11-01-2018 Global climate change is topic of Two Rivers Coalition Annual Meeting; Learn to live we

PASSING ON SUPPORT… Pastor Alex Hoffmeyer from Salem Lutheran Church, Coloma, presents a $900 donation to Carole Sternaman from HOPE Resources, local food pantry. The funds were raised from Oktoberfest held on October 13; many thanks to all who donated merchandise and gift cards for this annual fundraiser.

Global climate change is topic of Two Rivers Coalition Annual Meeting

Is global climate change causing the current environmental issues facing our country right now? This important question will be the subject of the keynote presentation at the 10th Annual Meeting of Two Rivers Coalition (TRC) on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Van Buren Conference Center in Lawrence. Hotter and drier weather in the South and West causing increased forest fires; stronger and more frequent tropical storms in the South and East; “1000 year” rain events occurring twice within a few months in SW Michigan. Is there a connection and what does this mean for our region? Western Michigan Professor Dr. David Karowe will address these issues and dispel the misinformation as he discusses the “Effects of Climate Change on the Great Lakes Region.” The TRC 10th Annual Meeting will take place at the Van Buren Conference Center located at 490 S. Paw Paw St. in Lawrence. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for enjoying home-made desserts, browsing table displays from local environmental groups, and bidding on silent auction items donated by local artists. Program begins at 7:00 and will also include an update on efforts to establish the Paw Paw River Water Trail. This meeting is free and open to the public. TRC is a volunteer environmental organization concerned with the health of the Black River and Paw Paw River watersheds. For more information, please go to www.tworiverscoalition.org and/or find info on Facebook: @TwoRiversCoalition.

Learn to live well with heart failure

Lakeland Health will offer “Living Well with Heart Failure,” a free class for community members about congestive heart failure (CHF), a chronic condition characterized by the heart’s inability to meet the blood flow needs of the body. The program will take place on Tuesday, November 6, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Pharmacy Conference Room at the Center for Outpatient Services, located at 3900 Hollywood Rd in St. Joseph. Participants will learn to identify common causes and symptoms of heart failure, as well as new daily routines that can dramatically improve one’s quality of life. Preregistration for the class is required; call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544.

Free Adult Mental Health First Aid course offered Community members are invited to attend a mental health first aid training course. The class will take place on Thursday, November 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Consortium for Community Development, located at 175 West Main Street in Benton Harbor. Adult Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based public education and prevention tool which works to improve the public’s knowledge of mental health and substance use problems; helps adults take the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations; and connects people with care. Studies show one in five Americans has a mental illness, but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. When more people are equipped with the tools they need to start a dialogue, more people can get the help they may need. A training manual and certification is provided upon completion. Preregistration is required: call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544.

Weight loss options discussed by doctors of bariatric surgery

The Lakeland Comprehensive Weight Loss Center is offering a free seminar titled, “Lose Weight…Find Health.” The seminar will take place on Wednesday, November 7 in the Frederick S. Upton Education Center at Lakeland Medical Center, located at 1234 Napier Avenue from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. 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/events or call (269) 927-5361.

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