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Metro Health Offers Health and Wellness Day and Metro Way 5k/10k Family Fun Runs

Once again, Metro Health is offering a Health and Wellness Day at its Farm Market and evening 5k/10k Family Fun Runs to encourage healthy lifestyles.

The events will take place on Thursday, July 28, in Metro Health Village, 5900 Byron Center Ave. SW. Health and Wellness Day will coincide with regular Farm Market hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Race activities will begin with kids’ races at 6 p.m. and adult 5k/10k races at 6:30 p.m.

Health and Wellness Day will combine free blood pressure and body mass index screenings, experts who can provide information on stroke awareness, diabetes education and smoking cessation, as well as mammograms which will be free to women who pre-qualify. To schedule a mammogram appointment or discuss financial assistance, call 616-252-4461 and mention the Metro Health Farm Market.

The Chef Cook Off is an annual event featuring celebrity chefs and judges. Chefs are challenged to prepare a dish or meal that showcases produce from the farm market. They will begin cooking at 11 a.m. with judging at noon and a winner announced and samples for attendees at 12:30 p.m.

This year’s celebrity chefs include:

  • Chef Oliver Hale, also known as Chef O, a local and national award-winning healthy-lifestyle chef
  • Chef Zach Zost, executive chef of the Metro Health Café located inside Metro Health Hospital

This year’s celebrity judges include:

  • Valerie Lego, WZZM 13 health reporter
  • Mayor Jack Poll of the City of Wyoming
  • Tino Mendez, a Metro Health employee
  • And one other surprise judge

The 5k/10k races, family fun walk/runs and kids’ races will take place in the evening. Community members are invited to participate in this annual event either to challenge themselves for their best time, race for an award or simply walk or run the course for fun. Kids’ races before the adult events encourage them to participate in healthy activities.

Shelley Irwin, WGVU Morning Show host, will return as the race celebrity emcee.

Free kids races are for children ages 3-14. All kids get an award for finishing. Awards for the 5k and 10k races will include Overall Male/Female and 3 Deep Male/Female by Age Group. Adult race registration is $30/person until race day and is $35/person on race day. Groups of four or more can register together for only $20/person. To register for the kids or adult races and more details, go to

Metro Way 5K 2016 Runners

Metro Health first hosted a farmers market in 2006 when the hospital was still located in the city of Grand Rapids. The market began as a biweekly initiative to encourage employees to live healthier lifestyles. Since then, it has grown into a community-wide event that attracts hundreds of visitors each week.


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