• Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital Partners with Outdoor Discovery Center

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    May 21, 2019

    Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital Partners with Outdoor Discovery Center to Provide Family-Friendly Wellness Series
    ZEELAND, Mich., May 14, 2019 National Family Health and Fitness Day, celebrated the second Saturday of June each year, is the country’s largest family health and wellness event. This recognition is meant to promote the importance of parks and recreation in keeping communities healthy. 
    To celebrate the family approach to health and wellness, Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital, in partnership with the Outdoor Discovery Center in Holland, will be kicking off a new family wellness program called Fit & Healthy Families on Thursday, June 6. This eight-week series, taught by a registered dietitian, is designed to give families a break from screen time and encourage outdoor physical activity and healthy eating. The class takes place at the Outdoor Discovery Center so families can hit the trails, enjoy the parks, view live birds of prey and kayak, while spending quality time together. 
    “The main purpose of this class is to get families outside together and help them find activities the whole family enjoys as well as provide usable nutrition information,” said Heidi Lynema, registered dietitian and community health programs specialist, Zeeland Community Hospital. “The first half of each class incorporates interactive activities like food demonstrations, charades and matching games to teach the kids about nutrition. Physical activities follow, including hiking the trails, playing on the playground, practicing Zumba or embarking on a family scavenger hunt.”  
    The summer session of Fit & Healthy Families will be held every Thursday from June 6 to August 1 at 6 p.m. The fee is $25 per family. The fall session will be September 5 through October 24. The Outdoor Discovery Center is located at 4214 56thStreet, Holland, MI 49423.
    Spectrum Health, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,200 medical staff experts, 3,200 committed volunteers and ahealth planserving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 230 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $483 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2018. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.


    Ashley Kiekintveld, Communications Specialist
    (616) 772-4644

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