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Metro Health to Host Health and Wellness Day, Metro Way 5K and Family Fun Run

Runners, walkers and health-conscious individuals of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in Metro Health Hospital’s Health and Wellness Day and the Metro Way 5K and Family Fun Run on Thursday, July 30.

Now in its fifth year, Health and Wellness Day events will take place on Main Street in Metro Health Village, 5900 Byron Center Ave. in Wyoming. From 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. during the Farm Market, attendees can take their pick from a variety of free events and activities including:

  • Blood pressure screenings
  • Body composition screenings
  • Stroke risk assessments
  • Heart health education
  • Kids activities and more
  • Blood donation at the Michigan Blood Bus from noon to 2 p.m.

Additionally, the Metro Health Mammobus will be on site to offer mammogram services. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 616.252.4461. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

Local chefs will again be challenged in the annual Chef Cook-Off contest that includes audience taste-testing. From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., four local celebrity chefs will each create a delicious and healthy dish featuring fresh produce from the Metro Health Farm Market. Metro Health’s Fresh Start Cooking Chef Amy Sherman will host the cook-off.

Celebrity chefs include:

  • Ryan Reynolds, Metro Health executive chef
  • Terri Rees, personal chef
  • Ryan McClure, Derby Station chef
  • Chester Hardy and Nik Hancotte, San Chez Bistro chefs

Valerie Lego, WZZM 13 Healthy You reporter, Sam Bolt, mayor pro-tem of Wyoming, and Emil Hannesson, Metro Health Farm Market manager, will judge this year’s competition.
The Metro Way 5K begins at 6:30 p.m. Packet pick-up will be available from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. before the race at Metro Health Village. Walkers and runners can register online through July 29 or in person on the day of the race. The fee is $30 for adults. Groups of four or more are eligible for a 20 percent discount.

The Metro Way 5K will also feature free kids races beginning at 6 p.m. Kids races include a 50-yard dash for ages 3-5, a 100-yard dash for ages 6-9 and a quarter-mile run for ages 10-14.

Complete details about the event, including online registration for runners and volunteers, tips for new runners and more can be found at https://www.metrohealth.net/5k.

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