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Cancer survivor tree to be dedicated on Saturday

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A newly planted cancer survivor tree will be dedicated on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. during Portage Health Cancer Care’s inaugural Cancer Survivor Ceremony.

The ceremony will take place at Portage Health’s main campus during the Health and Safety Fair. During the ceremony balloons of all different colors will be released representing the different kinds of cancer. All attendees are invited to join survivors in a coffee and cake social following the ceremony.

The newly planted tree is a silver maple, and represents the hundreds of Copper Country residents who have won their fight with cancer.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony.

A cancer-free tomorrow the focus of upcoming event

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The American Cancer Society, Copper Country Relay for Life and Portage Health are hosting an information session about the Cancer Prevention Study-3 on Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Portage Health’s main campus in Hancock.

CPS-3 is a grassroots effort where local communities from across the country can support cancer research not just through fundraising efforts, but also by participating actively in this historic research study. At this year’s Copper Country Relay For Life on June 28 there will be a four-hour enrollment session.

“This is quite an honor, and a great opportunity to be part of the research that will lead to a cancer-free tomorrow,” said Laurie Stark, who is in charge of the local enrollment efforts. “Each of the first two studies the ACS did led to monumental changes in the way we treat cancer.”

Stark will be leading the information session on June 4, and is the contact person for the local enrollment session.

“We need people to understand what this study is, and how important it is to the future of what the American Cancer Society does,” Stark said.

Learn more about the study by going to For additional information about the local enrollment session contact Stark at

Portage Health Rehab starts a free lecture series

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First session focused on runners

The Portage Health Rehab department is beginning a series of lectures aimed to help the community gain knowledge to live a healthier and safer life. The series will feature rehab professionals speaking on a variety of topics.

Rehab Lecture Series“Our rehab staff will utilize the most current research in medicine and wellness to help direct people in self management and prevention of muscoskeletal impairments,” said Mark Randell, director of rehab.

The first event will be held on Wednesday, June 5 at the Portage Health Rehab office in Calumet.

The first 45-minute session will begin at 6 p.m. with “Run for Your Life: An Introduction to Running.” The second will begin at 6:50 with a focus on seasoned runners, “Improving the Economy of Running: Information for the Experienced Runner.”

“We are excited to be able to offer the first lecture series for local runners as this population of fitness has significantly increased in our region in recent years,” said Randell. “We will be presenting tips for injury prevention and sport performance to beginner and experienced runners.”

Mallory Rojewski, DPT, will lead both sessions, which are free and open to the public. After the initial discussion there will be a short question-and-answer session and time for free individual consultations.

“We’re really excited about this lecture series,” Randell said. “Each session will focus on issues that people deal with on a daily basis.”

Additional information on the first lectures is available at The website will also feature information on future lectures as it becomes available.

Portage Health hosting Health and Safety Fair on June 1

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Portage Health is hosting its fifth annual Health and Safety Fair on Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its main location in Hancock. The annual event is free to the public with health screenings, giveaways, tours of the facility, healthy snacks and much, much more.

“We hope you and your family will take time out of your busy schedule to join us this year, and take advantage of these free screenings and activities,” said Jim Bogan, president/CEO of Portage Health.

This year’s free screenings include total cholesterol, blood glucose, bone density, hearing, heart rate, pulse oximetry, pediatric breathing problems, body mass index, waist circumference and vision.

Back by popular demand is the car seat clinic, where parents work with experts to ensure their car seat is as safe as possible for their children. One hundred lucky kids will also leave with a free professionally fit bike helmet.

New for 2013 are health presentations by medical staff, including pediatrician Dr. Anas Jaber, and physical therapists Mark Kargela and Mallory Rojewski.

There is no preregistration for the event, and the entire community is invited. Visit, or call (906) 483-1153 for more information.

15th annual Camp 911 preregistration open

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Preregistration is now open for the Camp 911 Emergency Preparedness Camp on Aug. 6-7 at Mercy EMS Facility on Airport Road. The camp is free to students who are completing or entering sixth grade in a Houghton or Keweenaw County school.

Camp 911 2013Aspirus Keweenaw, Portage Health and Mercy EMS put on the two-day camp. Preregistration is due by July 1. Space is limited and the camp traditionally fills with a waiting list, so interested participants are asked to preregister as soon as possible.

“This camp is put on by an incredible group of volunteers from our community and has evolved into an invaluable, multifaceted learning experience for our area youth,” ,” said event organizer Ann Clancy-Klemme, RN, EMT-P. “The lessons learned at this camp will benefit the campers, and their community, today and throughout their lifetime.”

The camp focuses on hands-on fun that will help the kids learn what to do if they’re the first one on the scene of an emergency. It also focuses on how to avoid high-risk behaviors so that campers don’t become the person needing the help.

Campers will receive free beverages, snacks, lunch, a bystander care kid, a Camp 911 t-shirt and a certificate of completion on the final day. For more information on the camp, and to preregister online, visit

Portage Health Fitness Center expands outdoor group exercise schedule

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Bringing the workout outside seems to be the theme for the Portage Health Fitness Center, which has released its 2013 Summer Group Exercise Schedule.

“When we introduced the Adventure Bootcamp to the community in the summer of 2011 the feedback was incredible, people absolutely loved it,” said Angela Luskin, community health coordinator at Portage Health. “In 2012 we expanded it to fit many more people. This year, we’re expanding it again, and adding two additional outdoor classes as well.”

This year another bootcamp has been added for the 40-and-over population. The new session is called Boomer Bootcamp, and will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 7 a.m.

“This group will be focused on cardio and weight workouts that will challenge and increase balance, endurance and strength,” Luskin said. “It’s really important for the 40-and-over population to live an active lifestyle, and this class will help them develop a good foundation.”

The usual Adventure Bootcamp runs Monday through Thursday, during two morning sessions, 6:30 to 7:15 and 7:30 to 8:15. These outdoor group sessions travel throughout the Houghton-Hancock area with mostly outdoor workouts. Bootcamp is $200 for the summer, and runs from June 10 to August 8.

Also going outdoors this summer are zumba and yoga classes. These will be at the East Houghton Waterfront Park, which shares a parking lot with Super 8 on the Portage Lake Shipping Canal.

“What better place to exercise than right on the shore of the canal,” Luskin said.

Zumba is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday. Yoga classes will be 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, and 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. on Monday.

Other classes for the summer session include indoor cycling, cycle fusion, core cycle, TRX/kettlebell fusion, core crunch, strength and tone, and Pilates plus. The summer session begins on June 3. Classes are $6 per session, or $72 for a 16-class punch card. Discounted prices are available for Fitness Center members and Portage Health employees. A full schedule is available at

Book signing by diabetes expert Friday at Portage Health

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Registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator turned author Carol Grafford will be participating in a book signing from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, May 10, at Portage Health’s main location in Hancock.

My Sweet Life BookGrafford spent more than a decade at Portage Health, and now works as an independent diabetes consultant. Her work with diabetes is what eared her a spot in the book, “My Sweet Life: Successful Women with Diabetes” by Beverly S. Adler. Grafford is one of 23 contributing authors to the book, which will be available for purchase at Portage Health that day.

The Portage Hospital Auxiliary is hosting the book signing. The auxiliary is also hosting a bake sale, which will begin at 9 a.m. in the lobby.


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