“Kute Kids”… THESE “KUTE KIDS” are… cousins Emerson Bohle and Avery Welsher as they grin from ear to ear and share a hug. Parents of Emerson are Dan Bohle Jr. and Shana Bohle, and Avery’s parents are Matt and Jessica Welsher. Both sets of parents live in Hartford. Share a photo of your “Kute Kids” with your friends, neighbors, and relatives who read the Tri-City Record. Make sure you write your kids’ names on the back of the picture and include any other information about it you would like to see in the paper, including mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, and so on. Send the “original” photo to the Tri-City Record, P.O. Box 7, Watervliet, MI 49098 or email it with your information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pick up your photo after it appears in the paper or include a stamped, self-addressed envelope and we will mail it back to you. Where are your “Kute Kids”?
Masonic Lodges to provide free Child ID Programs in Berrien County throughout August There will be four free Michigan Child Identification Programs conducted by Masonic Lodges in Berrien County in August. The dates, times and locations are as follows. Tuesday, August 7 at Riverview Park in St. Joseph from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. during the National Night Out event. Monday, August 13 at the Berrien County Fairgrounds in Berrien Springs from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. during the Berrien County Youth Fair. Sunday, August 26 at the Redbud Community Center in Buchanan from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. during the Buchanan Faith and Family Day event. Tuesday, August 28 at the Berrien County Health Department in Benton Harbor from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during the Back to School Bash event. Each child that goes through the process will receive a dental impression as well as a flash drive containing a photo, video, digital fingerprints and their vital information. Parents or legal guardians of children who participate must be present and fill out a permission slip for the child to receive this service. Children who have already received the service are encouraged to repeat the process every two years to keep the information in the completed packets current. The Michigan Child Identification Program provides the family with everything needed for the Amber Alert System. Since 2005 over ninety thousand Michigan children have received this valuable service. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children considers the Michigan Child Identification Program to be one of the most comprehensive of its kind. For questions or more information about the event you may call 269-612-7424 or consult the Michigan Child ID Web Site at www.michiganchildid.org.
Bones in Balance classes helps individuals with osteoporosis Lakeland Orthopedic Physical Therapy is now enrolling participants for Bones in Balance, a four-week program designed to teach those diagnosed with osteoporosis and osteopenia how to successfully live with these conditions through self-management. Bones in Balance incorporates education and exercise and is led by specially trained physical therapists. The program includes valuable self-management tips from a pharmacist, registered dietitian, and nurse educator. Classes meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a four-week period at the Center for Outpatient Services, located at 3900 Hollywood Road in St. Joseph. Registration is now open for the next set of classes which will run from August 7 to 30 and be held at 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease that affects over 44 million Americans, and although both men and women can develop the disease, over 80 percent of sufferers are women over the age of 45. Osteoporosis is commonly referred to as “the silent disease,” because bone loss occurs without any visible symptoms at first. Many people don’t realize they have osteoporosis until their bones are so weak that the smallest strain or fall causes a bone to fracture. A physician’s order is required to participate. There is a $25 registration fee to cover the cost of materials; the remaining amount is billable to your insurance. For more information or to register, call (269) 556-7150.
Bariatric surgeons to discuss weight loss options The Lakeland Comprehensive Weight Loss Center is offering a free seminar titled, “Lose Weight… Find Health.” The seminar will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15 in the Frederick S. Upton Education Center at Lakeland Medical Center located at 1234 Napier Avenue. Bariatric surgeons Jill Gorsuch, DO, and Michael Schuhknecht, DO, will discuss programs available for losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight for years to come. The Lakeland Comprehensive Weight Loss Center specializes in working with each person to create a customized lifestyle plan, including medical weight loss management through diet or bariatric surgery, nutrition counseling, individualized exercise programs, and monthly support groups. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, about 190 million adults in the United States are overweight and obese. Individuals more than 40% overweight are twice as likely to die prematurely as someone of average weight. However, the good news is that losing as little as 5-15% of your initial body weight can reduce your risk of diabetes and other illnesses, and can even eliminate your need for some medications. For more information or to register for the seminar, visit www.lakelandweightlosscenter.com/event or call (269) 927-5361.