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August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

GENESEE COUNTY — August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and the Genesee County Breastfeeding Coalition (GCBC), together with local La Leche League (LLL) groups are hosting special events to promote community breastfeeding information, acceptance and support. “Talk to Me!” is this year’s world-wide message during Breastfeeding Awareness Month because communication is essential to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. On Aug. 4, the GCBC will host a family friendly health fair at the Flint Farmer’s Market. The health fair features games, prizes, and also includes important maternal-infant health information. Meet one-on-one with Genesee County Breastfeeding Peer Counselors; where you can also sign up for infant feeding or breastfeeding support groups. The health fair hours at the Flint Farmer’s Market are 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

On Aug. 6, LLL is holding a discounted family miniature golf event at Uncle Ray’s Dairyland, 1462. N. Leroy St., Fenton, to raise awareness about the importance of breastfeeding. The event coincides with The Big Latch on at 10:30 a.m. where women across Michigan and the U.S. will attempt to break the record for the most women breastfeeding simultaneously. All proceeds from the miniature golf event will go to LLL Fenton and Grand Blanc to help support local women in their choice to breastfeed.

Details: 248-660-5334 or, — G.G. STS Foundation seeking host families

GENESEE COUNTY — The STS Foundation is trying to find host families for incoming students and supervise their stay in the USA. A spokesperson for the organization said hosting may create a relationship that will last for a lifetime.

By hosting, families have the opportunity to learn about another culture in their own homes. The host family’s responsibilities are two meals a day, a separate bed to sleep in and a quiet place to study.

The students come into your family as a family member, not a guest. STS students have their own spending money, medical insurance and are responsible for their own personal expenses. Single parents, empty nesters, families with children of all ages and couples without children are all qualified to be host families.

The student attends your local school and is required to maintain at least a C average in every class. They have been screened before being accepted into the program.

Details: Call 810-736-8891 or e-mail— G.G. Kidney cancer group

FLINT — The next meeting of the Kidney Cancer Educational Support Group will take place Sept. 13, from 1:30- 3:30 p.m. at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute, 302 Kensington Ave, Flint. (off Robt. T. Longway Blvd.-Between I-475 & Dort Hwy). Speaker: Simona Seiderman LMSW,DCSW,BCD, social worker. Topic: “The Emotional Rollercoaster of RCC for the Patient and Family.” Meeting is open to the public. Details: Call Prof. Frank Friedman 810-232-8233 or Lori Burger at GHCI 810-762-8226.— G.G.

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