Category: Community Written by Cathy Nedd
For bride-to-be Clare Shaw and her fiancé Shaun Marx it was a life-changing invitation. The 30- year-old nursing student from Madison Heights had been overweight most of her life so the invite to join Health Alliance Plan’s Couch to 5K Challenge was the perfect solution.
“Shaun and I looked at each other and immediately decided to take part,” Shaw said. “We both wanted to get fit and be healthy for our wedding day next June – this was the perfect opportunity to get fit together.”
The couple joined 400 other Health Alliance Plan members taking part in the new HAP Couch to 5K Challenge, a program designed to motivate, train and support people shifting from a sedentary life-style. The program combines in-person training with online engagement to help participants go from little or no exercise to running a 5k race (3.1 miles) in just nine weeks.
Other participants with compelling stories include Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson who wants to use the challenge to serve as a healthy role model for her constituents; Dearborn mom Clare Colleran who wants to show her 18-year-old daughter – joining her in the program – that it is never too late to get fit; and Southfield resident Erica Ballard who is motivated to lose 20 pounds to avoid developing diabetes, which runs in her family.
“For many people who haven’t had a regular fitness routine, the thought of getting active and starting to run seems overwhelming, even impossible,” said Terri Kachadurian, Director, Worksite Wellness and Member Engagement Programs at HAP. “Our Couch to 5K program shows that, with the right support, nearly all of us can make a positive change to our health and develop a fitness habit that can last a lifetime. When our 5K runners cross the finish line in Detroit in June the HAP team will be cheering the loudest – it’s a huge achievement but we knew our members were up for the challenge!”
Participants receive encouragement, camaraderie and technical support from fitness experts such as Sherry McLaughlin, president of the Michigan Institute for Human Performance in Troy. Support includes group practices, training plans and a SparkPeople.com team page where participants can support each other, track their weekly progress and communicate with their coaches.
As for Shaw, she loves everything about the program. “I downloaded the training program to my phone and it tells me when to walk, when to run, then it even says ‘good job’ which really encourages me. I feel like I’m getting fitter with every run!” she said.
Follow Shaw and Marx, Colleran, Ballard and others on their Couch to 5K journey and learn more about starting your own Couch to 5K journey at hap.org.
Last Updated on Saturday, 11 May 2013 14:11
Category: Community Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
When Detroit’s most notable citizens, dignitaries and government officials gathered at the Max M. Fisher Music Center next to Orchestra Hall on Friday, May 10 for the 15th annual Ford Freedom Awards, the event took on an historic air all its own. The celebration of "Quiet Heroes," moderated by WXYZ Channel 7 news anchor Linda Lewis commemorated the struggles and sacrifices of those who dedicated their lives to the freedoms African Americans enjoy.
"This is a time to lay down the foundation for the freedoms that we enjoy. It is a time to celebrate history. It is also a time to embrace our role in moving forward. This is when we say, 'what can we do in moving foward into our future?'
Many of Michigan’s most respected citizens joined with Ford Motor Company executives to honor three of the nation's greatest civil rights activist. Johnnie Carr and Viola Liuzzo were honored posthumously, and the honorable Congressman John Lewis received the Ford Freedom Scholar Award.
Viola Liuzzo was a homemaker and mother of five children when she was murdered by Klu Klux Klan members in 1965 while working with civil rights activists in Alabama. She was killed while driving with a black passenger along a rural highway. They had been working to register black Southerners to vote during the civil rights movement. Liuzzo's daughter, Sally Liuzzo accepted on behalf of her mother. And Carr's son, Arlo accepted on behalf of his mother, Johnnie Carr.
Johnnie Carr died in 2008 at 97. She was an early activist in Montgomery, helping to launch the career of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and succeeding him as president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, a group that fostered integration without confrontation. Carr was a long-time and close personal friend of Rosa Parks, and when Parks left Montgomery to work for Dr. King, Carr stayed in their hometown to carry on the fight for civil rights. At Friday’s event, Carr, was named the posthumous Ford Freedom Honoree.
U.S. Congressman John Conyers presented legendary and beloved civil rights activist, Congressman John Lewis with the Ford Freedom Scholar Award. Lewis explained that when he was going up in Troy, Alabama, only 50 mile from Montgomery, and he asked his parents about segregation they responded, "That's the way it is. Don't get in trouble, don't get in the way" He added, "But I heard about Rosa Parks, heard the words of Dr. Martin Luther King on an old radio and they inspired me to get in the way and get in trouble. So for more than 50 years I have been getting in trouble and I am going to get in more trouble."
Lewis comented that when asked ask whether or not the election of Barack Obama is the fulfillment of Dr. King's dream, "I say 'no.' It's just a down payment."
The Ford Freedom Fund Awards raise more than $200,000 for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, said Juanita Moore, president and CEO of the museum
Guests and honorees at the 2013 event were entertained following the awards ceremony by Grammy-winning R&B singer Eric Benet.
The Ford Freedom Awards program is made possible by a grant from Ford Motor Company. Proceeds of the event benefit the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American fundraising efforts. –roz edward
For more information, please visit www.fordfreedomaward.com.
Last Updated on Sunday, 12 May 2013 09:28
Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
LANSING – With Pure Michigan Caramel Apple ice cream becoming a new household favorite, Hudsonville Ice Cream and Pure Michigan are asking fans to submit their ideas for Pure Michigan’s next official ice cream flavor.
The contest for the next great Michigan-inspired ice cream flavor kicks off today and will help promote the bounty of food and agricultural products available to Michigan visitors and residents alike.
“We had so much fun asking fans to create the taste of Michigan last summer, we knew we had to do it again,” said Caryn Beatty of Holland, Michigan-based Hudsonville Ice Cream. “We know the passion that exists for Michigan and that generates great, creative ideas.”
The Pure Michigan ice cream contest runs through May 22, and the winning flavor will be selected by Hudsonville Ice Cream. The winning flavor will be announced on June 21 – the first day of summer – and will go into production over the summer for distribution beginning this fall and winter.
Flavor contest entries may be submitted on Hudsonville Ice Cream’s website at hudsonvilleicecream.com/puremichigan. The grand prize for the winning ice cream flavor includes a two night stay at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, a year’s supply of Hudsonville ice cream and Pure Michigan merchandise.
“Nothing says America’s perfect summer like ice cream and Pure Michigan,” said George Zimmermann, Vice President of Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “This is a terrific opportunity to engage with our fans and showcase the wide variety of flavors to be found throughout the state.”
Last year more than 3,000 flavor suggestions were submitted to determine the official Pure Michigan ice cream flavor of Michigan state parks. Flavors ranged from Tahquamenon Falls Root Beer Sundae to Hex Hatch Jubliee, with Pure Michigan Caramel Apple taking the top prize.
The Pure Michigan Caramel Apple flavor was the second most popular limited edition flavor in the Hudsonville lineup last year, selling more than double the quantity expected.
“Pure Michigan Caramel Apple was extremely successful and we look forward to creating the next great Pure Michigan ice cream flavor,” said Beatty.
Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, markets the state’s tourism industry and provides valuable visitor information services. For Michigan travel news and updates, go to michigan.org.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) serves as the state's marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent and jobs, with a focus on helping grow Michigan's economy. For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit: MichiganAdvantage.org.
Contact: Michelle Begnoche
Last Updated on Friday, 10 May 2013 11:37
Category: Community Written by NewsOne Staff
A Detroit-area pimp took his own life as a team of law enforcement officers closed in on arresting him, Fox 2 News Detroit reports.
Officers of a multi-regional law enforcement team repeatedly knocked on Mark Luke White ‘s (pictured) door in Southfield, Mich., demanding that he give himself up. After getting nothing but radio silence, they raided the apartment and secured it. Some 20 seconds later, officers heard a single gunshot. Officers found White dead in the back bedroom.
Had authorities apprehended him alive, they believe they would have had a strong case to convicted him on human trafficking charges. Authorities believe that White was using his business, “Sizzling Hot,” to run a prostitution ring.
His business cards included a catchy message: Do you have champagne dreams with a Coca-Cola budget? Are you a strong willed independent young lady with exquisite taste? Do you make your own decisions without being influenced by your peers? If you answered yes, then call for great career opportunities.”The career opportunities White was referring lead straight to a life of prostitution and abuse, authorities allege. “These predators, and Mr. White was a predator, they actually go out there and they look for people that they know have some weakness and things that they can prey upon,” said Lieutenant Mike Shaw with Michigan State Police.
White, who spent three years in prison on prostitution charges, was dubbed a “gorilla pimp” by authorities because of his extremely violent behavior towards his victims. Though one of them was brave enough to come forward to Southfield police and report White. The victim told cops that White would let her visit family every few weeks, but left her with a very strong message: If you do not come back, I will kill you and your family.
“She was being held against her will,” Shaw said. “She was fortunate. She had the strong will enough to decide that one time enough was enough, and then she went to the police, and we got her out of that situation, and she’s alive today.”
The cops found drugs, money a safe and other things they would not tell the media. Authorities say their investigation is not done and believe there are more victims connected to White’s alleged human trafficking enterprise. They are being urged to come forward.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 May 2013 14:55
Category: Community Written by Mlive
DETROIT — McDonald's fast food restaurant workers went on strike at 6 a.m. Friday to protest low wages, says Charles Williams II, one of the organizers.
Williams, pastor of King Solomon Baptist church and the Michigan leader of Al Sharpton's National Action Network, said via phone at 8:30 a.m. Friday that nearly 14 workers, some on-duty, joined the protest in front of the McDonald's located at 14271 Gratiot on Detroit's east side. Click Here For Complete Story
Last Updated on Friday, 10 May 2013 09:59
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