Survey Will Help Coalition Improve Community Health in Pontiac

The Healthy Pontiac, We Can (HPWC) Coalition is calling on Pontiac residents to complete a survey about their health and wellness. The results will help the HPWC Coalition respond to health trends in Pontiac and prioritize future initiatives. Participate by visiting “It is vital that we hear from Pontiac residents,” said Kathy Forzley, manager/health officer of Oakland County Health Division. “Their feedback will help Healthy Pontiac, We Can serve them better in … [Read more...]

Keep Food Safe During All Your Summer Fun

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Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson urges residents to practice food safety this summer. Whether at a picnic, outdoor event or grilling at home, the following tips from the county’s Health Division on preparing, storing and cooking food will help protect individuals from foodborne illnesses. Cook meats to a safe internal temperature - Use a meat thermometer to make sure the food reaches a safe internal temperature: 145°F–Steaks and roasts (beef, pork, veal, and lamb) with a … [Read more...]

Coalition Seeks Nominees for Breastfeeding-Friendly Place Awards

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The Oakland County Breastfeeding Coalition announced that it is seeking nominations for its Breastfeeding-Friendly Place Awards in collaboration with the Oakland County Health Division Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Awards will honor Oakland County pediatrician offices, employers, and businesses that are taking extra steps to support breastfeeding mothers. Complete an online nomination form at Award nomination entries are due Friday, July 3, 2015 at 5 … [Read more...]

Michigan Senior Olympics Calls for Registrants

MSO Schedule 2015

Sign up now to become a part of the 36th Michigan Senior Olympic Summer Games! Seniors Go for the Gold Calling all athletes! Registration is now open for the Michigan Senior Olympics (MSO) Summer Games. The games will take place Friday, August 7 through Friday, August 14 and Sunday, August 23, 2015 at various locations throughout Oakland County. Registration deadline is Friday, July 17. The Michigan Senior Olympics is a nonprofit organization that promotes healthy lifestyles by organizing … [Read more...]

Start Training for The HealthPlus Brooksie Way Half Marathon​

Beginning June 4, 2015 a 16-week running and walking program is happening in the Rochester/Rochester Hills area! This program designed for anyone, beginners through experienced athletes. Groups meet once a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. and train to complete the half marathon on September 27, 2015 at the HealthPlus Brooksie Way races. All training groups use a run/walk/run or walk/shuffle/walk interval training method with the goal of getting you across the finish … [Read more...]

Public Invited to HealthPlus Brooksie Way Kickoff as 2015 Race Logo to be Unveiled Saturday

The HealthPlus Brooksie Way kicks off 2015 by unveiling a new logo, presenting nearly $10,000 in Brooksie Way Minigrants to various community organizations and introducing a new way for racers to fundraise for local charities. This all happens at 10 a.m. Saturday at the OU Recreation Center on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester. The public is encouraged to attend. “The HealthPlus Brooksie Way is one of the premier road races in the Midwest and continues to evolve as we add new … [Read more...]

Patterson Highlights Health Division’s Local Pontiac Coalition

In honor of National Public Health Week, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is highlighting Oakland County Health Division’s (OCHD) Healthy Pontiac, We Can (HPWC) coalition for its extensive efforts in improving the health and wellness of Pontiac residents. “The Healthy Pontiac, We Can coalition is working hard to improve the quality of life for Pontiac residents. It has accomplished so much since the Health Division created the coalition in 2011,” Patterson said. “The … [Read more...]

Oakland County Ranks Second in the State for Health Behaviors

Oakland County ranks number two for health behaviors among 82 Michigan counties for the second year in a row, according to the County Health Rankings Report released Wednesday. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson attributed this accomplishment to county initiatives that improve quality of life for residents and a strong public health program. “Maintaining active and healthy lifestyles is at the heart of our public health programs and quality of life initiatives,” Patterson said. “The … [Read more...]

Rochester College Student Nurses Host 5K Run/Walk

Rochester College Student Nurses' Association

Rochester College's Student Nurses' Association is hosting a 5K run/walk, called Run SNA, on scenic Paint Creek Trail on Saturday, March 28, from 8 - 10 a.m. Laura Bellinger, president of RC's SNA, said funds raised will "help fund medical missions for nursing students, provide scholarships for nursing students in need, and fund travel and hotel accommodations for state and national conventions for our student nursing leadership." Registration is $20 for students, $25 for the general … [Read more...]

Go from Couch to 5K with the Brooksie Way Spring Jumpstart Training Program

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Before you know it, it will be time to run the HealthPlus Brooksie Way. So instead of waiting until the last minute, why not start training now? Beginning Thursday, March 26 this seven-week running and walking program uses a run/walk/run or walk/shuffle/walk interval training method with the goal of getting you across the finish line. Interval training is used for the entire process; you won’t be pushed to run without walking, even during the race. This program is for everyone, ages 18 … [Read more...]