Recruit 5 Friends for Brooksie Way and You Run Free in ‘16

The Brooksie Way is offering 10 interested walkers and runners a chance to participate in the 2016 HealthPlus Brooksie Way Half Marathon for free – just convince five friends to register online for any of the 2015 Brooksie Way races. The inaugural Brooksie Ambassador Program offers the first 10 people who recruit five runners or walkers to complete the online registration for any of the Sept. 27 races will receive special reserved parking near the start/finish line for this year’s race, … [Read more...]

Join the Brooksie Way Fall Couch to 5k Training Program

Have you seen those orange shirts running all over Rochester and Rochester Hills on Thursday nights?  Would you like to train for the 5k race at The HealthPlus Brooksie Way on September 27, 2015? Beginning Tuesday August 11, this seven-week program will use a run/walk/run interval training method with the goal of getting you across the finish line.  Interval training is used for the entire process; we won’t push you to run without walking, even during the race.  There is a walking … [Read more...]

Kidz1st Pediatrics Welcomes Dr. Heather Binasio

The ribbon is cut and Kidz1st welcomes visitors to see the remodeled pediatric office in Rochester Hills - photo by Michael Dwyer

Dr. Heather Binasio M.D. Kidz1st Pediatrics has been providing healthcare services to the Greater Rochester Area for nearly 50 years—in the same location—under the leadership of Dr. Bradley Barnes. Last month, Dr. Barnes and the staff of Kidz1st welcomed Dr. Heather Binasio M.D. to the practice. Dr. Binasio graduated from Michigan State University and Wayne State University’s School of Medicine. Last year, an outpatient rotation program brought Binasio to Kidz1st. On July 22, the … [Read more...]

Mosquito Pool Tests Positive for West Nile Virus


According to the Oakland County Health Division, the first mosquito pool testing positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) has been found in a trap set in southeastern Oakland County. As in previous years, the late summer months have shown an increase in mosquitoes testing positive for the WNV. Oakland County residents are urged to protect themselves from the threat of WNV by taking necessary precautions. “Although no human cases of the virus have been confirmed in Oakland County this year, … [Read more...]

Extended Clinic Hours for Back-to-School Vaccinations

Oakland County Health Division will hold extended clinic hours to vaccinate children in their Pontiac and Southfield locations, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today. “I urge parents to get their kids vaccinated before the back-to-school rush,” Patterson said. “Vaccinating children with all the recommended vaccines is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children and the community.” Health Division’s extended clinic hours are: North … [Read more...]

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

Breastfeeding Place flyer

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...]