Michigan State University Extension News


Upcoming Events

Smart Choice for Health Insurance Webinar - September 8 | 3 – 5 p.m. | Webinar


Diabetes PATH - September 9 – October 14 | 9 – 11:30 a.m. | Iron Mountain, MI


Dining with Diabetes - October 7 – December 16 | 6 – 8 p.m. | Centreville, MI


Market FRESH for Seniors - August 19 | 10 – 11:15 a.m. | Beaverton, MI


Hospitals serve up health – Part 1 

Hospitals promote health and disease prevention by supporting healthy food environments.

July 7 | Sarah Eichberger | Our food environment, the types of foods available near us – at home, in our neighborhoods, at work or school, influences our eating choices. Healthy food environments can make the healthy choice the easy choice and represent an organizational or environmental level intervention that shapes healthy behavior. Read more.


Do you live in a walkable community? 

Active communities promote health and show positive steps towards chronic disease prevention.

July 13 | Sarah Eichberger | Physical activity can improve health and prevent an increase in chronic disease and health care costs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), less than half of all American adults do not meet national physical activity recommendations. The environments in which we live, learn, work and play impact individual and community health. Read more.


Veterans and diabetes 

The link between diabetes Type 2 mellitus and veterans.

July 14 | Pamela Daniels | Veteran’s health issues are an important concern for Americans. Veterans, their families and the communities they call home share a major health concern. Type 2 diabetes mellitus is on the rise in our country! It has been documented that some veterans are linked to Type 2 diabetes mellitus from their exposure to a chemical agent called “Agent Orange.” Other veterans are entering the “high-risk” age group for the onset Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Read more.


Summer’s fresh bounty and managing chronic disease 

Make fruits and vegetables part of your daily meals to better manage your diabetes or other existing chronic disease conditions.

July 17 | Diana Fair | People with diabetes often have increased risk factors serious health conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease and kidney disease. Michigan State University Extension suggests that meals include fruits and vegetables which may help you lower your risk for these diseases, as well as better controlling your diabetes. According to My Plate everyone should make half of their dinner plate fruits and vegetables. However, if you have diabetes, it is recommended to make half your plate low carb veggies and to include a serving of fruit with your meal. Read more.


Prevent skin cancer while enjoying time outdoors 

Protect your skin, eyes and immune system from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays not only during the summer but year round.

July 22 | Elaine M. Bush | The American Cancer Society reports that skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the United States. According to the National Institutes of Health Senior Health website, the skin is the largest organ of the human body. Skin is comprised of two main layers…the outer layer, or epidermis, and the inner layer, or dermis. It is in the epidermis that most skin cancer occurs. Read more.

3rd Annual Health Fair – July 19th, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Three Rivers Health 701 S. Health Parkway Three Rivers, MI 49093

  • Grilling and Cooking Seminars
  • HealthTrac Fitness and Fun
  • Farmers Market
  • Lab Testing: Healthy Life Screening
  • Safety Awareness
  • Kids Zone: Bounce House, Face Painting, Carnival Games, Hula Hoop Fun, Bean Bag Toss, Balloons, Crafts
  • Sports Physicals
  • Healthcare Vendors

For more information, click to view flyer

Mental Health First Aid

Many people are willing to help …but aren’t sure how.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that offers concrete tools and answers key questions like “What can I do!” and “Where can someone find help!

CMHSAS-SJC staff have been trained by nationally accredited MHFA trainers.



AT:  269.467.1000 24 Hour: 800.622.3967 Fax: 269.467.3075

To read more click here……………..

1st Annual Cindy’s Crusaders

Relay for Life DHS Benefit Walk

Friday & Saturday June 20 – 21, 2014

Three Rivers High School – Armstrong track & field

Time for the event is 12 pm Friday to 12 pm Saturday

At the event, participants celebrate survivors, remember loved ones lost, and learn more about how to fight back against cancer.  Every dollar raised brings the American Cancer Society one step closer to saving lives.

Members who can’t attend the Relay Event can still raise money online or mail donation to your local team member/event organizer!

Registration is easy! Find your local Relay at www.relayforlife.org 

Click to view flyer

2014 Healthy Places for Healthy People

June 5, 2014 Healthy Places for Healthy People: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time Zone)


Healthy Places for Healthy People is a learning opportunity presented by the Michigan Department of Community Health. The learning opportunity is designed to develop and enhance the critical skills necessary for community-based teams to create places and social support systems that encourage healthy eating and active living where people live, learn, work and play.

Thursday, June 05, 2014 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time Zone)
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
55 South Harrisson Road
East Lansing, Michigan 48824
United States

Map and Directions

Training Overview: 

Healthy Places for Healthy People is a learning opportunity presented by the Michigan Department of Community Health designed to develop and enhance the critical skills necessary for you and your community-based team to create the places and social support systems that encourage healthy eating and active living where people live, learn, work and play.Registration Fees
Individual registration:
 $50 per person
Team registration: $150 for teams of four OR $200 for teams of five to six people.Note:  Team registrations are available only until Friday, May 23rd.  Register all members of your team as a Group.

To view the working agenda: 2014HPHPAgenda.pdfKeynote Speaker:  Our keynote speaker is Larry Cohen, founder and Executive Director of the Prevention Institute. Mr. Cohen has been an advocate for public health, social justice, and prevention since 1972. He established Prevention Institute in 1997, as a national non-profit center dedicated to improving community health and well-being by building momentum for effective primary prevention.  For a complete biography of Mr. Cohen and detailed information on the Prevention Institute, go to: http://www.preventioninstitute.org/about-us/our-staff/120.html

For hotel guest rooms:  See the Lodging tab for details.

Continuing Education Credits
For information on continuing education credits for dietitians, health educators, food service administrators or nurses (Rule 2l only), contact: ddrago@dmsevents.com