Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 28, 2010

Well-Being in Brief: 10/28/2010


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Program urges laughter for health

TRAVERSE CITY — Sister Sue Tracy, OP, believes that humor and laughter are vital nutrients for the well-being of the body, mind and spirit. She will share her ideas at the next meeting of the Grand Traverse Area Young Onset Parkinson's Support Group.

Sister Tracy is the meeting chaplain. Her program, "Laff Jest for the Health of It," will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, at Munson Community Health Center Room A&B, 550 Munson Ave. Anyone interested in learning more about Parkinson's disease is welcome.

For more information, call 256-1323 or 862-3234.

Conversation on teen sexual health

TRAVERSE CITY — Reservations are required by Wednesday, Nov. 3, for a community conversation on adolescent sexual health.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about key sexual health issues facing young people today and obtain community feedback about local needs, concerns and resources.

The target audience includes parents, other caring adults, young people and professionals from various settings.

It is sponsored by the Michigan Coalition on Adolescent Sexual Health under the umbrella of the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health.

"Let's Talk: Community Conversation About Adolescent Sexual Health" will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District's Career-Tech Center's ITV room, 880 Parsons Road. Only 25 spots are available and dinner will be provided. For details or to register, contact Laurie Bassett, 342-0891 or

West Shore hosts free health expo

SCOTTVILLE — West Shore Community College's Women's Resource Center and the Allied Health and Nursing Department will host their 10th annual Health Expo.

The free event will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, in the Schoenherr Campus Center, 3000 N. Stiles Road. Professionals in various physical, educational, medical, mental and holistic health fields will be on hand with materials on a variety of health-related topics.

Hospital offering health screenings

CHARLEVOIX — Charlevoix Area Hospital's next Wellness Wednesday will be held Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the hospital.

Health screenings will be offered from 8 to 11 a.m. and include total cholesterol, HDL, ratio and glucose levels, Body Mass Index score, fat percentage, and a blood pressure reading.

No fasting is required, however, if you are fasting, an LDL and triglyceride reading also can be obtained.

A registered nurse will adapt health consultation and educational materials to individual results.

The cost is $12 and participants receive a blood pressure log and pedometer as well as all test results. Starting this month, participants can learn their Bone Density T-Score with a bone density screen for an additional $3.

For advance appointments, call the Community Health Education Office at Charlevoix Area Hospital, 547-8906, or e-mail Walk-ins also are welcome.

Reception for 'Art of Recovery' exhibit

TRAVERSE CITY — An opening reception will be hosted Wednesday, Nov. 3, for Northern Lakes Community Mental Health's "Art of Recovery: The Human Journey" exhibit.

The show recognizes that everyone recovers from something at sometime. It features art from people throughout northern Michigan and will be on display through Nov. 30.

The reception will be from 3 to 7 p.m. at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland St., and features music and refreshments. The exhibit may be viewed 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, contact Cindy Petersen, 935-3099 or

Tai Chi classes to start at Glen Eagle

TRAVERSE CITY — Enrichment Coordinator April Putman will lead free Tai Chi classes starting Thursday, Nov. 4, at Glen Eagle Retirement Community.

The ongoing class will feature the Sun method endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation and is open to the public.

It will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursdays at Glen Eagle, 3950 Sumac Drive. Call 935-4553 for details.

North Central offers nursing information

PETOSKEY — North Central Michigan College's nursing faculty will hold the last of four nursing informational sessions for 2010 on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

The session will be held from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. in room 122 of the college's main administration/classroom building, 1515 Howard St.

Nursing faculty will explore the process for admission into the college's nursing program and prerequisite courses students must complete prior to entry into the program.

Anyone planning to apply for acceptance into the nursing program is encouraged to attend.

The session also is for individuals considering nursing as a career path.

Dr. Seuss classics help local kids

TRAVERSE CITY — Kohl's Cares for Kids Christmas season offerings will benefit the local Kohl's 4 Seasons Safety Program.

The Dr. Seuss classics, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "There's a Wocket in My Pocket," "Oh Say Can You Say," and "Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose," as well as coordinating plush toys are $5 each at both the Traverse City and Gaylord stores.

Profits from the sale of the books and toys will help provide education and free helmets and other safety items to children for biking, sledding and other outdoor activities.

Web page supports exercise groups

TRAVERSE CITY — A new website, sponsored by the Michigan Association of Chiropractors, is designed to help people find low-cost ways to create health lifestyles for themselves.

The website,, provides local listings of free and low-cost activities. It features an easy, point-and-click design and showcases hundreds of exercise and physical activity programs, as well as a section on nutrition. People looking to be more active can find walking trails, yoga classes and other wide-ranging programs for every level of exercise.

The website is searchable by region and links to a free, computerized health coach produced by the Michigan Department of Community Health, where individuals can create a personal health plan.