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Portage Health Fitness Center announces spring classes

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It’s time to start thinking spring! At least that’s the idea at the Portage Health Fitness Center, which is set to begin its spring group fitness classes on March 3.

Spring Sessions of Fitness ClassesThe full list of available classes is available at You can also download the flyer here (PDF).

“We’ve kept many of our popular classes, and added TRX Blast, Core Yoga and a new Core Crunch sessions,” said Angela Luskin, community health coordinator. “This set of classes has something for everyone, including the continuation of our new Water Works class, which began midway through our winter schedule.”

The spring schedule also includes the continuation of Exercise Made Simple, a great class for those looking to get started in exercising.

The spring schedule will run through May 31, and once again includes the ability to book classes online. Learn more about online booking here.

Sessions are $6 each, or $4 for fitness center members. Sixteen-session punch cards are also available. As always, the first class is always free.

Scholarship available for local students studying healthcare

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The Portage Hospital Auxiliary is once again accepting applications for $1,000 scholarships. The scholarships are awarded annually to students from Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw or Ontonagon county studying healthcare.

Scholarship“This is an investment in future healthcare in our region,” said Barb Worrall, president of the auxiliary. “Each year we see return on this investment as these students often come back to the Copper Country as highly trained professionals in their given field.”

Interested students must have completed one year of higher education before the fall of 2014, be pursing a career in healthcare, be a registered resident of Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw or Ontonagon County, and have a GPA of at least 3.0.

Upon meeting these requirements, students must submit an application, transcript of grades and a letter stating their career interest.

This year the auxiliary will award six scholarships, including three made possible by matching funding by Portage Health. The scholarship is funded by money raised during the auxiliary’s annual Lights of Love event in early December.

To learn more about the scholarship, and download an application, visit

Portage Health employees donate more than $50k through Jeans Day

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The Portage Health Blue Jean Friday Fund has yielded more than $50,000 in donations since its inception in 2006, including more than $6,400 in 2013.

Portage Health Logo Vertical“Our employees are deeply invested in improving our community,” Marketing Director Victor Harrington said. “The Blue Jean Friday Donations are completely voluntary, and we see great participation from our employees.”

Employees are asked to donate $2 in order to wear blue jeans each Friday. The funds are collected, and donated to a local non-profit organization each quarter.

In 2013, donations ranged from $1,331.85 to $1,794.35. Beneficiaries included Copper Country Relay for Life, Copper Country United Way, Portage Health Foundation and Western U.P. Healthcare Access Coalition.

Since the Blue Jean Friday was implemented, Portage Health employees have donated more than $10,000 each to the United Way, Relay for Life and Portage Health Foundation.

Tear Drop Study: A research project on infant nutrition

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Volunteers are needed for an ongoing infant nutrition study. The study is being done in partnership with Portage Health Pediatrics, Michigan Technological University and the Gerber Foundation.

“This research could change infant care and ensure the wellbeing of the youngest members of our society,” Adrienne R. Minerick, Ph.D., Michigan Tech. 

Learn more about the study, including watching an introduction video, by visiting

If you or someone you know has an infant, and would be willing to participate in the study, contact your Portage Health Pediatrician at (906) 483-1700, or Minerick at (906) 487-2796 or

Portage Health Hospice hosting FREE volunteer training Feb. 20

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Hospice VolunteeringWould you like to become a hospice volunteer? Portage Health Hospice will be offering a Hospice Volunteer Training Class on Thursday, February 20, 2014 in the organization's conference room at 821 West Water Street in Hancock, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

RSVP to the event on Facebook!

For more information or to reserve a spot, call Marianne Berghefer at (906) 483-1160. Seating is limited.


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