Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence to celebrate Southfield’s achievements in Let’s Move! healthy lifestyles program at the White House
Category: Community Written by Patrick Keating, Chronicle Staff Writer
On Wednesday, July 10, First Lady Michelle Obama will host Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence at the White House to celebrate the outstanding efforts of the city of Southfield and other communities in completing health and wellness goals over the past year for Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) program.
LMCTC calls upon local elected officials to adopt sustainable and holistic strategies that improve access to healthy, affordable food and opportunities for physical activity.
"Too many young people today do not eat balanced, healthy meals or get enough exercise," Lawrence said. "It is vitally important to teach our youth healthy eating and exercise habits that will carry over into adulthood. I envisioned this program to be one that is both fun and educational – inspiring and challenging young people to get off the couch and become more physically fit and active – and I'm happy to report that it was successful in achieving that goal."
Southfield's Let's Move! efforts included the Let's Move Summer Fitness Camp that featured a different sports-related theme and fun fitness activities for participants each week of the program.
The camp also included an overview of proper stretching and warm-up techniques, yoga and healthy eating habits. In addition, participants received healthy snacks as well as fresh fruits and vegetables from local vendors.
The camp was open to all Southfield students or children of parents who work or worship in the city and was sponsored locally by Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Alliance Plan, St. John Providence Hospital, and Michigan First Credit Union.
LMCTC is a major component of the First Lady's comprehensive Let's Move! initiative, which is dedicated to solving the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation.
The initiative's five goals are:
Start Early, Start Smart: Promoting best practices for nutrition, physical activity, and screen time in early care and education settings.
My Plate, Your Place: Prominently displaying MyPlate in all municipal or county venues where food is served.
Smart Servings for Students: Increasing participation in school breakfast and lunch programs.
Model Food Service: Implementing healthy and sustainable food service guidelines that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Active Kids at Play: Increasing opportunities for physical activity.
More than 56 million Americans in 330 cities, towns and counties from 46 states and the District of Columbia have committed to the above goals. NLC has awarded more than 1,000 bronze, silver and gold "medals" to recognize local elected officials who have made progress in achieving these goals.
"The League of Cities appreciates the support and energy of the First Lady for her tireless efforts to reduce the obesity epidemic facing our communities," said National League of Cities' (NLC) Executive Director, Clarence Anthony. "We congratulate all the local elected officials who participated in the event and are playing an instrumental role in providing our nation's children with a healthier future. When children grow up in cities, towns and counties that promote healthy development, they become productive and healthy adults, contributing to the prosperity of our communities."
NLC is working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and with the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Association of Counties and other nonprofit organizations, to assist local elected officials who join LMCTC as they implement policy and environmental changes to prevent childhood obesity. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded NLC a grant to provide technical assistance to local elected officials working to create healthier communities and prevent childhood obesity, including sites participating in LMCTC.
For more information about LMCTC and the city of Southfield's accomplishments, visit www.HealthyCommunitiesHealthyFuture.org or www.cityofsouthfield.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 17:32
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Jazz up your summer at Greenfield Village's seventh annual Ragtime Street Fair this weekend, July 13 -14, with special hours on Saturday until 9 p.m. Inspired by the festivals from the early 20th century, Ragtime Street Fair brings this unique period in American history to life through live entertainment, delicious summer street fair food, dramatic performances and even ragtime dance lessons.
Visitors can enjoy live entertainment celebrating these pre-jazz glory days with piano performances by Taslimah Bey, "Perfessor" Bill Edwards, John Remmers, Bill Meyer, Daniel J. McCarthy, Brent Beggs, Mary Pitcher, Carolyn Dicks and Jerry Perrine. The River Raisin Ragtime Revue and the Tartarsauce Traditional Jazz Band will keep the music flowing all weekend with special concerts Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.
On Saturday, competing pianists will show off their talents in a high-energy, piano-cutting contest while guests can learn the steps to popular ragtime dances. If you're interested in showing off more of your dance moves, join in on the cake walk competition, a traditional plantation dance in which the best dancer is given a cake.
Throughout the weekend purchase farm fresh produce at the traditional street fair located on Main Street, including sliced watermelon, strawberries, peaches and corn on the cob. If you've really worked up an appetite, try a New Orleans-inspired Muffuletta sandwich prepared by The Henry Ford's award-winning culinary staff.
Admission to Greenfield Village is free with membership or $24 adults, $22 senior (62 and up) and $17.50 youth (5-12). Children four and under are free. For more information, call (313) 982-6001 or visit www.thehenryford.org.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 16:58
Category: Community Written by AJ Williams & RJ Barnhill
Since 1936, Mr. Mikes Karaoke & Sports Bar had been providing Detroiters with an escape from the daily grind. Unfortunately the cozy lounge burned down yesterday evening.
Located at 6064 Woodward Ave, Mr. Mikes served as a Detroit social hub for years. The lounge with a neighborhood bar feel, drew a diverse crowd and specialized in great drinks and live entertainment. Located near the Wayne State University campus, it was a long-time favorite among students for its reasonable drink prices. Stay tuned to Michigan Chronicle.com as this story develops
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:26
Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Continue the 4th of July celebrations this week with even more summer fun downtown! Spend your evenings exploring the Quicken Loans Summer in the Park series that are launching this week. Enjoy music, movies, and more without leaving downtown!
Tuesday evening marks this week's first series launch with Classical Music Tuesdays Presented by WRCJ 90.9FM from 7 – 8:30pm at Campus Martius Park. The orchestral ensembles kicking off the season is the seasoned Michigan Philharmonic. Nan Washburn, 18 time ASCAP Award winner, conducts the orchestra in their performance of "An American Salute in Motown." Classical Tuesdays will run through July 30 and will feature the DSO String Chamber Orchestra, presented by Honigman, the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, Xiao Dong Wei and Friends, and the Beyer-Stacey Duo.
You're invited Wednesday evening to join fellow Detroiters at Grand Circus Park to enjoy the smooth sounds of live jazz while enjoying special theatrical performances on the park lawn stage. The series showcases Opportunity Detroit Jazz Experience from 5:30 – 6:30pm every week through August 14. The opening theatre performance by the Michigan Opera Theatre will follow from 7 – 8:30pm. The Elizabeth Theatre Company, Plowshares Theatre, Nadanta East Indian Dance, Ralphe Armstrong, and Shakespeare-in-Detroit are also showcased throughout the series.
Sunset in the City Music Thursdays is back, kicking off this year's season with Joan Belgrave and the Original Vandellas from 5:30 – 8:30pm. This free music series is presented by Absopure and Strategic Staffing Solutions. Belgrave will entertain the crowds with sweet love songs, sorrowful blues, and swinging beats. The Original Vandellas will follow with their greatest hits. The free music series will run through August 22 and will also showcase Alexander Zonjic & Friends, Larry Lee & The Back In The Day Band, Motor City Soul, Kaleido, the Gelheads L'Renee, and Serieux.
Also back by popular demand and launching this year's season is Faygo Movie Night in the D presenting Academy Award-nominated and winning films under the stars in CMP. Films begin at approximately 8:30pm on Saturday nights July 13-August 10. This week will showcase Les Miserables, a critically acclaimed adaptation of the epic musical phenomenon. Enjoy Faygo beverages and Good People Popcorn, available for purchase, while you enjoy the show! Also showing are Skyfall, Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, and Life of Pi.
The Marketing Associates Beach Party sand activities continue from last week and the Beach Party Concert Series begins this week with the 2013 Detroit Music Awards winner for Outstanding Reggae Band, Roots Vibrations. Enjoy dancing in the sand to island sounds on the Frankenmuth Brewery at Campus Martius Park Fridays from 5:30 – 8:30pm!
Campus Martius Park is grateful for Quicken Loans presentation of Summer in the Park 2013 and the wonderful support from all of our Official Sponsors including Compuware Corporation, McDonald's, WXYZ Channel 7, Meridian Health Plan, GalaxE Solutions, Honigman, Marketing Associates, Absopure Water, T-Mobile, Faygo, Frankenmuth Brewery, The Detroit People Mover, Detroit Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Strategic Staffing Solutions, TI Automotive, Clark Hill, Hines, Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, People's Transit, good people popcorn, 89X, 93.9 The River, Real Detroit Weekly, WRCJ 90.9FM, D-Hive, The Somerset Collection, Greko Printing, Blumz, Great Lakes Trophies, The Carr Center, Hard Rock Café, and Sterling Group, among others.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 15:38
Category: Community Written by Model D Staff
Detroit Lions fans are in for a real treat this fall at Ford Field; the stadium will be increasing its partnership with local food businesses to include two more Slows' outposts, a Corridor Sausage cart, and a satellite location of Russell Street Deli.
"We want to provide a better local experience for our fans," says Joe Nader, Executive Chef of Ford Field. "There are a lot of places around downtown that people go to before and after games. I could do a barbecue stand inside the stadium but I could never replicate Slows or their branding and wouldn't try to."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 12:32
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