Happy Monday!! Becky is back with another round of Fit and Healthy for you from The Gym in North Muskegon.
This time, she's breaking out the TRX straps and while you might think that this kind of stuff is best used to make sure your luggage stays on the roof of the car while you're heading out this Summer... Becky sees it a little differently and has some plans for ya. Now, you might need to invest a little in some of this equipment, or..if it's something you'd like to try before you buy your own, you could consider joining her at The Gym in North Muskegon for one of her groups or a little one on one.
As always, check with your physician before beginning this or any workout program. Warm up, stretch out and make sure you stay hydrated! Bust out the straps... here comes episode 48!
It was a rough one. Hope you didn't end up tangled up in your TRX equipment or, maybe just scared away from the idea. :) Becky is awesome and can help get you to this point if you want it! In fact, you can even join her for the Transformation Challenge at The Gym in North Muskegon if you are ready to get in shape. Get the details on the challenge below and click on it to reserve one of the spots limited to 10 people in the group!! Good luck!!
Hopefully, you've been enjoying and benefitting from Fit and Healthy With Becky on The Muskegon Channel for a while! Heck, tomorrow marks the 48th episode that will be coming out, but there are also some people out there who enjoy fitness in a group setting and Becky has just the thing for you!
She's running a special class called The Transformation Challenge at The Gym in North Muskegon.
The class is limited to 10 participants. There are prizes involved. There is motiviation in groups. There are two meetings a week and there are others who want to encourage you and help push you along to achive!
Get the scoop from Becky and I about the Transformation Challenge!
Sound like something you're up for? It's as simple as getting a hold of Becky! All the details are below and you can click on the image to get in touch direct! Get in on the next Transofrmation Challenge with Becky at The Gym.
Mood changes during and after pregnancy. Quite often, what we see and hear about the subject is dealt with in the movies and TV as a woman crying about some mundane situation or what should be a simple task, but,since she's just had a baby she's a disaster and her hair is filled with curlers while she stands there in a robe with a house full of screaming kids, the phone ringing, the dog barking, the door bell buzzing and of course...something is boiling over on the stove....it's the classic household mayhem scene all because "postpartum depression" has set in. Well, it's a little more complicated than that and the reality is that it's a pretty serious situation and the subject is being seen in a new light and something that should be talked about.
Like any other "secret affliction" women who deal with these mood changes quite often feel like they are isolated. That no one else must have the feelings they do because after all, you just had a baby right? It's the most joyful time in life. There are new beginnings, new purpose...a renewed sense of purpose, direction and meaning. But...for the last 9 months....the body of the woman has been on the biggest roller-coaster ride it will ever be on. From the hormonal changes to the shape and size...welcoming a new critter into the world is a huge endeavor and getting back to "normal" it's not going to happen over night. One in seven women will suffer from some form of pregnancy and postpartum mood disorder and on in a thousand will suffer from postpartum psychosis. These are real mental health issues and to the woman suffering them they are a dark place filled with isolation and since we've decided that a new born is supposed to be nothing but joy...the women often feel they have nowhere to turn to look for help let alone even talk about what they are feeling inside.
Let's break the conversation open. Let's get past the game and mystery and talk point blank about what actually happens in these cases. Sounds great coming from some clueless guy right? That's why we bring in people who know what they are talking about. Laura Bronold is an RN at North Ottawa Community Hospital where she is the Coordinator of their Prenatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder Program, Postpartum Support Group facilitator and Childbirth Educator. She is also the lead facilitator of the Lakeshore Prenatal Mood Disorders Coalition which serves Ottawa and Muskegon County and is a board member of the Michigan Statewide Prenatal Mood Disorders Coalition. Missy Gallegos is with the Muskegon Health Project and works in a few different coalitions around town. You've seen Missy here before with the Know Smoke Zombie Walk and more. We sat down at Cinema Carousel to talk about the upcoming screening of the film "The Dark Side of the Full Moon" which chronicles the story of two women who traveled the country to tell the stories of pregnancy and mood disorders. The showing is coming up May 16th and you can reserve a seat by clicking on the image above. For now, a little more on the subject from Laura and Missy.
Like anything suffered in isolation...the beginnings of an answer come from the willingness to communicate about the problem. From the writers perspective, I never had kids or went through the pregnancy process so I like so many others don't know the first thing about it. But, I do know that finding those that do know a thing or two about it and connecting you with them...well, that's when we begin to build toward making things change and for the better. It's time to come out of the darkness when it comes to pregnancy and mood disorders. Society is now in a place where our mental health is paramount and as we talked in the video.... there is help out there. In the form of professional help or groups....we can change the way that women deal with these challenges and we can also shatter the stereotype of "postpartum depression" and address the issue head on. My thanks to Laura and Missy for joining me for the talk. For more on the services offered by Laura at North Ottawa Hospital click on the image below and you can also view the full trailer of "Dark Side of the Full Moon" below that.
It's been a while since we first told you about Muskegon's MARS FIRST Robotics team. In fact, it was back in January that we first met Michael Gerstweiler and his team of kids from Muskegon area schools including Reeths-Puffer, North Muskegon, Orchard View, Oakridge and a few home schoolers. Together they meet up and form the MARS Rovers robotics team and when we first talked they were minutes away from getting their orders on what this years project was going to be. Once the task is assigned, there is a 6 week window for these teams from all over the world to design, build and make their robot function in the FIRST competition. It's a STEM competition that pushes young people in the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (thus STEM) and it's an intense experience for all of the competitors.
As we wrapped up our fist story, the group grabbed their seats and waited for instructions. Flash forward to today, well, our MARS First kids from Muskegon are on their way to the World Finals to be held in Detroit April 25th-28th. 28 countries 400 teams, Cobo Hall and Ford Field will be in use. Need a hotel in Detroit that weekend? Good luck on that. It's going to be filled with brilliant young minds..and probably some college and business recruiters who are looking for future developers and leaders. The best part of it is....Muskegon has not only the MARS First team but the Wavelengths fro Mona Shores heading there to represent us on a world stage. Possibly the best in the world....right here in Muskegon.
As we wrapped up our story in January, I told the MARS team that I'd be excited to come back and follow up. Actually was kind of wondering if I would hear from them again recently to be honest with ya, and just like that, Mike pops up on my instant messenger and says "Guess what...we're heading to the World Championships...want to come do another story?" Threw the camera in the car and off I went to visit Mike and his son Nick. Let's talk world championships!
What a bright future for these kids huh? It's going to be a great weekend for them and a great weekend for all of us as they head to Motown to show off what they have accomplished and try to stack up against the best of the best on the planet! Weeks of dedication, planning, preparing and competing to be a part of the excitement and hopefully bring back a win for themselves and all of us! Our very best to both the MARS FIRST team and the WAVELENGTHS!! For more on the FIRST Program, visit their website below.
Yes, there is still snow on the ground, but there is no proof that it's some kind of James Bond super villain that's in charge of controlling the weather, so lets go with the assumption that it's going to warm up and we're going to be enjoying everything fun about the movies in West Michigan that we know and love...including being one of the last bastions of hope when it comes to the timeless classic of having a drive in! More on the drive in in a moment, but let's talk about some cult classics first.
A while back, we introduced you to The Denton County Play House, they "shadowbox" The Rocky Horror Picture show and their cast travels the state. Well, in Muskegon, they have a new home and it's the Plaza 1&2 on Henry Street! If you've been part of the phenom of the Rocky Horror Picture Show since "back in the day" you know you're in for a raunchy good time, and if it's your first time giving it a try...well, find a sitter and join the fun Saturday at 10:30!
Now, on the the Getty Drive In! It's opening weekend!! Double features at all showings! The nostalgia of the drive in, the fun of packing the family in the car and bundling up, maybe even getting to go to the movies in your jammies if you're a kid....doesn't get much better. This year, you'll find some new amenities at the Getty 4. The theater is now on with the rest of the Celebration Cinema family as far as rewards and online tickets. They are also launching a new express entrance for those who do purchase their tickets in advance, but that might take a week or two to perfect, so please, be patient if you head to opening weekend with tickets in hand.
Then there are the movies! It's going to be a great season with a little something for everyone. Comedy, action, super hero's, suspense and even Han Solo gets his turn in the spotlight!
Tom Bitson is the manager of The Plaza 1&2 and he's also "The Guy" when it comes to movies in Muskegon. We sat down to talk all things coming up in the near future of fun, take a listen!
It's going to be a busy summer! So much to do and see and as far as the movies go and as we've talked in the past, Celebration Cinema puts so much into the experience. The seating, the sound, the 3-D, the D-BOX, the concessions....the immersion into another world for a short while and a chance to escape it all at the movies! For tickets, shows and show times to all the Celebration Cinema theaters, click on the logo below!
I recently visited Diane Smith with Agewell Services of Muskegon, Oceana and Ottawa Counties to talk about their 5th annual HEELS FOR MEALS fundraiser event taking place this coming Saturday, April 21st at Bella Maria's Event Center.
Happy Monday!! A Bosu Ball! What is it? Glad you asked! It's half of a stability ball that's on a base and it's used in a variety of ways, which Becky is about to show you in today's episode! A multi purpose devise, you'll be able to use what you learn in today's show for some strength, endurance and balance! It might require a little investment in the equipment, but in the long term, it will pay off as you use it over and over.
Becky has a weekly show here on The Muskegon Channel, but she's also got a really fun weekly program going at The Gym in North Muskegon. It's limited to 10 people and it's called The Transformation Challenge! You meet twice a week and enjoy a series of work stations to share the experience with others who want to help each other shape up too! There is power in groups and some encouragement and accountability don't hurt either.
For now, let's bust out the Bosu Ball! It's episode 47 of Fit and Healthy With Becky on The Muskegon Channel.
If the Bosu Ball is your thing great. If that Transformation Challenge sounds like something you'd be more interested in....well, hey, click on the photo below to get in touch with Becky and find yourself a slot! Our thanks to The Gym in North Muskegon for being our host club and our thanks to you for tuning in!
Being part of West Michigan is truly a blessing. We have some of the most beautiful beaches, lakes and trails all at our disposal. If you have not been out to the Michigan State Park on Scenic drive you really should go.
DUNEiversity is geared toward student groups and corporate groups. These adventure-based team building activities are tailored you your groups needs and budget. While you participate in this program you will learn how to become a stronger team through education about the local environments history and how to conserve it.
It is important to stay active throughout the summer months. One way to help our children do that is through a week-long summer camp that engages them through multiple outdoor team building activities. There are two different age groups for the half-day dune adventures camp: Salmon (7-11) and Eagles (11-14) and are held Mon-Fri for three hours. If you are interested in the Full day dune adventures camp that will be held on specific weeks. This camp will be from 8am-4:30pm and will be for ages 7-12 years of age.
No matter your age and group there is always something for you to do. Some of the things that you may look forward to trying are: Paddle boarding, archery, summer luge, Kayaking, a Trail Quest and ropes course. If you are looking to just visit the sports complex without a group you can try your hand at one of the many trails or even have a picnic lunch at the beautiful beach right across the street.
Today I stopped out to talk with Bill Bailey about the new program that the Sports complex is launching called DUNEiversity, take a listen.
Thanks to Bill for taking the time to talk a little about this exciting program at the Muskegon Sports Complex. If you'd Like to know more, click on the image below to visit their website!
Jerry Maxwell! Adventurer...cook....renaissance man and more! The guy just loves showing off his passion for things and sharing his love for all things artistic, miniature and creative. We picked up on Jerry a while back and asked if we could share his world with you on The Muskegon Channel. He politely agreed!
This episode, Jerry takes you to a a galaxy far away as he shares some of his miniature Star Wars collection and talks a little about some of the figures etc. Enjoy!
We've worked on both Positively Muskegon and The Muskegon Channel to share the platform when it comes to kids and schools and what's truly needed at the area schools. Yes, we are aware that there are plenty of people out there that think any time a millage comes along that it's to pad some slush fund account, fill in a gap somewhere hidden in a budget or it's just a school trying to make a grab for more money. Well, we're always very open to the idea of sharing the need and what we ask from the schools who want to share the story is some transparency in what they are looking for. It seems to be a fair trade that if they want to share their need they can just join us to talk about it. We don't cut it up into sound bytes, we don't edit it down to fit into 30 seconds...we just talk and explain the need. In this particular segment...you will see one bump, that is from our end...our camera records in 15 minute segments, and we did have to string two together for this and we did have to adjust the video a little because the camera wasn't centered properly. We're up front too.
I was invited out to Orchard View by Superintendent Jim Nielsen to talk about their upcoming ballot request on May 8th. There has been a tremendous amount of work done in advance of this request and it's all essential work that needs to be done on school properties that is long over due, and if neglected longer will end up costing much more in the long term. It's also a great way to look at long term cost savings by adding more efficient mechanicals, assuring the roof's don't fall in and making sure the urgent needs of piping, maintenance and ADA requirements. Are they the most flashy and cosmetic improvements, nope...but they are truly essential and they are a long term investment in the kids of the OV District.
In a nutshell, it's going to come down to about $4.17 a month of a tax increase. You can link over to the particulars by clicking on the image to the right, and you can also take a listen to my chat with Jim Nielsen, Jack Timmer and Matt Vandervelde of Orchard View Schools to learn a little more about the need, where the money will and won't go and how it legally has to be spent if the voters of the area approve this on May 8th. Take a listen.
I never had my own kids. I have never too voted against something asked for by the schools. I am not one that is all for more taxes, no one is, but our schools are truly one of the key factors in our community. We don't pay into schools just for our own kids, we pay into them so the kid down the street can get an education. We pay into them so that our future generations can do better than we did and this time around in Orchard View they are asking for the bare minimum to fix what needs to be fixed to maintain and improve what's there and start taking steps in the long term preservation of the facilities. It's about $4 bucks a month that they are looking for over 10 years and in my humble opinion, it's a very small investment in our kids. My thanks to Jim and the staff for taking a few minutes out of their day to explain the need. For more, and some examples of what needs to be taken care of, there is another informational video below produced by some trying to help the millage pass. If you'd like to know more about Orchard View Schools, click on the image below to visit the district website.
One thing we can hopefully all agree on is that the opioid crisis is WAY out of hand. We're not here to say that if you truly need them, you shouldn't have access, but..if you've got some laying around the house or maybe you have a prescription that has expired or is left over from a relative that has passed and you don't know what to do about them, there is a safe and easy way to get rid of what you have and the opportunity comes with no questions asked from law enforcement or health care as to why you have a prescription with someone else's name on it.
April 28th from 9a-1p you can participate in the Spring Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program at the Norton Shores Fire Department on Pontaluna Road. You don't even have to get out of the car to drop off your unused medications and sharps. There is a quick survey and then you rid yourself of the left overs and save yourself the risk of someone else getting them or, the environmental damage you can do by using the old stand by of flushing them down the toilet...which is not recommended at all.
Since the program began in Muskegon back in 2010...get this, over 30,000 pounds of outdated and unused medications have been dropped off. THIRTY THOUSAND POUNDS of pills. Imagine that? Think of the risk involved in those meds getting in to the wrong hands. Think of the safety of your kids or your kids friends who might come over and just happen to find something like that in a medicine cabinet or closet? The danger is real, and the awareness has never been higher. This is why The Health Project of Mercy Health along with The Muskegon County Law Enforcement Agencies team up to help remove the risk from the community with this safe and anonymous program.
Rachel McCoy is with The Health Project at Mercy Health. She and I met up at the Emergency Command Center of the Muskegon County Police Department to discuss the program a little and get you up to speed on what to expect on April 28th. Take a listen.
The idea is...better safe than sorry. As we've discussed in the past and as we've featured a story or two over the years, we're in a bad spot when it comes to pills and opiate based medications and addiction. If you are not using highly addictive medications and they are in your house...they pose a risk. This is a free, safe and anonymous way to keep your risk to a minimum and make sure those kind of medications are out of your home. You should also do an inventory of all your other medications to see if they are past their expiration date and clear them out too. Think of it as Spring Cleaning for your medicine cabinet and closet. Take them to the Norton Shores Fire Department on April 28th and know they will be disposed of properly. Our thanks to The Health Project of Mercy Health for their sponsorship of The Muskegon Channel as well as their stewardship of Muskegon and our people. To visit the MAMDP website click on the image below.
Time to step it up a little. Becky is back with this week's installment of Fit and Healthy with Becky from The Gym in North Muskegon. It's a workout involving some steps and a coupe of weights that will bring a little added something.
Becky is a personal trainer and works to keep her clients, and you...."Fit and Healthy". If you work out along here on The Muskegon Channel or if you take her up on one of her classes at The Gym or The Muskegon Country Club, she'll devise a plan custom tailored to your needs and ability. In a group setting or one on one, Becky is dedicated to making sure your road to better health is purpose driven, fun and directed.
Before you start this or any exercise program, please consult your doctor. Always warm up, stretch out and remember to drink plenty of water!
On to episode 46 of Fit and Healthy With Becky!
BAM! You did it! Keep it up! Come back again. The best part of Fit and Healthy on The Muskegon Channel? You can come back as often as you like, work at your own pace and you can also share it with friends! If you'd like more one on one attention....Becky is as close as a click. You can click on the image below to link over to her website to get in touch and get going on a personalized program.