approach to Child Health continues to get great feedback from parents, students and educators and many of them have been asking what’s in store for the coming year, so this summit is a way for school and parent leaders to get together, share ideas about best practices and improve what was already a successful program,” said Jena Zeerip, Gerber Memorial’s community health lead. “CATCH is making a positive difference in the lives of our students at the youngest ages and we believe that by empowering them and their families to make good decisions about what they eat, we can make an impact in the long term. We look forward to continuing to show students that eating nutritious food and being physically active are easy, cost-effective ways to live healthy lifestyles.”
Ahead of the summit, each principal and CATCH champion – a designated advocate at each school –completed the School Wellness Assessment Application, which allows them to score each area of implementation during the previous 2017-2018 school year, when CATCH was expanded to all five school districts for the first time. The assessment can help the committees make policy and environmental adjustments within each school.
Hesperia teacher Mark Arbogast dresses up in costume as a superhero champion of healthy nutrition and physical activity at Hesperia Elementary School during filming for a mini-documentary about the Coordinated Approach to Child Health program in late 2017. The documentary can be viewed at www.tamaracwellness.org
The committees will meet for half-a-day and participants are eligible for State Continuing Education Clock Hours, which are credits that can be counted toward the renewal of teaching certificates.
The summit also will include guest speaker, Anne King, a 44-year educator who has worked with children and adults as a teacher, counselor, principal and trainer. King is retired from the Grand Rapids Public Schools as its education and prevention specialist, and has presented to hundreds of classrooms on topics ranging from nutrition and wellness to self-esteem and more.
The Gerber Memorial CATCH program is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model. This model involves health education, the school environment, and family-community involvement working together to launch youth toward healthier lifestyles. CATCH has been proven as one of the most cost effective means of preventing childhood obesity, in an environment that is fun and easy to sustain. An evidence-based, nationally recognized program, CATCH, brings best practices into schools and teaches students from kindergarten to fifth grade about how to live healthier.
Piloted in two school districts for the 2016-2017 school year, CATCH expanded to all five districts in the 2017-2018 school year. The program is currently reaching over 3,100 students in over 100 classrooms across the county.
Earlier this year, Gerber Memorial’s CATCH program received a $10,000 grant from The Gerber Foundation Health Care Fund of Fremont Area Community Foundation.
To watch the CATCH documentary, go to: http://tamaracwellness.org/community-health/catch/
Newaygo North Country Trail – Minor Setback
By Bret Brummel
Distance: 0 miles
In section 9 of our adventure, I mentioned both Anna and I were to run the White Cloud Trail Trot 5k the day after our trail run. On the way to the race, Anna mentioned that she was not feeling well. I gave her the option of walking the course instead of running, knowing there was no chance that would happen. Her response was “If I’m here, I’m going to run.” She finished the race, but I ended up beating her by about 2 minutes. I was happy to have beaten her, but I was concerned because there’s no way that should happen.
During the week that followed, Anna’s condition worsened. She battled a week-long fever and spent her days sleeping on the couch after getting 10 hours of sleep each night. We took her to the doctor and she was diagnosed with mononucleosis. That explained the fever and extreme fatigue. Unfortunately, we’ve been told it will be anywhere from 4-8 weeks before she’s able to run the distance necessary to continue our journey.
It looks like our goal of finishing the trail by the end of summer will not be acheived. Lord willing, we plan to pick up our quest again in September. Until then, I keep reminding Anna of the saying “A minor setback paves the way for a major comeback.” Not sure why she gives me the eye roll when I say that. It’s probably the mono talking.
Family of God Community Church’s annual Worship in the Park will take place on Sunday, August 19, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in Brooks Park, downtown Newaygo. We invite the community to join us to hear the word of God from our visiting pastor, Reverend Bill VandenBosch. Also, enjoy the beautiful sounds of Joyful Noise, a local Christian group, who will be performing during the service. Please bring your lawn chair or blanket. In the event of rain, the service will be held at Family of God Community Church, 90 Quarterline, Newaygo.
Family of God Community Church is firmly grounded in God’s love and Spirit-lead worship. It stands as a welcoming and diverse body-of-believers who joyfully witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ by reaching out to others in friendship, compassion and service.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
Newaygo North Country Trail Section 9– 3 Mile Rd. to 6 Mile Rd.
By Bret Brummel
Distance: 5.22 miles
With the White Cloud Trail Trot 5k race the following day, Anna suggested we run this section at an easy pace. An easy evening run on a beautiful sunny day sounded great to me!
Leaving 3 Mile Road, the trail was the familiar single-track through the forest heading north. There were a few small hills, but the terrain was relatively flat. At the half mile mark, the trail turned to the West and for two miles we were running toward the setting sun. The trees kept us in the shade most of the time, but the sun would break through the canopy lighting up Anna like she was under spotlight on stage.
Up ahead, I noticed a clearing in the woods where the trail led us to an open marsh. The trail would follow the perimeter of the marsh, then head back into the forest. It was a nice change of scenery. After a quarter mile and few twists and turns, another marsh would appear. Once again, we would follow its border and turn back into the woods. As the length of the run increased, this pattern continued. Unfortunately for Anna, I began joking about it. Each time we would see an upcoming opening in the trees, I would say “Oh, look it’s another marsh!” I can only imagine the eye roll she was giving me as she ran.
Around the four-mile mark, we came to what I would call a small lake. The trail was on a hill adjacent to the lake and gave us a nice view. From somewhere on the lake, I heard the call of a loon. Of course, Anna didn’t hear it and the bird never made another sound once I had brought it to her attention. If we been hiking, I probably would have stopped to get a glimpse of it before continuing.
The next portion of the trail snaked through some recently logged pines. It had enough twists and turns that it reminded me of some of the switchback trails we had taken in the mountains of Tennessee. The undergrowth in the logged area had grown up in spots and bordered the trail as if we were in a corn maze. With Anna running ten yards ahead of me, she would occasionally disappear rounding one of the turns. Thankfully the trail was wide enough the plants were avoidable.
With a half mile to go, we stopped for a picture at a bridge crossing Mena Creek. I commented to Anna “The elevation on this trail is nice. I don’t think the hills are that bad.” Within 50 yards of saying that, the trail led us up a steep hill at least 100 yards long. Midway through the ascent up the hill, I confessed “I think I probably shouldn’t have said those comments out loud.” Anna’s response “You think?”, followed by some grumbling I couldn’t understand.
We finished both thinking it had been a good run. Good enough, that a trip to Tiny’s Tasty Treats on the way home would be a great way to refuel after our workout.
By Alicia Jaimes
It’s August and I am filled with anticipation.
This month marks the beginning of my final year at Ferris State University as well as my final year as the Lifestyles Editor of the Ferris State Torch.Soon I will begin wrapping up everything I’ve been working towards for the past four years. Things are changing, ending, it’s all very exciting, but I think what I’m most excited for is what’s only just begun…
I’ve been meeting with a personal trainer at Newaygo Fitness for the past two months in hopes of losing 60 pounds before I walk in the spring. I haven’t mentioned it before because, honestly, I wasn’t sure I’d make it this far.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve struggled with body image. In grade school I was too tall. In high school I was too fat. I always found a reason to pick myself apart. So, after graduating high school, I decided I was done. For a while, I gave in. I no longer wanted to be thin, I just wanted to be happy. I stopped counting calories, working out, and restricting.. Stopped it all.
Instead, I ate, sat, spent my days on the couch, and it felt good. Sure, my favorite pants no longer fit and my face was breaking out like crazy, but I was happy.
For a while.
Until I noticed some shortness of breath after doing basic activities, being tired all the time and just felt...uncomfortable in my own skin.
And then it hit me.
I went to weigh myself after taking time off, expecting to weigh a few pounds heavier.
I weighed 210 lbs...60 pounds heavier than I was in high school.
The news was shocking, disappointing. I knew I had to make a change. I didn’t want to feel heavy anymore, or short of breath whenever I stood up, I wanted to feel healthy. So, I contacted Newaygo Fitness and asked about starting with a personal trainer.
Of course I could’ve just went to the gym and lost weight on my own except when I gained this weight, I lost my self-discipline. I knew I needed somebody there to rely on and push me if I was going to make this change. This is when I met Taylor.
At first, I was incredibly intimidated to meet with a trainer because I was one of those people who would compare myself to those around me, and here's this girl about my age who's in great shape. My self esteem took a hit the day she showed me an arm workout and made it looks so easy when I couldn't even lift five pounds, but that's a story for another day.
I believe that no problem will be fixed and no goal will be met unless you first recognize there is a problem. This happened before we even began.
Before our first workout session, she wanted to get to know me. She told me some details about herself and then proceeded to ask me about myself. “What do you like to do for fun?” “What do you do in your free time?” I couldn't answer. I had become someone who only sits all day watching television and eating food.
The thought of ca lifestyle change seemed almost impossible and after our first session, I was scared. During the whole workout my body was screaming “stop.” I wanted to cry, I wanted to yell, I wanted to throw myself on the floor and say “I quit.” Walking to my car, my legs felt like jello and I fought the urge to puke. I felt embarrassed and discouraged.
The day after was even worse. I could barely walk and my legs were throbbing in pain. I remember trying to get out of bed one night and wanting to cry because I struggled to stand. How did I let it get this bad?
Finally, one day I sat up and asked myself: Okay, this is challenging. How do you want to handle this situation? Do you want to quit? Or do you want to fight?
If I quit, I don't think I'd try again, so I decided it was time for a change. I could whine about how hard everything is and compare myself to others progress, or I could find excellence in the things I've been doing and take note that I am stronger than I was two months ago.
After making this decision, the ‘after workout pain’ became bearable and I noticed a change in my energy and a genuine desire to workout on the days once spent binging on Netflix.
Now, two months in, I weighed myself to see I've lost 10 pounds since that first day I stepped on the scale. I am filled with pride as I try on my favorite pants that used to be too small and find they fit perfectly. I have many people to thank for my achievements, including my supportive friends and family, pushing me to eat healthier. I also am so thankful to have met such a supportive trainer, without her I don't think I would have made it this far. She has helped me not only with my workouts but with my spirit. I feel mentally stronger due to her positivity and reassurance. It's so important to find a trainer that fits your needs and Taylor is great at pushing me while also understanding my struggles and helps me have realistic goals and expectations. Changes don't happen it just a day. It's a constant journey, a rewarding challenge.
Though I'm glad my body is changing and clothes are starting to fit again, I think the most important change I've noticed is in my mentality. Now, instead of my body and mind screaming “I quit” I find myself saying “one more,” “you got this,” “don't give up.” And let me tell you what--nothing is more rewarding than achieving what you thought you couldn't do.
After two months, I'm happy to report that I will be continuing my journey and continuing to challenge myself physically, nutritionally, and mentally. I know not every day will be perfect, but I know it will all be worth it.