May 14 2009

Students excel beyond the walls of RHS

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by STEVE LEWIS Assistant Principal, Rockford High School As a community, we are aware of the accomplishments of our students in the academic arena with nearly half of our students achieving honor roll status. While many of the students excel in the classroom, they also carry their talents into the sports arena, winning many conference and state championships. Our band and choir also shine in state competitions as well. Last month our theatre students performed “Beauty and the Beast” that was on the level of a Broadway musical. Perhaps the most compelling attribute of our students is what they do beyond the walls of Rockford High School (RHS). Our students’ compassion for others and the student service they do is simply remarkable. The following letter was written to RHS staff from one of their colleagues about student service. Dear Colleagues, I wanted to take a moment to tell you about an incredible demonstration by some of our students last night in Grand Rapids. Fifteen RHS students, some of them Youth Initiative members, some from my AP English classes and some from Mitch Gathercole’s Senior Composition classes, helped my wife Tammi and me make and serve a “Love Feast” in inner-city Grand Rapids last night. The students made spaghetti with meat and marinara sauce, Caesar salad, fruit salad and dessert (12 students made brownies and cakes) and served the meal to unemployed, indigent and homeless people. I can’t tell you how proud I was of our students’ work ethic, creative problem-solving, and servant hearts. We were told to prepare a meal for 75-100 people and 140 showed up to eat and 20 asked for food to go for their friends and family that could not come. The students responded to each challenge with creativity and positive attitudes. Students had to serve each person, but also meet various and sometimes strange requests of some rude, caustic and demanding people. They illustrated agape love in every action whether cooking, serving or cleaning up. During the evening, a few men stumbled into the hall obviously intoxicated, but hungry just the same. They were loud and boisterous, but our students were not intimidated or rude. They met their needs in the same fashion as any of the others. In another […]

Rockford Christian students work to serve others

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In the fall of 2007, Rockford Christian School (RCS) staff member Mark Worst and teacher Bev Broersma had an idea: to create a service project for Bev’s fourth-grade class that would teach her students how to give. The idea was to set up a “school store” run by fourth-graders that would serve the Rockford Christian School community, and in turn, serve the world. In addition to the snack items and school supplies that the class now sells, the fourth-graders also partner with other RCS class fundraisers to further boost their earnings. This school year they have already earned over $1,200, which has been donated to good causes throughout West Michigan and the world. The class’ efforts have purchased everything from backpacks of supplies for Asian missionaries to water filters for small villages, to school supplies for a small Christian school in the Dominican Republic. One of the class’ favorite projects was using the $416 they earned in November and December to purchase Christmas gifts for a Grand Rapids family. The students took their hard-earned money to Meijer and shopped for items on the family’s wish list, then brought them back to school to be wrapped and delivered. April’s funds are already earmarked toward another project close to home. The class’ goal is to buy ingredients to assemble 1,800 individual snack bags full of trail mix to be distributed to kids in the Grand Rapids Public Schools.  “The store has been such a blessing to us,” says Broersma. “When kids see what the money they earn can buy, it makes it more real to them. Their effort bought markers or presents or talking Bibles-not their parents’ effort. They get excited! My goal is to teach kids that ‘donating’ money to a service project isn’t always just parents handing over cash. It takes time and effort and sometimes requires us to give up time in which we could be enjoying ourselves-recess!” The RCS store is open twice daily, during morning and noon breaks. At each time, two fourth-graders staff the store, collecting money, making change and serving their customers. Many students donate their change toward the month’s cause, and sometimes parents make additional donations. The store has some academic benefits. “I can do math a lot quicker,” […]

Add years to your life, life to your years

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by SANDY STANTON ChiroHealth Rockford Everyone is talking about the mind-body link and the mind-body connection. Recent scientific discoveries have placed this phenomenon at the core of the wellness movement. Educating yourself on the mind-body connection can make a big difference in your family’s health. The Mind-The home of the mind is the brain. According to the February 1997 issue of Life Magazine, “This three-pound organ stores 100 trillion bits of information over the course of 70 years. That is equal to 500,000 sets of the Encyclopedia Britannica, which stacked, would reach 442 miles high. A fully formed brain contains 100 billion neurons, or nerve cells.” Wow! While these numbers are staggering, what’s even more impressive is how these neurons function to originate thought and supply information to the body. This is what chiropractors and other holistic health professionals refer to as “innate intelligence.” Your innate intelligence, within you, is the life energy that keeps you alive, heals you when you are sick, and enables your body to perform the extraordinary amount of work, effortlessly, that keeps you functioning at your full potential. It is important to keep your mind clear and sharp for it to be effective in the mind-body connection. The Body-The performance of your body is extraordinary. “Breathing one pint of air 17 times a minute, we take in 78 million gallons in an average life span, enough to fill the Hindenburg airship one-and-a-half times. The average person takes one billion steps in his life and walks about 77,000 miles, landing on each foot with a force triple his body weight. Eight million new red blood cells are produced in the bone marrow every second.” Amazing! What do you think will happen if you only take care of your body when it is broken? Unfortunately, there are many people who grew up with the mindset, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” These people ignored pain and did not participate in wellness activities. They are paying heavy prices today. Just look at their posture. If people look bent over and crooked on the outside, how do you think their bodies are on the inside? Rather than commit to a wellness lifestyle, they cover up their problems with drugs and keep on going, […]

Yoga in times of crisis

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by DR. JORGE RODRIGUEZ, Ph.D. Doctor in health & physical education Personal trainer/owner Many people are unrolling their yoga mats and polishing their poses to find flexibility and sanity amid the financial chaos. Last month I read an article from  New York news that said fitness experts say gym memberships are holding steady or rising and yoga classes are thriving.  What I really think is that a yoga practice becomes a refuge from the negativity of an economic recession, and the studio kind of becomes the sanctuary. Yoga uses movement and postures to strengthen the body and breathing techniques and meditation to quiet the mind. People who take yoga class, “take a break” from whatever else may be going on in their lives. And at the very most, a practice can become a transformational experience that reenergizes and rejuvenates you. These days, especially when faced with any crisis, devotees are eager to cite the tranquility they have found by regularly participating in yoga. Often, people get hurt because they assume that yoga is simple and that anybody can pretzel himself or herself on demand. At the same time, others see yoga as a practice originally conceived to help people achieve inner peace and tranquility, as a way to get a vigorous workout. More than five times as many people take yoga classes at health clubs today as did a decade ago, and enthusiasts have devised all kinds of variations found appalling to purists: hip-hop yoga, disco yoga, power yoga, not to mention other different controversial yoga branches. When some people think of yoga, they imagine having to stretch like a gymnast. That makes them worry that they’re too old, unfit, or “tight” to do yoga. The truth is it’s never too late to improve flexibility. The series of yoga poses called asanas work by safely stretching your muscles. Yoga increases the range of motion in joints. It may also increase lubrication in the joints. The outcome is a sense of ease and fluidity throughout your body. Yoga stretches not only your muscles but all of the soft tissues of your body. That includes ligaments, tendons, and the fascia sheath that surrounds your muscles. And no matter your level of yoga, you most likely will see […]

What are symptoms, treatment for influenza?

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by ALANNA WIARDA, M.D. Advantage Health Physician Network Northeast Office   Influenza, commonly called the flu, is a contagious respiratory viral illness which is most commonly seen in the winter months. The flu virus is spread person-to-person via respiratory droplets produced by coughing, sneezing or talking. There are many different strains of the influenza virus, each designated with an H and N number (example strain H2N3 was common several years ago). The most recently recognized strain of influenza, the swine flu (H1N1), was first seen in Mexico in March 2009. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 29 countries have officially reported a total of 4,379 cases of this flu strain. As of May 10, 2009, in the United States, there have been 2,532 confirmed cases in 44 states, including 114 in Michigan. As of May 7, there has been one confirmed and 38 probable cases in Kent County. Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of the swine flu are similar to other flu strains. Symptoms of influenza infection include: fever, chills, headache, body aches, cough, sore throat and fatigue. Fever may last two to five days with flu, compared to 24-48 hours with other common upper respiratory infections. The illness typically lasts three to five days, but weakness and fatigue can persist for several weeks. A person is considered to be contagious from one day before symptoms begin until about one week later. The most common complication of the flu is pneumonia, which can be very serious in the elderly, young children and those with chronic medical problems. You should seek medical care quickly if serious symptoms develop such as shortness of breath, chest pains, uncontrolled vomiting, dehydration, confusion or convulsions. Influenza is diagnosed based on the typical symptoms occurring during an outbreak in the community or during the usual flu season. A nasal swab can be obtained to confirm this diagnosis, but is not always necessary. Treatment of flu symptoms can help to make you feel better, but will not shorten the illness. Recommendations include rest, drinking plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, and use of over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin) to relieve fever, headaches and muscle aches. Use of aspirin is not recommended, especially in children under 18, as this […]

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