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Chef Mark to present Saturday at Celebrate the U.P.

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“Chef Mark” Pittillo, nutrition services director at Portage Health, is one of more than a dozen expert speakers presenting this weekend at the annual Celebrate the U.P. event. The event begins Friday night, and continues Saturday with breakout sessions throughout the day, all taking place at the Jutila Center in Hancock.

Pittillo150px“This is an honor for me,” Pittillo said. “I’ll be talking about something I’m very passionate about – farm to school, hospital and restaurant.”

The presentation will be at 2:15 p.m. Saturday in room 722 of the Jutila Center. Pittillo will be talking about his experience bringing fresh produce to Portage Health, and local schools.

“One of the things I’m most excited to share is details on our new agreement with Adams Township Schools for next school year,” he said. “The agreement will provide a completely locally grown menu every Wednesday at the school district.”

That includes meat, produce, fish and more that was grown in the Keweenaw, delivered to the school and prepared by the staff at the district.

Learn more about the conference, including seeing a full list of activities by going to You can also RSVP to the event on Facebook.

A Day For Women 2014 to be hosted April 12

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This year’s event to focus on stress management


Portage Health is proud to announce it will once again be hosting “A Day For Women.” This year’s event is Saturday, April 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hancock High School. Registration, and a complete schedule of speakers is available at

Day For Women 2014“We hear from people over and over again how much they look forward to this event each year,” said Angela Luskin, community health coordinator. “This year we’re really excited to be taking our usual program, and adding a theme to it. Every speaker and breakout session host is relating their topic to stress, and specifically how to improve stress management.”

This year’s keynote speaker is Mercedes Turino, a holistic health coach who will discuss accessing the power of intuition. Turino will be featured in the morning after registration is concluded, a healthy breakfast is served and a full suite of health screenings is administered.

“We’re excited to have Mercedes joining us from Marquette to jump start A Day For Women,” Luskin said. “Following her presentation we’ll have a wide variety of breakout sessions focused on helping women of the Copper Country improve their stress management abilities.”

The full schedule, registration and more can be found at Those with questions are invited to call (906) 483-1153.

Picky Eaters is the topic of March 27 rehab lecture

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Back by popular demand, Portage Health Rehab will be hosting a lecture titled “How to Feed a Picky Eater” during its March 27 Rehab Lecture Series event. The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m., and will be at Portage Health Rehab inside of Portage Health University Center on Michigan Tech’s Campus.

Picky Eater Rehab Lecture“This lecture is perfect for parents who are having trouble getting their children to eat a variety of foods,” said Elizabeth Martin, MA, CCC-SLP. “Along with offering solutions for parents with picky eaters in their family, we will also discuss typical feeding and swallowing development.”

Monica Aho, PT, PCS, will join Martin at the presentation. The two specialize in pediatric rehab.

“There’s a wide range of solutions,” Aho said. “Some kids only eat one kind of food over and over, some are frightened to try anything different and some have physical impairments that make certain foods more difficult. We’ll discuss solutions for all of these problems and more.”

After the presentation, there will be opportunities for free consultations with Martin and Aho regarding your specific situation.

Learn more about the Portage Health Rehab Lecture Series at, and RSVP to this event on Facebook to receive a free gift at the event.

Portage Health Fitness Center welcomes new personal trainer

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The Portage Health Fitness Center has added Personal Trainer Lee Naugle to its staff. Naugle is a Finlandia University graduate, and is now accepting new clients.

Naugle, Lee image“I am excited to jumpstart my training career here at Portage Health,” Naugle said. “I have a passion for fitness and exercise, and I’m exciting to be working somewhere where my coworkers share the same passion.”

Naugle is a Certified Personal Trainer (International Sports Sciences Association), Certified Group Fitness Instructor (American Council on Exercise) and has a Physical Therapy Assistant associates degree from Finlandia, where he was a two-sport athlete. He currently serves as an assistant coach for the Lions baseball program.

“My goal is to motivate my clients to achieve their new healthy lifestyle, or continue to pursue their fitness goals with my background in exercise and fitness,” Naugle said. “I will help my clients learn a passion for fitness, and help them have fun doing it.”

Naugle has completed numerous half marathons, a marathon and a Tough Mudder competition.

Learn more about Naugle, and the rest of the Portage Health Fitness Center staff by visiting Make an appointment with a personal trainer by calling (906) 483-1149.

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center opens health center in Calumet

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Below is an announcement by Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center. Learn more at

The Calumet Family Health Center is now open in the Mine Street Station in Calumet with primary care providers Dr. Sharon Stoll and Guy Pellegrini, PA.

UGLFHC Logo“Our goal is to expand access to primary care services in Houghton County to help underserved populations,” said Don Simila, Chief Executive Officer of Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center. “This health center will help us do that by reaching out to more people within our community. We’re proud to have two talented and passionate providers ready to see patients immediately.”

Both providers are now accepting new patients.

The Calumet Family Health Center is a full-service clinic that will see all patients, regardless of ability to pay. The health center is being operated in partnership with Portage Health, which is leasing staff to UGLFHC.

Visit to learn more about Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center’s focus on affordable healthcare. To make an appointment with Dr. Stoll or Pellegrini, call (906) 483-1177.

Dr. Sharon Stoll joins Calumet Family Health Center

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Below is an announcement by Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center. Learn more at

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center is proud to welcome Sharon Stoll, MD, to its staff. Dr. Stoll will provide a full spectrum of primary care healthcare services, and is currently accepting new patients.

Stoll Sharon image“I am excited to get back to offering primary care services in the Keweenaw,” said Dr. Stoll, who was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula.

Dr. Stoll earned her doctorate at Michigan State University, and is fellowship trained in anti-aging and regenerative medicine.

She will be seeing patients at the Calumet Family Health Center, which is operated by Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center in partnership with Portage Health. Dr. Stoll will focus on providing high quality, confidential and holistic healthcare to residents of the Copper Country.

“I enjoy working with patients to find the balance of conventional and holistic medicine that suits their personal preferences and needs,” she said. “On and off the clock, I am passionate and eager to share the health benefits of good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.”

To make an appointment with Dr. Stoll, call (906) 483-1177.


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