Category: Community Written by Donald James
October is National Chiropractic Health Month, as well as Spinal Awareness Month and Dr. Cecil Forbes, a Detroit-based chiropractor, is taking the opportunity to educate Detroiters on the benefits of chiropractic and spinal health and care.
According to Dr. Forbes, who owns and operates iCare Spine & Rehab Center in the Palmer Park area of the city, National Chiropractic Health Month and Spinal Awareness Month offer the perfect time for individuals, regardless of age, occupation, or fitness level, to learn more about what good chiropractic and spinal health mean. The theme for this year’s National Chiropractic Health Month is “Get Vertical.”
Through iCare Spine & Rehab Center, Forbes provides such services as treating sports injuries, chronic back pain, neck injuries, headaches, whiplash and brain trauma, as well as providing massage therapy.
“Our goal at iCare is to treat people in need of chiropractic and spine care with the highest level expertise and professionalism,” said Forbes.
“We want to get people moving and get them back to the best level possible in order to live normal and active lives. In addition, we want to better inform people of how to follow preventive measures to assure chiropractic, spinal wellness and optimal health.”
Forbes’ expertise as a chiropractor is well documented. From 2006 to 2009, he was an associate chiropractor for the Detroit Lions while affiliated with HealthQuest. In 2011, he hosted a talk radio show on WCHB 1200 called “Second Opinion.“ Forbes, along with radio partner Dr. Trotter, discussed various health and medical topics for the listening audience. Additionally, Forbes gained valuable experience while treating thousands of patients in Hyderabad, India, as a medical participant of the Clinic Abroad Program.
Forbes currently serves as the team physician for Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School’s football team in Detroit. As a member of the American Chiropractic Association, the American Black Chiropractic Association, and the Michigan Association of Chiropractors, Forbes is always plugged in to the latest and best developments in the field.
A native Detroiter, Forbes attended King High School where he was a cornerback on the football team. He also ran track and played volleyball. During his junior year, he injured his knee, but went on to play football at Jackson State University (JSU). At JSU, Forbes was faced with declaring a major.
At first, he wasn’t sure of what major to pursue, but remembered the extraordinary medical care, treatment and rehab services he received when he injured his knee in high school. Thus, he majored in biology, with a concentration in physical therapy, which earned him a bachelor’s degree in four years. Subsequently, Forbes was accepted at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, where he earned a doctorate of chiropractic.
Since returning to Detroit in 2006, Forbes has remained busy in his professional endeavors. However, he makes time to talk with African-American youth about making good choices in life, including good career choices.
“I love speaking with young people about the great possibilities that they have in life if they make good decisions,” said Forbes. “Interacting with young people is so important to me because I feel that they need to see and hear from good role models that have come from the inner-city, just like they have, which will let them know that they can be successful.”
In addition to his professional and social commitments, Forbes also walks in faith. He is a member of Word of Faith International Christian Center where he works with the ministry of helps. He also is an usher.
“I know that I would not be where I am without God,” said Forbes. “I am so thankful that He has blessed me to be able to do what I do to help my people with my time and talents.”
To learn more about chiropractic and spinal health and care, contact Dr. Cecil Forbes at 313.867.5705 or visit his website at www.icaresr.com.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 17:17
Category: Community Written by Loretta V. Davis
Sniffling, sneezing, coughing, sore throats. Yes, cooler temperatures mean cold season is upon us. But is the common cold all we have to worry about? Fall and winter is also the onset of flu season. In Michigan last year, the incidence of flu illness started much earlier than in previous years and with a greater impact. Unlike the cold, the flu comes suddenly and can lead to severe illness or death. Thankfully, unlike the common cold, seasonal flu can be prevented with a flu shot and for good reason.
Catching the flu, also known as influenza, does not just mean missing a few days of school or work. The illness can range from mild fever and sore throat to pneumonia
and bronchitis. For those with chronic diseases, flu may worsen health conditions. People with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu, and people with chronic congestive heart failure may experience worsening of their condition. Even more alarming is the chance of life-threatening illness and death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that seasonal flu has accounted for between 3,000 to 49,000 deaths per year over the past 31 seasons. During a regular flu season, from October to May, about 90 percent of flu-related deaths occur in people 65 years and older.
Even as a health professional, I once believed that I could stay healthy without a shot and avoid the harmful effects of the flu. And even if I did catch it, it wouldn’t be so bad, right? Wrong. The flu is unpredictable, and its impact is largely out of our control — unless we vaccinate. It was not until a close family member became suddenly ill and near death that I really understood the importance of the flu shot. Vaccines not only protect an individual, but our communities as well. Each one of us has a responsibility to those closest to us to prevent the flu from spreading.
Myth: If you don’t get the flu vaccine before December, it is too late.
Fact: You can get a flu shot anytime during the flu season but once symptoms come, it is too late to protect ourselves against the infection.
Myth: If I take the flu shot it can give me the flu.
Fact: If you have children, elderly, or pregnant women around, it’s especially important to protect them, as they are most susceptible to die from flu-related illness. Everyone over six months of age should get a flu shot.
The Institute of Population Health offers walk-in flu clinics at our new location at 8904 Woodward Ave, Detroit, and our northeast location at 5400 East Seven Mile Road. No appointment necessary. Just walk right in. We are fully staffed and will get people in and out quickly. Our process makes it easy to get the shot and is an essential step to preventing serious illness for yourself and those around you this fall and winter.
To learn more about flu prevention and flu immunizations, call the IPH at (313) 324-9482. You can also access information on our website at www.ipophealth.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 10:51
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Hundreds will discuss how to reduce crime at the 4th Annual Detroit Neighborhoods Rising Summit
Detroit police chief James Craig will detail community crime fighting strategies at the fourth annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Rising Summit, Saturday, Nov. 2, at the downtown campus of Wayne County Community College District.
Free and open to the public, the summit is a full day of tutorial workshops and panels focused on how residents can improve their neighborhoods.
Summit participants also will hear a presentation from Dan Pitera on how they can be part of the implementation phase of Detroit Future City, the massive community planning project for Detroit, that is being rolled out in neighborhoods all across Detroit. The presentation will explain how community groups and residents can connect to strategies to improve their neighborhoods.
“Now, more than ever, we need all Detroit residents to play an active role in creating the kind of neighborhoods we all want to live in,” said Luther Keith, executive director of ARISE Detroit! “The summit offers an outstanding opportunity for residents and community groups to learn, teach and network with each other on strategies that will move our city forward.”
Sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and Detroit Future City, the summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the downtown campus of WCCCD located at 1001 W. Fort Street, 48226. It will include a continental breakfast and lunch.
The summit will offer 12 workshops with information and strategies to help residents improve their neighborhoods in areas ranging from fighting blight and crime and forming block clubs, to developing youth leadership programs, establishing community art programs, urban farming, developing farmers markets, obtaining mini-grants for neighborhood programs, youth unemployment efforts and more.
Workshops will be held the morning from 10:45 a.m. to noon., and in the afternoon from 1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. Although the summit is free, all participants are urged to register at www.arisedetroit.org to secure a spot in the workshops. They can also phone 313-921-1955.
In addition, there will be community organization exhibitors with information and resources to help neighborhood residents.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 10:46
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
The Northwest Activities Center is undergoing a renaissance of sorts. Since Fifth Third Bank began forming a partnership with the 37-year-old community center, things have begun to change for the better and on Saturday October 19, Fifth Third will celebrate its grand opening of the new micro-branch located just inside the center (see related story on page B-2).
The micro-branch, a new type of banking center for Fifth Third Bank, boasts “branch of the future” style features and provides customers and community residents the flexibility to do their banking where they play. The micro-branch is a “cash-less” branch, meaning there will be no cash transactions on the premises. There will, however, be other banking services available to customers that include ATM services, online banking and bill payment. Also, individuals can open an account at the NWAC micro-branch. Customers will also be able to make appointments for loan closings at the new micro-branch.
Customers that need to make cash-based or more involved banking transactions can visit the full-service branch at Eight Mile and Livernois which serves as the parent branch, or any one of our other four Detroit area branches.
“We are excited about the new branch,” said Sue Golembiewski, vice president and regional manager, “This micro-branch is one of a few of its kind in our market and it has been a great success since we opened our doors in August.”
While significant in its own right, the micro-branch is not the only change the Northwest Activities Center has experienced recently. Fifth Third Bank has also invested $800,000 in the center itself. The center has good bones, an important history in the area and is one of the most popular and heavily trafficked city-owned community centers in Detroit, having more than 300,000 visitors each year. The upgrades, many of them cosmetic, are currently in progress. Revitalization of the first floor includes new carpeting, furniture and upgraded technology that adds wi-fi to the first floor.
The partnership is not only skin deep. It includes a commitment to Mayor Bing’s Active and Safe Campaign for recreational programs and to the northwest Detroit community in particular. The Northwest Activities Center is an important anchor in northwest Detroit and many residents in the community and in the city at large rely on its continued presence to hold functions, conduct business and deliver programming and services for reasonable rates and fees that most city residents and community groups can afford.
Added investments for the center include a Mac computer lab, and an upgraded conference room that will be available for use by nonprofit organizations, a redesign of the center’s website including site administration, and new marketing materials. Fifth Third also installed a copier with newer technology. In the months to come, the bank will begin programming financial literacy education programs and classes that residents can take advantage of. The bank has plans to include financial literacy education as part of the Northwest Activity Center’s permanent programming.
“I can’t wait to get started,” said Warren Morgan, assistant vice president and new financial center manager for the Eight Mile and Livernois branch and the NWAC micro-branch. “When you think about a partnership and our strong tradition of outreach, there’s a lot of promise here and we have a lot to offer the community. I feel at home already.”
The micro-branch will have non-traditional hours and will be open:
Monday 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 10:48
Category: Community Written by Bankole Thompson, Chronicle Senior Editor
Detroit mayoral candidate and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon is upping the ante of his campaign message with a bold neighborhood plan rolled out this week at an east side Detroit church. Napoleon vowed his plan will help families stay.
Napoleon, who recently secured the endorsement of Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, said his plan creates three major developments in each sector of the city, offering families a place to shop, eat and be entertained while ensuring that people get the jobs to build and work. The plan is in line with Napoleon’s neighborhood mantra of “Livable, Walkable and Sustainable.”
“We will never grow Detroit until we provide people a reason to stay in our neighborhoods, and for new people to move in. And that won’t happen until we make our neighborhoods livable, walkable, sustainable,” Napoleon said on his campaign website.
“What is unique about Detroit is that every neighborhood has its own identity. They all have residents who love their area and they know what’s best for their area. Because no neighborhood should be identified by its vacant homes or its blight. Identified by party stores, barbershops or gas stations where debris is blowing in the wind and the grass growing out of control. Graffiti remains for years.”
He said businesses that operate in our neighborhoods have to take ownership of their immediate surroundings. And if they need help with loitering, the city should be their partner in alleviating that problem. We can give all of our neighborhoods what they deserve, the support that they need. We can come together, and work together until all of our neighborhoods are walkable, livable, sustainable.
Napoleon’s $3.15 billion neighborhood economic development plan unveiled at Peace and Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church calls for a mix of government and private investment to transform blighted commercial and residential areas across the city, on top of his “one square” mile crime fighting initiative which promises to reduce crime by 50 percent.
“We have a neighborhood growth strategy that focuses on creating jobs and economic opportunities,” Napoleon said. “The strategy in each new council district will be anchored by an economic engine that will grow every section of the city.”
The mayoral candidate has been calling for attention to be shifted from downtown to the neighborhoods, and he said the $3 billion public-private initiative unveiled this week will breath new life into Detroit’s struggling neighborhoods.
His campaign said the 25-page crime fighting plan outlines in detailed fashion how each square mile of the city will be assigned to one police officer responsible for reducing crime.
Napoleon will face off with former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan who has garnered support from most of the private sector leaders in downtown Detroit.
The following are eight major initiatives of Detroit’s Neighborhood Growth Strategy, crafted by Napoleon. These strategies are meant to strengthen Detroit’s economy by increasing job opportunities within the city and increasing the overall tax base.
• Initiate the Five-Point Crime Plan, which Napoleon announced in September, to affirm Detroit as a safe city by reducing crime by at least 50 percent.
•Implement the One Square Mile Initiative by placing approximately 130 police officers within the viable 139 square miles to stabilize the city, and reestablish a better quality of life for the city’s residents by focusing on each neighborhood’s issues at the micro level.
• Develop and implement policy initiatives for a Blight Reduction Program, including holding banks responsible for their blighted property, and a moratorium on property purchases in the city that do not include a development plan with clear deadlines.
• Develop seven high-focus anchor projects in each of the seven Council Districts that will target public and private resources, which will significantly increase property values, and create thousands of new jobs for Detroiters.
• Build six Public Safety Service Centers with a private development partner in the Council Districts that will target commercial and retail investment and improve the functionality of the city of Detroit’s primary core service – public safety. (Council District 6 has an existing combined police, fire and EMS facility that was built by the city of Detroit and remains a very functional structure).
• Construct nine stand-alone fire/EMS stations throughout the city with a private development partner.
• Restructure the Detroit Housing Commission into the Detroit Neighborhood Partnership to create one governing and coordinating agency for neighborhood stabilization, revitalization and redevelopment functions, including planning, funding and implementing all neighborhood programs.
• Target institutional, corporate and foundations to generate a $50 million funding source for the Detroit Neighborhood Partnership and development activities.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 10:43
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