Ludington Hospital

Fit Club students win new bikes

August 8, 2017

Fit Club students with new bikes. Front row (l. to r.): Catalina Strong, New Era; Kole Damkoehler, Mason County Eastern, Custer; Patrick Reynolds, Walkerville; Jayden Burke, Pentwater Elementary; Gavin Cory, Mason County Central Upper Elementary, Scottville; Jayna Burmeister, Thomas Reed Elementary, Shelby; Anastasia Beattie, Spitler Elementary, Hart; Kira Rawlings, Franklin Elementary, Ludington; Khloe Wachowski, Lakeview Elementary, Ludington; and Ayva Hickenbottom, Mason County Central Lower Elementary, Scottville. Back row (l. to r.): Leona Ashley, Fit Club community health educator; Kelly Buxman, RD, Fit Club dietitian; Kathy Grierson, PA-C, Fit Club community health specialist; Loree Schneider, Fit Club coordinator; Kelly Barnhardt, RN, Fit Club community health specialist; and Dave Maclean, Spindrift Cyclesports. Other bike winners not pictured are: Abigail Bandstra, Covenant Christian, Ludington; Liam Torrez, Ludington Area Catholic; Ty Reed, Foster Elementary, Ludington; and Gurleen Multani, Baldwin.

A group of students from 14 local elementary schools are staying physically active this summer with new bicycles thanks to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital’s Win with Wellness Fit Club.

More than 1,600 students from Mason, Oceana and Lake counties completed a 100 mile fitness challenge during the 2016-2017 school year, which made them eligible to win a bicycle and safety helmet from Spindrift Cyclesports in Ludington. One student from each participating Fit Club school was randomly selected as the winner of a bike during a year-end celebration in June. The bicycles and helmets were delivered to the winners last week.

Fit Club provides health education and fitness opportunities to 3,800 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The goal is to empower youth to take an informed and active role in managing their own health to reduce their risk for chronic, preventable diseases. The program was the winner of the 2017 Ludwig Community Benefit Award from the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, which is presented to member organizations integrally involved in collaborative programs to improve the health and well-being of area residents.

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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 was the sixth time the organization received this recognition.

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