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Fourth annual Portage Health Men's Health Tune-Up slated for Jan. 12

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HANCOCK – The Portage Health Men’s Health Tune-Up is right around the corner, and men all over the Copper Country should be marking their calendars for Saturday, Jan. 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hancock High School.

Mens Health“This event will be up-tempo, fun and informational,” said Angela Luskin, the event’s coordinator. “A lot of these topics aren’t something men usually talk about. This event allows men an opportunity to talk about their health in a relaxing, non-intimidating environment.”

There are nearly a dozen presentations and breakout sessions, including a healthy cooking demonstration, fitness tips for the normal guy, yoga for men, and presentations from Portage Health physicians Dr. Stacey Carpenter, Dr. Christian Dinsmore and Dr. Jonathan Brueggeman.

The fourth annual Men’s Health Tune-Up is just $25. Included is more than $200 in health screenings (cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, blood glucose, bone density, blood pressure and skin cancer checks), breakfast, and a wild-game lunch served featuring elk, boar and Alaskan salmon. Because the event maxed out in participants the first two years, it will be held at Hancock High School this year.

“Men from all over the four-county area have made this an annual event,” said Luskin. “The additional space available at the high school should allow a lot more men to learn about their health.”

The first 125 men to register will receive a gift. Visit or call 906-483-1153 to register or learn more.

Hockey for Health raises $5,000 for youth hockey foundations

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HANCOCK – The Keweenaw Health Foundation and Portage Health Foundation presented a $5,000 check to the Keweenaw Community Foundation on Tuesday, Dec. 18, for the Copper Country Junior Hockey Association and Calumet Hockey Association after the inaugural Hockey for Health.

Hockey for Health Check Presentation 2012

Matt Vertin, executive director of the Keweenaw Health Foundation, left, and Kevin Store, executive director of the Portage Health Foundation, present a $5,000 check to Barb Rose from the Hockey for Health event. Rose is the executive director of the Keweenaw Community Foundation, which overseas the Copper Country Junior Hockey Foundation and C-L-K Youth Hockey Foundation. The two youth hockey foundations are splitting the $5,000, which was raised at Hockey for Health.

“The community support we received for this event was unprecedented,” said Matt Vertin, executive director of the Keweenaw Health Foundation.

It’s estimated that about 800 people attended the event, which featured an open skate, community expo and for-fun hockey game featuring employees from Portage Health and Aspirus Keweenaw.

“This was a great collaborative effort,” said Kevin Store, executive director of the Portage Health Foundation. “We had a lot of encouraging feedback and people were really pleased to see our organizations working together for this cause.”

The $5,000 donation will be split evenly between the CHA’s C-L-K Youth Hockey Fund and the Copper Country Youth Hockey Fund, specially allocated for use by the CCJHA.

“The event was extremely successful,” said Vertin. “We couldn’t be happier to make such a large contribution to these organizations.”

The event was on Nov. 10 at Michigan Technological University’s Student Development Complex. More information on the event can be found at


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