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HAP hosting free Health Fair at Flint Farmers’ Market

FLINT – Health Alliance Plan (HAP) is working to keep Flint area residents well with the Fit for Fall Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Flint Farmers’ Market in downtown Flint. It will offer residents free flu shots, health insurance advice, health screenings and prizes. Representatives of the Genesee County Health Department will be on site to give flu shots and check children’s immunization records. HAP Chef Kristi Zebrowski will demonstrate how to prepare nutritious recipes. Free samples of each dish will be available. HAP representatives will discuss health insurance basics and how insurance benefits can be maximized to meet personal health goals. Representatives of the Hamilton Community Health Network will help people get signed up onsite for Medicaid or Medicare insurance. Other participating organizations include the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint, the Office of the Attorney General, Genesee Intermediate School District, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, Hurley Medical Center, the CRIM Fitness Foundation, the American Heart Association, North Flint Baptist Church, Total Life Prosperity, Fresh Start Community Development Corporation and Worldwide Toxicology. Visit for more information. –R.S.

Two Flint nonprofits awarded community grants from UnitedHealthcare

DETROIT – The Crim Fitness Foundation and the Flint chapter of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan have received two of five grants totaling $120,000, awarded by UnitedHealthcare, aimed at increasing regular physical activity among Michigan children and families. The grants ranging from $18,000 to $27,000 will support programs that increase physical activity among Michigan children and families.

The Crim Fitness Foundation, ( will receive, $27,000 to offer a weekly walk-to-school program for students, and group bike rides and community-garden activities for adults.

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, Flint Chapter ( will receive, $21,000 in partnership with Hamilton Community Health Network (HCHN), to offer a physical fitness program to Flint-area adults.

UnitedHealthcare established the grant program in July following two community brainstorming sessions with health and wellness stakeholders. Many Michigan residents do not achieve recommended levels of regular physical activity vital to maintaining health and wellness. According to United Health Foundation’s America’s Health RankingsĀ®, more than 25 percent of Michigan adults are considered physically inactive, meaning they report doing no physical activity or exercise such as running or walking other than their regular job in the last 30 days. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at or follow @UHC on Twitter. –R.S.

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