Parents are signing up and sharing their stories! Angie, a mom from Chelsea, Michigan signed on to our Parent Call to Action and shared what she and other moms are doing to improve healthy eating and physical activity not only for their own families but for the community. Angie and six other moms thought it would be fun to plant a community garden to socialize, get exercise and have fresh produce. The problem, however, was none of them had ever gardened before. They decided to ask an expert to show them what to do and, “Seven Dirty Virgins and a Hoe,” as they call themselves, are now busy in their garden. This labor of love isn’t just for their families, it’s a learn-to-garden-to-give-back-to-the-community initiative. There’s even a large playground next to the community garden so their kids can play. Here are the “Dirty Virgins” hard at work. Way to make a difference, Chelsea Moms!
I was honored to be invited to celebrate with family and friends at the Motown Mansion for Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom and her family. The setting was beautiful and the Wisdom family so very gracious and fun. Here I am with friends and colleagues from our work with the Governor’s Talk Early & Talk Often℠ initiative — Nancy Combs, Dr. Wisdom & me; Nancy Combs, Tiffany Baker & me; and with new friends, Sharon Milberger & Cheryl Abaloz from Henry Ford Health System.
From the Motown Mansion I headed to the Detroit Athletic Club for reception and dinner for my friend, and fellow MOASH (www.moash.org) board member Dr. Cheryl Gibson Fountain. Cheryl was installed as the 127th President of the Wayne County Medical Society of Southeast Michigan. She spoke so compassionately about the need for health coverage for all Michigan residents. We were entertained by the Riverview Chorale who sang a beautifully and one song in particular entitled “I need you to survive.” ( “I Need You To Survive” by Hezekiah Walker ) Cheryl was surrounded by family, friends and esteemed colleagues who are passionate about providing the best healthcare possible. Here are some pictures from a fun evening. Congratulations Dr. Cheryl Gibson Fountain! I am so proud to have you as a friend.
Photos below include:
Nancy Combs – Director, Community Health, Henry Ford Health System Sharon Milberger – Interim Director, Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, HFHS Cheryl Abaloz – Executive Assistant to Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom, Vice President of Community Health, Education & Wellness, HFHS; and Michigan Surgeon General Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom – SDOM, Vice President of Community Health, Education & Wellness, HFHS; and Michigan Surgeon General Lisa Mason – Manager – “Save Lives, Save Dollars”, Greater Detroit Area Health Council Tiffany Baker – Public Relations Specialist, HAP Cynthia Taueg’ – Vice President Community Health, St. John Providence Hospital Deborah Whiting – Health Center Administrator, Detroit Community Health Connection