Obesity is one of America’s most prevalent issues. Imagine the trouble when people don’t even recognize the problem.
Michigan’s Medicaid program faces a budget shortfall this year of more than $100 million dollars. That’s because a new tax on health insurance claims is not producing as much revenue as state officials expected.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, but for many Michigan children there isn’t much to smile about when it comes to their oral health.
An event coming to Central Michigan University Monday night is aimed at raising disability awareness through the power of images.
Artist and author Patricia Lay-Dorsey will be speaking about her photo exhibit and book Falling Into Place; A self portrait about day-to-day living with Multiple Sclerosis.
The 71-year old Lay-Dorsey was diagnosed with MS 25-years ago. As a marathon runner and bicyclist, she says she couldn’t imagine how her life would change.
Lay-Dorsey said she became frustrated with stories or images of people with disabilities. They were often created by non-disabled persons. She said she thought someone who was disabled themselves finally had to tell the story from the inside and hopefully prompt conversations.”I want this to be a trigger, these pictures. I don’t want these to be pictures of me or you know, or even disability, per sae. But what it is to me is saying “look, we all have something that we deal with, and if you haven’t had it yet, you’re gonna have it. And the key is, how do we handle it?”
Mother Nature made a bit of a nuisance of herself again last night, dumping snow during the evening commute and causing school cancellations and delays today. One unexpected delay was in a shipment of diapers bound for Midland. More than 150- thousand diapers are heading for distribution to low-income families in Midland, Bay and Saginaw counties. Read more
Federal Officials say they’re just under halfway to their goal with the new Affordable Care Act. 3.3 million Americans have enrolled in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Officials hope to have 7 million enrolled by March 31st.
Red and hearts are all around this month, and the American Heart Association hopes Michiganders will put the two together this Friday, to join in the fight against the number-one killer of women – which some people may be surprised to learn is heart disease.
Janine Krolikowski of Royal Oak, an AHA spokeswoman, lost both her parents to heart disease at an early age, and as a cardiac ultrasound technician, she knew the warning signs. However, she said, she still downplayed her own heart attack symptoms until it was almost too late.
“The one thing I did right that day is, I took an aspirin when I thought it was cardiac-related,” she recalled. “What I did wrong was, I didn’t call 911 immediately.”
Friday marks the 11th annual National Wear Red Day. Men and women alike are encouraged to wear the color to help raise awareness of heart disease, which according to the Heart Association claims more women’s lives each year than all forms of cancer combined.
Krolikowski said she hopes the simple act of wearing red will help remind women across Michigan just how critical it is to take care of themselves.
“Everything takes priority and we end up at the bottom of the heap, and that has to change for women, because if we’re not here, we can’t take care of our children, we won’t be able take care of our husbands, or work,” she warned. “We need to make that a number-one priority.”
The American Heart Association estimates that 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease.
On The Web:
“Go Red” Campaign: www.goredforwomen.org
This story was provided by Mona Shand with the Michigan News Connection
The state Department of Education is looking for more volunteers to participate in Michigan’s Summer Meet Up and Eat Up food program. The program provides food for school children and teens over the summer months.
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