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Start Summer Off Right with Healthy Kick-Off Event
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Start Summer Off Right with Healthy Kick-Off Event
St. Joe’s teams with IHA and Canton Leisure Services to host family-friendly health event

CANTON, Mich. – (April 25, 2013) – Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is pleased to partner with IHA and Canton Leisure Services to offer the second annual Healthy Summer Kick-Off on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"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.

Join health reporter Lila Lazarus and Radio Disney for this interactive, family-friendly event being held at St. Joseph Mercy Canton, located at 1600 S. Canton Center Road. Thanks to generous support from IHA, the Radio Disney AM 910 Road Crew will be on hand with music, games and prizes, and Lila Lazarus will be leading free yoga classes. Register to win Tigers baseball tickets, a three-month pass to The Summit, and an iPad mini.

St. Joseph Mercy Canton will be offering a number of free health screenings including blood pressure testing, skin cancer, body mass index (BMI) and more. IHA pediatricians and family medicine physicians will provide kids mini fitness checks.

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 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.

Refreshments will be provided and all activities are free.

At Summit on the Park, located at 46000 Summit Parkway in Canton, the pool will be open from 1 – 5 p.m. to participants of the event, featuring its ever-popular lazy river.

"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."

For more information, call St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor at 734-712-7207 or visit

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About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving six counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital. Combined, the six hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have six outpatient health centers, four urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed improving the health of its communities by reinvesting its profits back into the community through new technologies, vital health services, and access for all. The hospitals of SJMHS provide approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.

For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit