Community, Big Rapids Hospital, Reed City Hospital

Community Invited to ‘Garden Your Way to Better Health’

BIG RAPIDS & REED CITY, Mich., May 5, 2017 – There are many benefits to gardening. Not only can it improve your health through many great vitamins and nutrients in vegetables, and herbs, but it also saves money.

As part of Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals’ ‘Helping the Whole You’ series, join gardening experts from TrueNorth Community Services as they discuss how simple it can be to incorporate recycling, composting and gardening into your daily life. In fact, small changes can lead to a 30 percent reduction in household wastes, with composting being a great way to create rich nutrients for your garden.

Find out how composting and gardening is an affordable way to enhance a healthy lifestyle at two convenient presentations:

  • Wednesday, May 17, noon to 1 p.m. at the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, located at 435 N. Michigan Ave. in Big Rapids.
  • Thursday, May 18, noon to 1 p.m. at the Reed City Fire Department, located at 523 Morse Street in Reed City.

Community members of all ages are invited to attend these free presentations. Both sessions will include the same presentation. A free meal will be provided, and space is limited.

To register, visit or call 231.592.4207.

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 12 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 180 ambulatory and service sites; 3,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, including 1,500 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan that served 996,000 members in fiscal year 2017. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 26,000 employees. The organization provided $372 million in community benefit during its 2017 fiscal year. Spectrum Health was named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems—and in the top five among the largest health systems—in 2017 by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM. This is the sixth time the organization has received this recognition.

Patricia Ezdebski
Marketing and Public Relations
Office: 231.845.2350
Mobile: 231.301.4864

Danielle Wells
Media Relations Contact