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Lauren Jones, Media Relations
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Start Summer Off Right with Healthy Kick-Off Event
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St. Joe’s teams with Canton Leisure Services to host family-friendly health event Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is pleased to partner with Canton Leisure Services to offer the area’s first Healthy Summer Kick-Off on May 5, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join health reporter, Lila Lazarus for this strolling, family-friendly event being held at St. Joseph Mercy Canton, located at 1600 S. Canton Center Road, as well as at the Summit on the Park, located at 46000 Summit Parkway. In addition, information and activities will also be available on the path between the two facilities. "One of our department priorities is to promote an active and healthy community," said Canton Leisure Services director Debbie Bilbrey-Honsowetz. "This terrific partnership with St. Joseph Mercy Canton provides an opportunity for families to take advantage of some wonderful health initiatives right in their own backyard." St. Joseph Mercy Canton is offering a number of free health screenings including: blood pressure testing, skin cancer and head and neck cancer screenings, body mass index (BMI), asthma and allergy information and more. "As the largest health care provider in Canton, we're committed to helping the community kick-off their summer activities in a fun and healthy environment," said Kathy Kasperek-Korelis, executive director of ambulatory services at SJMHS. The popular Health Exploration Station at St. Joseph Mercy Canton will be open for tours and play; and the urgent care will host a teddy bear clinic, so don’t forget to bring your favorite stuffed animal to be mended. St. Joe’s “Farmer Dan” will be outside handing out seedlings and information about The Farm at St. Joe’s housed at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor – the only hospital-based farm in the country. Free yoga, Zumba and turbo kick classes, and information on bicycle safety can be found outside. At the Summit, the pool will be open from 1 – 5 p.m. to participants of the event, featuring its ever-popular lazy river. Refreshments will be provided and all activities are free. Register to win Tigers baseball tickets, a three-month pass to The Summit, and an iPad 2. For more information, call 734-394-5460 or visit
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