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Sweltering Summer Safety

As temperatures are high across the nation, it is important to remember to stay cool and hydrated. Follow the tips below to make the best of your health and your summer!


  1. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher on all skin likely to be exposed to the sun to start your day. And, go out in style with attire that will protect you from the sun (hats, sunglasses, long sleeves, and pants).
  2. Pack a water bottle before you head out and drink, drink, drink (but not caffiene or alcohol)! Hydration is key to staying safe in the sun. Click here to learn more about the importance of hydration and myths about heat stress. If you work outdoors, make sure to download this Heat Safety App from OSHA.
  3. Learn what you should do if you get sunburns, blisters, and bug bites.
  4. The water sure is lovely this time of year, but make sure you know how to keep yourself and your children safe when around it! Never swim alone, and never leave a child alone in the water. Learn more water safety tips.
  5. No air conditioning? Check out these suggestions on how to cool down. But, make sure to head to a place with air-conditioning if your home becomes too hot. And, keep an eye on senior friends and relatives as they are more susceptible to dehydration!
  6. This one’s for the kids. Check out KidsHealth.org Summer Safety Center for tips on everything from bike safety to riptides in a kid friendly format.


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National Get Outdoors Day


What: National Get Outdoors Day, or GO Day seeks to “encourage healthy, active outdoor fun at sites across the nation…prime goals of the day are reaching currently underserved populations and first-time visitors to public lands, and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors”.

When: This Saturday, June 8th

Where: The outdoors! And, sites across the nation

Who: Everyone is encouraged to get outdoors this GO Day! You can visit a local GO Day event, or make your own fun by visiting a local park, going camping or just spending some time outside!

Why: GO Day seeks to inspire and motivate people (especially kids) to get outdoors. Participate in this day to show your kids, friends, and/or family how fun going outdoors can be!

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Diabetes Education Tools

By: bodytel

In honor of November being National Diabetes Awareness Month, please check out some of the free diabetes educational tools below!

For Everyone

  • Take the Diabetes Risk Test from the American Diabetes Association to learn if you are at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes
  • Assess your risk for diabetes and take preventive steps for developing diabetes with the GAME PLAN booklet

For Kids

For People with Diabetes

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Saturday June 19: Annual Ypsi Healthy Kids Day

Saturday, May 19, 2012
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
North Bay Park
1001 Huron Street, Ypsilanti 48198

Join the YMCA for fun and healthy activities for the whole family:

  • Family Yoga at 11:30 a.m.
  • Tug-o-War at 12:00 p.m.
  • Tae Kwon Do at 12:30 p.m.
  • Relay Race at 1:00 p.m.

Plus face painting, sports games, an obstacle course and healthy snacks!

For more info visit www.annarborymca.org or contact Dave Morris at dmorris@annarborymca.org or 734-661-8052.

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5W Wednesday: Camp Michitanki

Our 5W Wednesday series highlights a variety of health care organizations, professionals and programs that keep our community healthy.

What is Camp Michitanki?
Camp Michitanki is a summer camp just for kids who have received organ transplants. (Michitanki = Michigan + transplant + kids)

Camp Michitanki provides transplanted children with access to quality recreation, outdoor living and a unique opportunity for true peer interaction with other similarly challenged kids. Camp activities include horseback riding, swimming, sailing, canoeing, arts & crafts, archery, team building activities, nature walks, campfires, team sports, a rock climbing wall, a skateboard park and an aerial ropes course. Daily medications and health checks are built-in between activities. The kids are always pleasantly surprised to learn that everyone at camp has a surgical scar and takes daily medication. Strong friendships develop and campers often stay in touch between camp sessions.

Camp Michitanki expenses are approximately $65,000 each year, allowing 80 kids to go to camp. Since years of chronic illness, expensive medical treatments, and on-going medication requirements challenge even the most economically stable families, Camp Michitanki is funded entirely by donations and proceeds from fundraising events. Campers pay a $50 registration fee if they can afford it, but those who cannot are never turned away.

Camp Michitanki is for Michigan children 7-16 years of age who have had an organ transplant. Though it is a program of the University of Michigan Transplant Center, the camp has been established for all children in the Michigan area who have had an organ transplant, regardless of the center that performed the surgery or provides the follow-up care.

The camp is staffed entirely by volunteers. Transplant nurses, physicians, social workers and community volunteers work with YMCA staff to provide a “normal” and medically supervised camping experience.

When was the camp started?
In 1998, two nurses from the U-M transplant center began taking a group of children who had received liver transplants on a four day trip to West Virginia to attend an overnight camp for liver and intestinal transplant recipients hosted by the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. This trip grew and continued for five years, until the University of Michigan Transplant Center discussed the concept of creating a transplant camp within the state of Michigan and making it available to all organ recipients.

With the support of several transplant families, the transplant center, several pharmaceutical companies, a group of dedicated volunteers and the YMCA, Camp Michitanki was started in August 2003. The first annual camp was held at a camp leased from the YMCA from August 17-22, 2003 with 42 liver, heart and kidney transplant recipients.

Where is the camp?
Camp Michitanki is located at a century-old YMCA camp in beautiful Oscoda, Michigan on the shores of Lake Van Ettan. Campers are able to spend seven fun-filled days together on the camp’s more than 170 acres of great outdoors.

Why was it begun?
Many transplant recipients are discouraged from attending other summer camps due to their challenging medication schedules and special medical care requirements. Camp Michitanki provides children who have received organ transplants an opportunity to experience all of the joys, challenges and rewards of summer camp. The camp setting is also used to facilitate discussions of ongoing medical needs, teach important skills such as how to swallow pills and capsules and to explore strategies for the integration of post-transplant regimens with routine daily activities.

For more information on Camp Michitanki…
Email campmichitanki@umich.edu or call 734.615.4013.

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Family Fun Day & Health Walk Fair 2011

Family Fun Day & Health Walk Fair 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Parkridge Community Center
591 Armstrong
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (map)

12:00- Food, Health Walk and Entertainment begin and continues until event is over
1:00-2:00 p.m. Adult games, Horse shoe competition, Chess/Checkers, Sack Race, Couples relay
2:00-5:00 p.m. Pony Rides for children, Sack Race, table games, crafts and other games
5:00 p.m.- Donut eating contest, Water melon eating contest, Duck relay, winner wins a monetary prize. (You must register at the Health Walk Booth for all games)

Additional Activities:
Health screenings, Business & Agency displays, Clowns with face painting, Massages, Chair exercise instruction with a professional trainer, Bouncers, participate in the Health walk and Door prizes from corporate sponsors. Be recognized – Order your tee-shirt!

Collecting old cell phones, ink cartridges and eye glasses. Bring them with you to the park. Prize awarded to the person who brings the most cell phones and/or ink cartridges!

Presented by Destiny and Purpose Community Outreach(DAPCO) Serving Wayne & Washtenaw Counties. For questions, please call 877-832-1277 ext. 103 or 734-890-3551.

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The Blind Porcupine Play – June 9, 2011

Presented by the Michigan Eye-Bank, in partnership with the EMU Forensics Team and the Lions of Ypsilanti at Eastern Michigan University.

The Blind Porcupine is a play based on the children’s book written and illustrated by award winning authors Madison and Malia. The Blind Porcupine is a heartwarming story about corneal transplantation and the gift of sight from a child’s perspective.  These twin sisters were born blind, and received suitable cornea tissue donors from the Michigan Eye-Bank. Madison and Malia don’t have 20/20 vision; however, as a result of the transplants their sight is restored. The twins wrote the story as a thank you to the Michigan Eye-Bank. View the video below to hear Madison and Malia read their book.

Now the Michigan Eye-Bank and the EMU Forensics team is bringing their story to life on Thursday, June 9th, from 6:30pm-9:30pm. The play will be held at the Eastern Michigan University Student Auditorium at 900 Oakwood St. Ypsilanti, MI.

Tickets are general admission – $6 in advance and $8 at the door. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the play begins at 6:30 p.m., to be followed by refreshments. To purchase advance tickets, call (734) 487-2282 or visit www.emutix.com. Parking will be validated.

For more information or to RSVP, visit The Blind Porcupine Play facebook event.

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