Health

New Self-Help Book: 10% Happier

Self-help stories, in my opinion, can be very inspiring. So how can I resist this new book: 10 % Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-help That Actually Works -- a True Story, by Dan Harris. From the AADL catalog book description: "After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists . . . " Currently there are 46 holds on one copy. Make that 47 -- I just placed mine.

Dawn Farm Ride for Recovery!

The 5th Annual Dawn Farm Ride for Recovery is Sunday, April 27 with early registration happening now through April 1st! This is a family-fun-filled fitness event & a fundraiser for Dawn Farm. There many ways to participate at any fitness level; with 10k, 25 and 40 mile and 100 K bike rides; 5K and 10K walks or runs. There will also be food, tours of the working farm, and more! In addition to a fun event that the entire family can enjoy, the Ride for Recovery provides an opportunity to support a critical community service. Dawn Farm is committed to helping people find recovery from addiction, regardless of their ability to pay. Community support for events like the Ride for Recovery helps to keep these vital services available for those who need them most! For more information call: 734-485-8725.

MI Bridges Navigation Workshop

Anyone engaged in social service work with families will benefit from attending the April 23 free workshop at Washtenaw ISD, Vogel C, 1819 South Wagner, Ann Arbor, MI 48106, 9:00 am – noon. MI Bridges Navigation Collaborative Learning Opportunity is developed and maintained by the MI Department of Human Services and allows households to apply for food, medical, child care, cash, energy, and non energy assistance, in addition to checking the status of benefits and reporting household changes. This session provides participants an overview of the MI Bridges system and hands on opportunity to use MI Bridges with sample cases. It is recommended for outreach workers, case managers, program coordinators, family support parents, service coordinators; anyone working with families should attend. To register call 1-800-292-7851 x472. For directions only call 734-994-8100.

Teens Using Drugs: Education Series

The Dawn Farms Education Series, "Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" is a free, two-part series that will be presented from 7:30-9:00 pm by Brian Spitsbergen MA, LLPC, on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 (part one, "What to Know"), and Tuesday, April 8th (part two, "What to Do"). The programs will be held in the “Exhibition Room” at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center at 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. This program is targeted primarily to parents/caretakers of teens & young adults but is inclusive of other family members, teens, professionals, students, people who sponsor or support teens, and others interested. Please contact 734-485-8725 or info@dawnfarm.org or see the link to teens using drugs for information.

The Anonymous People

The Anonymous People” is an award-winning documentary film highlighting the millions of Americans in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, lending their voices and their stories to a grassroots social justice movement that takes aim at changing the conversation from problems to solutions. This free public screening provides a unique opportunity to experience a powerful, profoundly moving testimony to the presence, power and diversity of recovery. The event is being organized by the University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program and the Eastern Michigan University Students for Recovery. This film will be shown: Tuesday, March 25, 2014; 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Amphitheater, 915 East Washington Street. Cost for this event is free, open to all, no registration is required. FOR INFORMATION: Contact Matt Statman, U/M Collegiate Recovery Program Manager, 734-763-3933. Email: collegiate.recovery.program@umich.edu.

Health Hearts Initiaitive

The Ann Arbor YMCA is piloting a program to help prevent heart disease through self-monitoring techniques and recording blood pressure. Between now and the end of March, the YMCA is recruiting 75 people with high blood pressure and internet access to participate in the Healthy Hearts Initiative. Each participant will be given a blood pressure monitor and shown how to record readings at least twice a month for the next four months. To learn more or enroll in the program, please contact Diane Carr at (734) 661-8056.

Preschool Storytime: Fun with AAWD!

Hello everybody, and how do you tooth? Get ready for a very special preschool storytime at Traverwood on Wednesday, February 26 at 6:00pm. To celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month, the featured stories will be about teeth and the tooth fairy. We will even have special guests: members of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry Chapter of the American Association of Women Dentists will be there to talk about going to the dentist and how to take care of your teeth! This storytime is sure to put a smile on your face.

Huron Valley Ambulance is Recruiting for a Volunteer Team

HVA is pleased to announce the formation of the Huron Valley Ambulance Volunteer Team. HVA is looking for citizens interested in training for a variety of volunteer positions. You can train to be a medical first responder at community events or to assist with community education/awareness programs and administrative tasks.

An Information Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 20 from 6 to 7:30 pm at Emergent Health Partners - 1200 State Circle, Ann Arbor. Meeting attendees will receive information about our volunteer teams - Medical First Responders, Community Relations and Administrative Support.

HVA will also be offering FREE training for medical first responders. The eight week training program starts on May 6. Classes meet on Tuesday/Thursday from 6 to 10:30 pm and three Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm. Upon completion, you may take the State exam to be certified as a Medical First Responder. Free training will also be provided for citizens interested in community education and administrative support volunteer positions.

Click here to register for the information meeting or call 734-477-6331 for more information.

Free Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research Symposium

Are you interested in learning more about patient-centered health research and strategies for building partnerships with community-based health organizations? Do you participate in research and have in interest in sharing your findings with members of the community? The 2014 OPIS Symposium: Partnerships for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research welcomes all participants to the free symposium to engage in this worthwhile conversation about health in our community.

The symposium will take place on Wednesday, March 26th from 8:00 am - 3:45 pm in the Dining Hall of the North Campus Research Complex at the University of Michigan. The program is free, but registration is required. Follow this link to learn more about the Keynote Speakers and the Agenda.

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