Get involved with these great classes that are offered at Tamarac and throughout Newaygo County. For more information about programs and services available 231.924.3073.
Classes, Events and Wellness Programs
Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies
Join Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial the second Thursday of every month as we discuss ways to keep your mind and body healthy. Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies is free and open to the community. Registration is required for this virtual event. Call 231.924.3073 to register or for an upcoming schedule of topics.
Early Childhood Nutrition
Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial’s free Early Childhood Nutrition classes will prepare you for all the
changes that happen as your child grows so that you excel at childhood nutrition. This is a two-part series. Participants may attend both classes or choose which age group would be appropriate. Class 1: Pregnant moms, 0-6 months & Class 2: 6-24 months. You will get valuable information that can make feeding time more successful for you and your child. Our classes also include information on nutrition during pregnancy and help with breastfeeding. Join our classes, get useful tips and win a free gift! Registration is required. Please call 231.924.6776.
- Transitioning to solid foods
- Food safety
- Bottle weaning
- Avoiding picky eating pitfalls
- Nutrition during pregnancy
- Nutrition for nursing moms
- Important nutrients for your baby
- Breastfeeding and bottle feeding
Spectrum Health partners with Share our Strength to offer this programming. Share Our Strength is a national organization working to end childhood hunger by inspiring families to make healthy, affordable food choices. Their programs teach participants with limited food budgets how to shop for and cook healthy meals. Each series lasts 6 weeks with each class lasting 1.5-2 hours; commitment to each class is required. Call 231.924.3073 for more information.
Cooking Matters curricula includes:
- CM for Families
- CM for Parents
- CM for Teens
- CM for Kids
- CM for Adults
- CM for Childcare Professionals
Kidding Around Yoga (KAY)
Children live in a busy world. From the moment they’re born, kids are bombarded with ever-increasing pressures. Kidding Around Yoga will teach your child relaxation techniques they will carry with them throughout their lives.
Join Erica Jordan, community health program specialist, on a peaceful journey through specially composed music, games, stories and fun yoga poses. This class will get children of all ages and abilities motivated and moving.
For more information, call 231.924.3073.
Quit Tobacco & Nicotine Classes
Let us help you quit for good!
- Free classes in Fremont and Newaygo
- Free individual coaching to fit your needs
- Classes on-site and on-line
- Free on-line support group
- Free month pass to Tamarac
We will help you:
- Find the best nicotine replacement for you (patch, gum, lozenge, inhaler)
- Ask your primary care provider for prescriptions that can help you quit tobacco
Special programs for:
- Pregnant moms
- Families who want to quit together
Our Tobacco Treatment Specialists have the tools to help you quit!
Shelly Klochack, MSN, BSN, RN, TTS
Caitlin Mitchell-Schucker, CHES, TTS
Question, Persuade, Refer: Suicide Prevention Training
Free, 1 hour training on suicide prevention.
This training is for everyone. It does not set anyone up to be an expert on this subject, as we know there are mental health experts, but also know that these experts are not always available or always the people who someone might initially reach out to in a time of distress. Rather, the training is to help raise awareness on warning signs, risk factors, myths vs. facts, and better equip you on what conversion around this subject looks like, how to support, how to guide, and how to provide hope to someone who is hopeless.
Attendees are provided a booklet that includes everything covered during the training as well as a local resource guide for referral information.
To register or inquire about future community offerings please call (231) 924.3073.
LiveWell Newaygo County
LiveWell Newaygo County is a county-wide coalition hosted by Gerber Memorial’s community health team. The mission is to improve the health of the residents and environment in Newaygo County. Through a collective impact approach, the coalition works together under specific operating guidelines, in an effort to become the healthiest county in the state of Michigan.
Advanced Care Planning
As a capable adult, you have many rights when you receive health care. You have the right to be told about your medical choices and their benefits and risks. You also have the right to accept or refuse these choices. Whatever you decide, it is important to talk about your decisions with your physicians, other health professionals and those close to you. You may also put your plans for future medical care in writing, in case you become unable to make your own decisions.
Advance care planning is a process for you to:
- Understand possible future health choices
- Reflect on your choices in light of the values and goals important to you
- Discuss your choices with those close to you and the health care providers who care for you
- Make a plan for future health care situations