Meridian Township helps those in need

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 12 percent of Meridian Township residents are living below the poverty level. For those who are struggling, Meridian Township has many resources and programs for families in need. One is Meridian Cares. Darla Jackson is a human services specialist for the Meridian Cares program. Jackson helps families with finding shelter, covering utilities, rent to avoid eviction and even help with medications and furniture.

The cost of knowing: is it too much to get tested for STDs?

Many people are not a big fan of tests, especially tests that deal with letting you know if you have a sexually transmitted disease or not. Although it is imperative to your status, it can be pricey. At The Macomb County Medical Clinic in Metro Detroit prices can be around $150, per test. The the cost also depends on how many you getting, as well medical insurance provider. Cameron James recently got his second STD test for the year, which costed the 23-year-old $500 to get tested for all STDs.

Sexual violence on college campuses

The number of sex crimes reported on U.S. college campuses increased by 50 percent over the last decade, according to the latest Indicators of School Crime and Safety survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice. While sexual violence is difficult to measure, factors such as grade level, gender and rates of campus crime reporting can help determine the prevalence of sexual violence.

Lake fish, even with some mercury, good for your health

By ERIC FREEDMAN
Capital News Service
LANSING — Eating Great Lakes fish that contain mercury may threaten your health, but the nutritional benefits may outweigh the risks, according to a new study of lake trout and lake whitefish consumption by members of Native American tribes with high rates of obesity, diabetes and other diseases. “Great Lakes fish should be considered for their nutritional importance relative to contemporary options, even when adjusting for risks of mercury toxicity,” according to the researchers from the Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority’s Inter-Tribal Fisheries and Assessment Program in Sault Ste. Marie and the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. The findings come from the assessment program’s 25 years of studies of whitefish and lake trout from lakes Huron, Superior and Michigan. Authority members come from five Ottawa and Ojibwa tribes — known collectively as the Anishinaabe– in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Lower Peninsula and represent fisheries’ interests.

Bath’s parks benefit the community in more ways than one

By Holly Osmer
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

BATH — Access to public parks can have positive attributes to communities, no matter the size. According to an article published by The Trust for Public Land, some of these benefits include exposure to nature and greenery which makes people healthier and increased property value. “Research has shown that cities with good parks and recreation services have stronger economic growth so they can attract residents and businesses because they are seen as amenities,” said Director of the Global Urban Studies Program and Professor of Political Science Dr. Laura Reese at Michigan State University. According to Reese, parks can also positively contribute to public health and lowering crime in local communities. “Public events can bring in tourists that shop and eat in the community,” said Director of the Global Urban Studies Program and Professor, Political Science Dr. Laura Reese.

Woman in DeWitt Township arrested for alleged drugged driving

By Cydni Robinson
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

DEWITT — Driving under the influence doesn’t simply mean drunk driving. Prescription drugs can also impair a driver, something a 27-year-old woman allegedly learned the hard way earlier this month. The woman was arrested by DeWitt Township police for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs after an alleged hit-and-run with a mailbox on March 5, police officials said. Driving under the influence doesn’t only deal with illegal drugs and alcohol, it includes any mood or mind-altering substance, says Diana Julian, substance abuse/program manager and counselor at McAlister Institute. Julian says being aware that driving under the influence involves prescription drug abuse is very important.

New urgent care center in St. Johns gives community more options for health emergencies

By Nathaniel Bott
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

ST. JOHNS — The Ouch Urgent Care in Southpoint Mall has been operating now for just over two months after moving into the location previously occupied by a Save-A-Lot store. In February, the Clinton County Medical Center moved next door, allowing Ouch Urgent Care to start offering their full range of services. In addition, the Clinton County Medical Center, which moved just across the parking lot, hopes to add improvements and additional upgrades to their new building. The medical center was previously operating in the Southpoint Mall for 25 years, servicing somewhere around 200 patients per day.

Homeless couple in Clinton County loses child due to alleged lack of medical care

By Cydni Robinson
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

On Feb. 24, DeWitt Township Police and Mercy Ambulance were called to the Town and Country Motel, 16262 U.S. Route 27, at 4:52 a.m., said police officials. When Officer Kyle Kolka arrived to the scene he noticed a naked 45-year-old woman lying on her left side on top of a large amount of blood. Allegedly next to the woman was a male infant that was still attached to an umbilical cord and appeared listless, he said. Kolka attempted to clear the child’s airway and begin CPR.