Category Archives: Health

Former elementary school finds new owner, and purpose, in Manistee County

Photo courtesy of UpNorthLive

Photo courtesy of UpNorthLive

A former elementary school in Manistee County has been purchased with the intent to turn it into an assisted living home for seniors.

The former Kennedy Elementary School has been closed since 2011. The Manistee Area Public School District cites declining enrollment as a big reason for the closure. Since then the school and property has been empty. Continue reading

Supreme Court decision means 230,000 Michiganders keep insurance subsidies


About 230,000 Michiganders receive the federal healthcare subsidies upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday.

A number of state officials cheered the ruling. They say losing the subsidies would likely have meant higher premiums for everyone shopping on the health exchange in Michigan. Continue reading

Lawmakers: Health departments should inspect prison kitchens


Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the state Capitol say it’s time for prison kitchens to be inspected by local health agencies. That’s after the most recent instance of maggots found in a corrections food service facility.

Prison kitchens are currently exempt from local health inspections. Continue reading

Poll: Majority of Michigan voters support legalizing pot

imagesA majority of Michigan voters support legalizing small amounts of marijuana, according to a statewide poll released this week.

56% support legalization efforts, while 36% are opposed. The poll, conducted for the Detroit Free Press and WDIV television, surveyed 600 Michigan voters, and had a four percent margin of error. Continue reading

MI offers assistance given to businesses serving healthy food


Help is now available for groceries and other vendors wanting to offer more fresh, healthy food to their customers.

The Michigan Good Food Fund is a public private partnership, offering loans and grants to businesses in communities where fresh food is not widely available. Continue reading

Michigan awarded Federal Grant to feed kids during summer


A five and a half million dollar grant will provide students from around Michigan with money for food.

The grant from the US Department of Agriculture will allow several school districts around the state to provide summer meals to students. Continue reading

SVSU students and faculty donate money to Nepal disaster relief

Damage to buildings after the Nepal Earthquake.

Damage to buildings after the Nepal Earthquake.

$4,875 has been raised by Saginaw Valley State University to help with disaster relief efforts in Nepal.

The country was hit by a deadly 7.3 magnitude earthquake in May. As many as 9,000 people are feared dead. Continue reading

Two marijuana legalization campaigns get the green light


Two campaigns to legalize marijuana in Michigan have the green light to move forward.

A state elections board signed off on their petition language on Thursday. The groups will now begin collecting signatures. Continue reading

Michigan breaks top 10 list nationally for Medicare overpayments

moneyMore than 50 million Americans count on Medicare for health coverage, but there is growing concern Medicare is not doing enough to root out waste within the program.

According to data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in 2013, Michigan had $108 million in Medicare overpayments — a dramatic increase over previous years. Continue reading

Democratic lawmakers eye bill to keep water flowing to Highland Park

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A group of state House Democrats hopes to prevent the state’s largest water utility from ending service to one of the cities it serves. Continue reading

State Senate unanimous in approving limits on e-cigarettes


It would be a $50 fine to sell electronic cigarettes to minors under a bill that cleared the state Senate on Wednesday.

Critics say the misdemeanor and fine imposed under Senate Bill 231 won’t go far enough to limit e-cigarettes sales. Continue reading

LSSU students educate expectant mothers about perinatal vaccination

LSSUNursinBabyShower8903Soon-to-be mothers in the eastern U-P had the chance recently to learn about the importance of perinatal vaccinations.

Nursing students from Lake Superior State University presented information on the value of perinatal vaccinations to hundreds of expectant mothers and their families. It was part of a community wide baby shower. Continue reading