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.



Yoga Certification at GRCC

The Exercise Science department hosted another professional certification March 15and 16. Two adjunct faculty, five GRCC students, and 11 community members were able to participate in the YogaFit Level I training. The training provided education on teaching safe and effective yoga classes as well as how to create inclusive environments for participants of all ability levels.IMG_1484

GRCC In the News, 2-28-14

GRCC wellness professor receives state recognition for service learning

Feb. 27, 2014; News International

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A state coalition has recognized a Grand Rapids Community College wellness professor for her contributions to service learning.

Here’s what’s sold out for LaughFest 2014 opening one week from today

Feb. 27, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — If you’re a last-minute ticket buyer coming to LaughFest, don’t get your hopes up on seeing Jim Gaffigan or Free Beer & Hot Wings.

… Gaffigan’s return to LaughFest on Friday, March 7 has sold out the event’s biggest venue, Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Field House, seating 3,300.

Saginaw Sting prep for championship rematch with Erie Explosion, aim for big game from Omari Humes

Feb. 27, 2014; MLive

SAGINAW, MI — The Saginaw Sting are angry. They’re amped up, and they’re ready.

… Humes starred for the Lumberjacks in high school, helping lead them to the playoffs against Midland High in 2007, before moving on to college where he won a National Championship with Grand Rapids Community College. However, a bout of yearning for familiarity brought Humes back to Saginaw after a year.

GRCC In the News, 2-21-14

Local college, university to offer exercise science program

Feb. 21, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University recently signed an agreement to help students transfer to GVSU’s clinical exercise science program. Students can complete the first two years of the exercise science program at GRCC, finish at GVSU and earn a bachelor’s degree. GRCC courses offer instruction in exercise, nutrition, weight control and stress management. Students will also learn how to improve workplace safety and wellness practices. For more information:;

Center of African American Art: Black history is everyone’s history

Feb. 21, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Holland’s Center of African American Art & History is a bit misunderstood.

… The largest gallery currently hosts (through March) “Haiku Middle Passage,” a text-and-art installation by Grand Rapids Community College English Professor Mursulata Muhammad. She sent haikus to various artists asking for visual responses, and the topics range from the U.S. slavery experience to modern-day human trafficking.

College notes: Joel Rietsema goes from MIAA’s top 800 runner to one of the guys at GVSU track

Feb. 20, 2014; MLive


… Sara Karamol, Grand Rapids Community College: She scored 15 points in a 68-51 win over Ancilla College on Feb. 15. Karamol (Rockford), a 5-foot-9 freshman forward, averages 8.9 points and 8.0 rebounds for the Raiders (7-13, 6-6 MCCAA). In that win, teammate Danielle Harrison (GR Forest Hills Northern) had 12 points and 13 rebounds.


… Mike Cupples, Grand Rapids Community College: GRCC, coached by Cupples, is ranked 17th in the NJCAA Division II preseason poll. The Raiders, who won the NJCAA Region XII Tournament and qualified for the National Tournament last year, finished the season with a 28-28 record.

GRCC In the News, 2-20-14

How GRCC students perform after transferring to four-year schools

Feb. 29, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Here’s one trend Grand Rapids Community College is proud of: Its students are continuing to perform better at the four-year universities they transfer to.

GVSU, GRCC partner on exercise science program

Feb. 29, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University have partnered to make it easier for students to transfer between the two institutions and earn a bachelor’s degree in clinical exercise science.

Some college students could get part of possible $15 million Higher One settlement

Feb. 20, 2014; MLive

LANSING — College students at a number of institutions across Michigan are potentially in line to benefit from a settlement in a multi-state class action lawsuit against a Connecticut financial services company.

… In Michigan, the company has partnered with Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, Baker College, Lansing Community College, Macomb Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, Aquinas College, Davenport University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Muskegon Community College, Spring Arbor University, St. Clair County Community College, North Central Michigan College and Madonna University.

‘American Idol’ Season 13: The Top 10 men are revealed

Feb. 19, 2014; MLive


… And it was a deep cut that included Grand Rapids native Maurice Townsend leaving the show on Wednesday, Feb. 19. He was one of five men who didn’t get their chance to perform, and after taking time from their families, traveling, rehearsing, and anxiously waiting, did it for the chance to basically have a backstage pass to someone else’s show.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Maurice Townsend is a former GRCC student.)

GRCC hosts fitness certification workshops

Take advantage of these two professional certifications being hosted right here at GRCC! Contact Jodi Gee with any questions (



President Ender joins spin class

Tuesday, February 11th, President Ender found an open bike in WE 120 (Spinning Class) to see what this new course is all about. The boisterous and supportive group received him with open arms, and together, the group worked up quite a sweat! Fifty minutes of fast paced cardio saw members of the group bike for upwards of 13 miles! The class cheered Dr. Ender on as they blasted through hill after hill as well as countless calories shed during the interval training session. Dr. Ender and the students alike seemed to have an awesome time! Dr. Ender was enthused about the class and hopes to be able to join the class again in the future.

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