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Childhood obesity is focus of 2012 Foundation Ball & Auction

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HANCOCK – The health issues caused by obesity run deep, and with 17 percent of the nation’s children and adolescents (ages 2-19) obese it’s obviously an issue that needs addressing.

Portage Health Foundation Ball and AuctionThe Center for Disease Control said the rate of childhood obesity tripled from 1980 to 2009. Another recent study showed nine of Michigan’s U.P. counties have an obesity rate higher than 30 percent. To help offset this problem in our area, the Portage Health Foundation is focusing on childhood obesity during the upcoming year.

“In 2009, Michigan was home to the 10th highest percentage of obesity in the United States,” said Kevin Store, executive director of the Portage Health Foundation. “This is becoming an epidemic, but it’s something that we can work on together.”

All proceeds from this year’s Portage Health Foundation Annual Spring Ball & Auction will go back to the community with a focus on curbing the trend of childhood obesity in our area.

“If we can lower our percentage locally, it could pay huge dividends down the road as our children will live longer and healthier lives,” said Store.

The Portage Health Foundation, a charitable, nonprofit organization, was established in 1990 to support Portage Health’s mission and enhance quality healthcare for all who are served by Portage Health.

The foundation ball and acution is the foundation’s largest fundraising event, and is scheduled for May 19. Registration is currently open, call (906) 483-1507 or visit for more information.

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Free skin cancer screenings available on May 12

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HANCOCK – Physicians from the Marquette General Cancer Center will be in Hancock on May 12 offering free skin cancer screenings at Portage Health.

The skin screenings are offered free and are co-sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology. These free screenings are very popular, and require an appointment.

“Each year Marquette General has partnered with Portage Health to offer this clinic, it has been full,” said Angela Luskin, community health coordinator at Portage Health. “If you have something that you want looked at, I'd suggest calling early to make sure you reserve a spot."

Dr. Milton Soderberg and Dr. Jennifer Baldwin, board certified dermatologists will do brief examinations of unusual moles or lesions for signs of cancer from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Portage Health’s main campus in Hanccok on May 12.

There will also be free clinics in Marquette (May 5, call (906) 225-3500 to make an appointment) and Escanaba (May 19, call (906) 786-2172 to make an appointment).

To make an appointment for May 12 in Hancock call (906) 483-1153, or e-mail


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