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Online course to facilitate improved outcomes of opioid overdoses

LANSING — In a direct response to the ongoing national opioid crisis, the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, will provide two courses to educate both lay responders and all levels of clinical healthcare providers and emergency responders on delivering immediate treatment and care for opioid overdose victims.

The online courses, Opioid Education for Healthcare Providers – available today – and Opioid Education for Non-Clinical Staff and Lay Responders – available on Friday – will quickly and effectively teach the public and healthcare professionals about the opioid epidemic and what they can do to help someone who has had an overdose.

In February, the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable, a leadership collaborative of 40-plus members who collectively represent more than 10 million employees and their family members to tackle the biggest workforce health challenges, pledged to tackle the opioid epidemic with a statement calling on workplaces to partner with health care plans, Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) providers to create new policies and solutions, including defining what appropriate use looks like. The development of the opioid education courses echoes the commitment by the Association and the CEO Roundtable. – G.G.

Commit to Fit! 2019 New Year, New You Challenge

GENESEE COUNTY — To promote health and wellness in Genesee County, the Greater Flint Health Coalition’s Commit to Fit! program is holding a New Year, New You Healthy Habits Challenge.

This is a free, eight-week individual challenge that encourages individuals to practice daily activities to be more active, eat healthier, and promote wellness to others. The community-wide wellness challenge begins January 1st and will run through Feb. 28.

The New Year, New You Challenge encourages individuals to engage with friends and family to be more active, eat well, and promote health to others to accumulate Commit to Fit! Wellness Points. Participants will track and earn Commit to Fit! Wellness Points for a variety of activities including physical activity, nutrition, hydration, weight loss, and more. In turn, individuals are recognized and rewarded for achieving 3,000 Wellness Points over the 8-week challenge period.

All registration and activity tracking is done online via Commit to Fit!’s website,, an interactive wellness website made available to all Genesee County residents as a free resource to track and improve health behaviors while also providing health tips, tools, and additional resources.

Individuals who reach the New Year, New You Challenge goal will be entered in a raffle drawings for gift cards and wearable fitness devices.

How to register for the New Year, New You Challenge:

Anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Genesee County can join the challenge for free by visiting and creating an account.

Already have an account? Log in and start tracking your physical activity, nutrition, and mindfulness to start earning points. — G.G.

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