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Start the New Year off right with Healthy Kick-off Event
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Start the New Year off right with Healthy Kick-off Event
St. Joe’s teams with IHA, the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce and others to host family-friendly health event

BRIGHTON, Mich. – (Dec. 23, 2013) –Saint Joseph Mercy Health System is pleased to partner with IHA, the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce, The Livingston Daily Press & Argus, WHMI 93.5 and Southeastern Livingston County Recreation Authority for the area’s first Healthy New Year Kick-Off on Saturday, January 11, 2014 from noon to 3 p.m.

Join health reporter Lila Lazarus for this interactive, family-friendly event being held at St. Joseph Mercy Brighton, located at 7575 Grand River Road in Brighton, Mich. All activities are free.

"As the largest health care provider in Brighton, we're committed to helping the community kick off their new year and winter activities in a fun and healthy environment," said Kathy Kasperek-Korelis, executive director of ambulatory services at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.

St. Joseph Mercy Brighton is offering a number of free health screenings including blood pressure testing, skin cancer, body mass index and more. IHA pediatricians and family medicine physicians will provide mini-fitness checks. Information and activities from ShapeDown®, a weight management program, will be provided and Livingston’s own radio station, WHMI 93.5, will be broadcasting live during the event

The recently renovated Mt. Brighton will offer visitors a chance to experience a virtual skiing/snowboarding activity, and local yoga instructor Lee Ann Louis-Prescott of the Yoga Center for Healthy Living will provide two free one-hour, family-focused yoga sessions.

St. Joe’s Farmer Dan will be on site handing out seedlings and information about The Farm at St. Joe’s housed at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor.

Refreshments will be provided, and participants can register to win prizes.

For more information, call 734-712-7207 or visit

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About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving six counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital. Combined, the six hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have six outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 3,200 physicians.

SJMHS is a member of CHE Trinity Health, one of the largest Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 21 states from coast to coast with 84 hospitals, 95 continuing care facilities and home health and hospice programs that provide nearly 2.4 million visits annually. The organization was formed by the May 2013 consolidation of Trinity Health and Catholic Healthcare East.

For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit

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