How is your heart?

If you experience chest discomfort, shortness of breath, discomfort in other areas of your upper body, a cold sweat, nausea, or become light-headed you could be having a heart attack. Call 911!

Stroke Warning Signs: Is one side of your face drooping? Is one arm weak or numb? Is your speech slurred and/or is it
difficult to speak? Call 911!

If you see someone unresponsive, unconscious, not breathing and with no pulse they could be having a cardiac arrest. Call 911 and start CPR.
How to Prevent Heart Disease
1. Do not smoke or use tobacco
2. Exercise 30 minutes each day following American College of Sports Medicine Physical Activity Guidelines
3. Eat a heart healthy diet
4. Maintain a healthy weight
5. Get enough quality sleep
6. Know your health numbers (blood pressure screening, cholesterol screening, diabetes screening, body composition, body
mass index, waist circumference)
7. Control Stress and be “well” in all the wellness dimensions (social, spiritual, intellectual, occupational, physical, emotional)
What is Your Risk: Take a Quiz from American Heart Association

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-About one in three American kids is overweight and/or obese according to the American Heart Association. Many of those children
struggle with high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels. In addition, excess weight at a young age
has been linked to earlier death rates in adulthood.
-One in three women die of heart disease or stroke, according to the American Heart Association. Education and lifestyle changes,
however, can prevent 80 percent of cardiac events.
-About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
-Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were
in men.
-Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing nearly 380,000 people annually.
-Every year about 720,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 515,000 are a first heart attack and 205,000 happen in people
who have already had a heart attack.
-Coronary artery disease (heart disease) alone costs the United States $108.9 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health
care services, medications, and lost productivity. (Centers of Disease Control)

Heart Health is a team effort to support a healthy community, consisting of the GRCC exercise science department, nursing department, exercise science club, staff development, older learner center, athletic department, biological sciences department, and the exercise is medicine team.



GRCC’s roots

Did you know that GRJC, the first junior college in Michigan, was located for 11 years on the third floor of Grand Rapids Central High School? Did you know that the first GRJC president–and for several years the second—served as both head of the college and principal of Central? Did you know that GRJC admission standards, class offerings, and even examinations were near-duplications of the University of Michigan’s? The University, by giving its blessing to the new junior college, provided the motivation for its 1914 opening. GRJC would become a main feeder school for the University and adopt U of M colors.

Open Door, a 192-page history of GRJC/GRCC written by retired English professor Walter Lockwood, is a treasure chest of information on the college and its people, enriched by several hundred historical photos, an extensive timeline, and multiple appendices. It can be purchased at Schuler Books, the GRCC Library, or online.141208_0377

Persuasive Communication workshop offered through staff development

Persuasive Communication

February 18

10 a.m. to noon in room 103 Sneden Hall

Facilitator Zoe Carmichael discusses scientifically-supported methods of getting others to say “yes” and demonstrates practical approaches for being more influential. Small changes in how you deliver your message can have a dramatic effect and may be the difference between “yes” and “no”.

This workshop is open to all faculty and staff. Please register online at or call Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Student employees, staff and faculty are mandatory reporters.

By law mandatory reporters must report allegations of sexual misconduct or other violations of the sexual misconduct policy  to  Deborah Sanders the Title IX Coordinator , Title IX Deputy Coordinators Sara Dorer or Cathy Wilson, or Campus Police  as soon as possible and normally within three workdays.
Students and employees should note that licensed personal counselors in the Counseling and Career Center are considered “confidential employees” and are not mandatory reporters.