Commit To Fit Mayor’s Wellness Challenge Finale Event: April 30, 2015

The 2nd annual Commit to Fit! Mayor’s Wellness Challenge is a one-month health and wellness challenge that will be held from April 1st – April 30th, encouraging local Flint & Genesee County residents to practice healthy behaviors and become more involved in their community.

Commit to Fit! and City of Flint Mayor Dayne Walling welcome all individuals to join the challenge, inviting residents to participate in the following ways:

Event Participation: Over 70 fun, healthy events will be held throughout Flint and Genesee County throughout the challenge, many of them led by Mayor Dayne Walling. All individuals and residents in attendance at each one of the fun, healthy activities will be entered into a drawing to win Commit to Fit! prizes.

Online Challenge Tracking: Keep track of minutes of physical activity, servings of fruits and vegetables, and monitor weight online at www.commit2fit.com throughout the challenge – Achieve these healthy goals and become eligible for a number of incentives, including over $500 in total cash prizes! Visit www.commit2fit.com to view a complete list of prizes.

A full calendar of events and additional details can be found at www.commit2fit.com or the Commit to Fit! Facebook page, and will include healthy cooking demonstrations at the Flint Farmers’ Market, a family fun walk at Max Brandon Park, a lacrosse clinic at Haskell Community Center and many more fun, healthy activities.

The Commit to Fit! Mayor’s Wellness Challenge is supported by a diverse collection of partners, including the Greater Flint Health Coalition, Crim Fitness Foundation, the Flint Farmers’ Market, the Flint & Genesee County Parks, Hurley Medical Center, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, Insight Health & Fitness Center, Genesys Athletic Club, Jazzercise of Court Street, the Downtown Flint YMCA, and the University of Michigan – Flint Recreation Center.

Sign up for the challenge at www.commit2fit.com today. All those who live or work in Flint and Genesee County are welcome to participate free-of-charge. Anyone who signs up by April 5th will be entered into a drawing to win cash prizes.

About Commit to Fit!
Commit to Fit! is an ongoing initiative of the Greater Flint Health Coalition (GFHC) focused on improving the health and health behaviors of Genesee County’s residents. It is one component of the Greater Flint Health Coalition’s County Health Rankings Action Plan, an eight point action plan developed collaboratively by the GFHC that outlines a series of short and long-term strategies to improve Genesee County’s health. For more information on Commit to Fit! and the County Health Rankings Action Plan visit www.commit2fit.com.

About the Greater Flint Health Coalition
Established in 1996, the Greater Flint Health Coalition is a Flint, Michigan-based non-profit health coalition – a true partnership between Genesee County hospitals, physicians, business, insurers, public health professionals, policymakers, government leaders, educators, organized labor, community organizations, residents, and all those concerned about the well-being of our community and its residents. The two-fold mission of the Greater Flint Health Coalition is to improve the health status of Genesee County residents and the quality and cost-effectiveness of the health care delivery system in the community. For more information on the Greater Flint Health Coalition visit gfhc@flint.org.

Your Health Your Choice Advance Care Planning Project Launches Community-Wide Engagement Efforts

GENESEE COUNTY, MI (April 16, 2015) – A community awareness campaign highlighting the importance of advance care planning is being launched on April 16th by the Greater Flint Health Coalition and its Your Health Your Choice Advance Care Planning (ACP) partners.

The Your Health Your Choice ACP project is a collaborative effort to develop a single, shared approach to advance care planning in Genesee County. Targeting Genesee County residents ages 55 and over, the Your Health Your Choice initiative provides resources, information and tools for people to talk about their healthcare wishes with family and healthcare providers and to complete written advance directives in accordance with Michigan state laws. Participating partners in the Your Health Your Choice ACP initiative include Genesys Regional Medical Center, Hurley Medical Center, McLaren Flint, the Genesee County Medical and Osteopathic Societies, along with several physician organizations and local health plans and payers.

The group’s public kickoff for the Advance Care Planning project coincides with National Healthcare Decisions Day, which is celebrated annually on April 16. Along with a morning media conference at the Flint Farmer’s Market, each of the three area hospitals will staff informational displays in their lobbies from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 16. The public is welcome to visit either Genesys, Hurley or McLaren and receive free information about advance care planning as well as access to advance directive forms. In addition, individuals will be able to schedule – at no charge – an appointment with a certified advance care planning facilitator for assistance with advance care planning and completion of their own advance directive. These resources are also available by visiting www.yourhealthyourchoice.org

The Your Health Your Choice ACP project’s goal is to provide Genesee County residents with early access to the advance care planning process. Providers throughout the region are being educated to engage patients in advance care planning on an ongoing basis, referring them to support systems and following up with them as necessary. As part of their long term support of this initiative, each hospital is offering free monthly ACP educational sessions and one-on-one appointments on an ongoing basis.

Ideally, advance care planning is undertaken when patients are healthy and can speak for themselves. Individuals are encouraged to have conversations with their families and other loved ones to clarify their goals, values and wishes. This makes it much more likely that the person will receive the medical care that supports those goals, and it also helps to prevent family members from questioning medical decisions made on behalf of a patient.

“It is understandable that people would put off discussing the topic of serious illness and death, but it’s essential to have this family conversation in advance,” said Lori Kunkel, Vice President of Programs, Greater Flint Health Coalition. “Advance care planning is a gift for families so they are not left struggling in a crisis to determine what kind of treatment their loved one would want or second-guessing their decisions.”

For more information, visit www.yourhealthyourchoice.org

About the Your Health Your Choice Advance Care Planning Project:

Your Health Your Choice is an initiative of the Greater Flint Health Coalition (GFHC) in partnership with Genesee County healthcare providers including Genesys Health System, Hurley Medical Center, McLaren Flint, and Genesee County Medical Society. It is focused on developing a shared, community-wide process for advance care planning that creates effective methods to honor the informed healthcare decisions of patients that respect each patient’s rights while: a) providing comfort and dignity during end-of-life care, b) increasing the patient’s participation in decisions regarding medical care before and at the end of life, and c) ensuring a record reflecting patients’ healthcare decisions is available when needed across Genesee County health systems and provider sites.

For more information on the Your Health Your Choice Advance Care Planning Project visit http://www.yourhealthyourchoice.org