Torrey Hill Intermediate School and Lake Fenton Middle School Win the Fourth Annual Commit to Fit! Active Schools Challenge

Torrey Hill Intermediate School and Lake Fenton Middle School students and staff have won the fourth annual Greater Flint Health Coalition Commit to Fit! Active Schools Challenge.

The Commit to Fit! Active Schools Challenge was designed to promote health and wellness within local schools while creating some “healthy” competition. Throughout the month of March, over 4,800 students from Genesee County schools strived to achieve 30 minutes of physical activity a day. Collectively, students from 35 schools across 15 districts in Genesee County logged over 4.7 million minutes of physical activity during the month.

The Active Schools Challenge had two competition categories, one for Elementary Schools and one for Middle/High Schools. This year over $5,000 in prizes will be awarded to the six winning schools to support school-based wellness activities year-round. The winning schools from both the Elementary and Middle/High School challenge are listed below.

The winning Elementary Schools are:

  1. Torrey Hill Intermediate
  2. GSRP Kiddie Time Childcare
  3. Hill Elementary

The winning Middle/High Schools are:

  1. Lake Fenton Middle School
  2. Woodland Park Academy
  3. Goodrich High School

Each winning school worked weekly to encourage students, teachers, and families to engage in physical activity both in and outside of the classroom. For coming in first place, Torrey Hill Intermediate School and Lake Fenton Middle School will also receive a trophy to display for the upcoming school year. All participants that reached the goal of 900 minutes of physical activity overall were entered into a raffle to win a variety of gift cards, skating passes, and more!

The Active Schools Challenge was generously sponsored by the Greater Flint Health Coalition, Hurley Foundation, Ascension Genesys Health Club, Oxford Bank, and Blanket Pro Insulation. Visit the new commit2fit.com website for information on free local fitness and nutrition classes, annual wellness challenges, and to join the Flint & Genesee County MOVEment!

 

About Commit to Fit!

Commit to Fit! is a program 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 and its multi-sector community and institutional partners 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 commit2fit.com.

About the Greater Flint Health Coalition

 

Established in 1996, the Greater Flint Health Coalition is a Flint, Michigan-based non-profit organization and 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 system in the community. For more information on the Greater Flint Health Coalition visit www.gfhc.org.

Registration now open for the 2018 C.A.R.E. Summit!

The 2018 Community Advocate Resource Empowerment (C.A.R.E.) Summit will be held on Monday, December 10, 2018. This summit will include motivational topics, breakout sessions, and local resources- all community outreach workers are encouraged to attend. This Summit is free, however, registration is required – Register Here.

Commit to Fit! 2018 Fall 4 Fitness Business-to-Business Challenge Registration now open to Genesee County Businesses, Organizations, and Community Groups

To promote health and wellness within the local business community while creating some “healthy” competition, Commit to Fit! is pleased to present the 2018 Fall 4 Fitness Challenge. Now in its eighth year, the community-wide, business-to-business wellness challenge will take place from October 1st to October 31st. Pre-registration for businesses, organizations, and community groups is now open via Commit to Fit.

The challenge is available free-of-charge to any Flint & Genesee County business, organization, or community group interested in bringing wellness to the workplace. Last year, over 130 local businesses and organizations participated.

Throughout the month of October, Fall 4 Fitness participants will track and earn points for their physical activity, with a daily goal of being active or exercising for 35 minutes per day. As challenge participants, individuals will earn Commit to Fit! Wellness Points for their Business, Organization, or Community Group for all physical activity tracked on commit2fit.com.

Based on their employee participation, businesses will compete against one another to see which will be recognized and rewarded for achieving the “Highest Level of Participation” and “Highest Level of Goal Attainment” with the winners earning the Commit to Fit! distinction of the “Healthiest Business in Genesee County.”

Individuals who reach the challenge goal of 35 minutes of physical activity daily throughout the month will also be entered into a raffle drawing to win cash prizes, fitness club memberships, and more! All registration and activity tracking is done online via Commit to Fit’s website, commit2fit.com, a free interactive wellness website made available to all who either live or work in Genesee County as a free resource to track and improve health behaviors while also providing health tips, tools, and additional resources. The Fall 4 Fitness Challenge is generously sponsored by Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (Platinum Level), HAP (Silver Level), and ELGA Credit Union (Silver Level).

How to register:
• Any Flint & Genesee County Business, Organization, or Community Group should first complete the online business commitment form at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F4F2018
• Local residents and/or employees from registered businesses can join the challenge by visiting www.commit2fit.com and logging in anytime!

The 2018 Fall 4 Fitness Challenge kickoff event will take place Friday, September 28, 2018 at 12:00 noon at the Flint Farmers’ Market Outdoor Pavilion.

About Commit to Fit!

Commit to Fit! is a program 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 and its multi-sector community and institutional partners 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 organization and 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 system in the community. For more information on the Greater Flint Health Coalition visit www.gfhc.org.

Michigan Health Endowment Fund Awards Two-Year Grant to Greater Flint Health Coalition to Address the Opioid Epidemic in Flint & Genesee County

The Michigan Health Endowment Fund has awarded the Greater Flint Health Coalition (GFHC) a two-year $499,950 grant to implement a Community-Wide Strategy to Address the Opioid Epidemic. This project, led by the GFHC Mental Health & Substance Use Task Force will engage children, seniors, and community residents most impacted by the opioid crisis through a multi-sector effort to build and strengthen workforce capacity, use upstream prevention strategies, and coordinate care, services, and community resources to improve the treatment for and prevention of opioid misuse. Key project partners include: Genesee Health System, Genesee County Medical Society, New Paths, Families Against Narcotics (FAN), Genesee Intermediate School District, Hurley Medical Center, McLaren Flint, and Genesys Health System.

“With the diversity of factors influencing the opioid epidemic in the community as well as nationwide, the support of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund will allow the Greater Flint Health Coalition to implement a multi-sector strategy to both treat opioid addiction and prevent future misuse in Genesee County,” states Kirk Smith, President & CEO of the Greater Flint Health Coalition.

Within the State of Michigan, Genesee County has the 18th highest rate of opioid deaths and has seen a steady increase 2013. In 2015, there were 54 deaths from opioid/heroin overdose. Genesee County residents had 14,820 prescriptions per 10,000 residents, an average of 1.5 opioid prescriptions for every county resident in 2015, a 46% increase compared to 2009. To learn more about the Greater Flint Health Coalition visit www.gfhc.org.

About the Greater Flint Health Coalition

Established in 1996, the Greater Flint Health Coalition is a Flint, Michigan-based non-profit organization and 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 system in the community. For more information on the Greater Flint Health Coalition visit www.gfhc.org.

About the Michigan Health Endowment Fund

The Michigan Health Endowment Fund works to improve the health and wellness of Michigan residents and reduce the cost of healthcare, with a special focus on children and seniors. More information about the Health Fund can be found at mhealthfund.com.

Flint Registry Pre-Enrollment Now Open

People who were exposed to lead-contaminated water from the Flint Water System after April 25, 2014 will soon be able to participate in a voluntary secure registry which will aim to connect them to programs and other resources that serve to minimize the effects of lead on their health while promoting wellness and recovery.

The goal of the Registry is to identify individuals exposed to the Flint Water Crisis and to support them by connecting them to resources in the community designed to keep them healthy. This is an opportunity for you to share your story and your concerns. The information you share with the registry will be used to monitor the health of our community and to advocate for resources needed to support our health. This is a way to empower the residents of Flint to get the information they need about the impact of the Water Crisis on their health.

Pre-Enroll Here: https://www.flintregistry.org/

Register now for the 2018 Commit to Fit! Walk to Wellness Challenge!

During the month of July, Genesee County & Flint residents will be encouraged to log their steps online at Commit2fit.com. All residents that reach the daily goal of 8,000 steps will be entered into a drawing for great prizes such as Flint Farmers’ Market gift cards. To encourage walking outdoors, a free Walk with Ease Program (designed for adults with limited mobility or arthritis) will be held at For-Mar Nature Preserve and Bluebell Beach. To learn more or register visit www.Commit2fit.com

GFHC Board of Directors passes a resolution in opposition to implementing work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries in Michigan as proposed in Senate Bill 0897

On May 21, 2018 the GFHC Board of Directors passed a resolution in opposition to implementing work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries in Michigan as proposed in Senate Bill 0897. This was resolution was passed because work requirements will reduce access to health care services, increase barriers to care especially among the poor and vulnerable, and negatively impact support for positive health outcomes of Michigan residents.

West Shore Elementary and Goodrich High School Win the Third Annual Commit to Fit! Active Schools Challenge

GENESEE COUNTY, MI (April 12, 2018) – West Shore Elementary and Goodrich High School students and staff have won the third annual Greater Flint Health Coalition Commit to Fit! Active Schools Challenge.

The Commit to Fit! Active Schools Challenge was designed to promote health and wellness within local schools while creating some “healthy” competition. Throughout the month of March, over 2,000 students from Genesee County schools strived to achieve 30 minutes of physical activity a day. Collectively, students from 30 schools across 15 districts in Genesee County logged over 3.8 million minutes of physical activity during the month.

The Active Schools Challenge had two competition categories, one for Elementary Schools and one for Middle/High Schools. This year approximately $10,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winning schools to support school-based wellness activities year-round. The winning schools from both the Elementary and Middle/High School challenge are listed below with their associated monetary donation for school wellness programming.

The winning Elementary Schools are:

1. Westshore Elementary – $1,500
2. University of Michigan Flint ECDC – $1,200
3. Torrey Hill Intermediate – $1,000
4. Rankin Elementary – $800
5. Perry Innovation Center – $600
The winning Middle/High Schools are:

1. Goodrich High School – $1,500
2. Carman Ainsworth Middle School – $1,200
3. AGS Middle School – $1,000
Each school worked hard weekly to encourage students, teachers, and families to engage in physical activity both in and outside of the classroom. For winning the Greater Flint Health Coalition’s Commit to Fit! Active Schools Challenge, West Shore Elementary and Goodrich High School will also receive a trophy to display in their school. All participants that reached the goal of 900 minutes of physical activity overall were entered into a raffle to win a variety of gift cards, skating passes, and more!

The Active Schools Challenge was generously sponsored by the Greater Flint Health Coalition, Hurley Foundation, Genesys Athletic Club, and Oxford Bank. Visit the new commit2fit.com website for information on free local fitness and nutrition classes, annual wellness challenges, and to join the Flint & Genesee County MOVEment!

About Commit to Fit!

Commit to Fit! is a program 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 and its multi-sector community and institutional partners 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 commit2fit.com.

About the Greater Flint Health Coalition

Established in 1996, the Greater Flint Health Coalition is a Flint, Michigan-based non-profit organization and 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 system in the community. For more information on the Greater Flint Health Coalition visit www.gfhc.org.