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Jump Start Program a Success

Jump Start Program a Success
The JumpStart! program awards student's achievements.  These energetic  participants of the Jump Start! program arrived at school early each morning four days per week to participate in the fun fitness program.  On Mondays and Wednesdays they ran laps around the gym as part of the Mileage Club.  Our highest mileage this year was run by siblings Kenny Bates (61.25 miles) and Aubrey Bates (59.33 miles)!  All runners kept track of their weekly laps and were awarded prizes throughout the year.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays the kids exercised in various ways such as rotating to the fitness stations at the JumpZone!

Hula Hooping!

I’ve been looking for weeks for something I can do with a torn ligament in my foot.  I found it!  An easy, fun way to do cardio!  Hula hooping!  Remember how much fun it was when we were younger?  It’s even more fun now!

Hooping is cardio without counting. It improves core strength, tones your stomach, arms, thighs and butt, is a low-impact, high-energy workout that can burn approximately 400 - 600 calories in an hour. (In an hour!)

Hooping is also an excellent way to relieve stress.  Not only does your body benefit, hooping also improves your balance and posture, increases coordination and improves flexibility.

I love it.  It doesn’t feel like work and it’s a blast!  I was thinking it could be fun to get a group together to meet once a week in the Grove Street Park in Coopersville during the spring/summer (probably on the Main Street side where there is some shade).  :)  If you're interested let me know.

Red Cross Blood Drive is April 25th

Red Cross Blood Drive is April 25th

News Release:

LANSING, Mich. – April 8, 2011 –  Every day of every week, people need blood for emergency and ongoing medical care. It’s a need that doesn’t take a break, despite the season. About 39,000 blood donations are needed daily by hospital patients undergoing treatment for serious diseases like cancer and sickle cell, for surgery, and for trauma and burn care.

“Collecting blood from volunteer donors isn’t something that can be put on hold or caught up on later since the need for blood is constant,” said Sharon Jaksa, CEO for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “We’d like everyone who can to consider donating blood now or in the next few weeks to celebrate spring. It could be a great way to renew yourself, and to bring the gift of life to someone in need.”

Coopersville Farmers Markets to reopen in June

From the Coopersville Area Chamber of Commerce:

Thank you for your support of local farmers! 

The Coopersville Farmers Markets will open again in June 2011 and run through the end of October 2011. 

Wednesday Farmers Market

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Farmers Market Pavilion located in the North Main Street Parking Lot

Friday Farmers Market

2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Veteran's Memorial Park located on W.

Red Cross needs help in West Michigan

Red Cross needs help in West Michigan

The American Red Cross is asking residents help throughout West Michigan. The recent snow storms and icy traveling conditions have canceled or shut down many of the previously scheduled blood drives. Due to these cancelations the Red Cross was unable to collect an expected 28,000 pints of blood.

The Red Cross is offering from now until February 26th to all whole blood donors, a chance to win an all-expense paid trip for two to see the Division 1 Men’s Basketball playoffs, as well as a 250 dollar Meijer gift card.