Charis Kirk and Jackie Zimmerman—two young women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—met online after they started chronicling their fight with IBD. They have had 15 surgeries combined and fought through the highs and lows of recovery. Throughout their journeys, the duo supported each other and was inspired to encourage other girls and young women with IBD to be confident and proud, regardless of what's happening with their disease. The Girls With Guts website serves as an online community where women can share their stories about explaining the disease to friends or being pregnant with an ostomy bag, among others.
Doctor of Chiropractic and Naturopathic Doctor Michael D. Reggish works to put his patients on the path to good health through spinal care and nutritional improvements. He views the body as a whole, not simply as a laundry list of symptoms, and attempts to determine the root cause of pain through chiropractic exams and consultations. He also performs nutrition response testing to hone in on the underlying causes of ailments, organ weaknesses, and ice cream headaches.
When appropriate, Dr. Reggish further helps his clients through hypnosis and applied kinesiology, which uses muscle testing to determine where problems lie in the body.
Presented by Ameriprise Financial?Jim Thorpe, CFP, Taste of Dearborn returns in 2014 with a full lineup of city eateries. On the menu for the evening are local mainstays such as Tria Restaurant at The Henry, Andiamo, and Matador Restaurant, as well as nationwide favorites including Fuddruckers and Buffalo Wild Wings. But it's not just mouths that have all the fun?tastings take place within the restaurants, making the festival a great way to explore varied parts of Dearborn. Wristband-wearing adventurers may walk from restaurant to restaurant or hop aboard shuttles that escort them to the next destination.
During the last 10 years, more than 35,000 youth in southeast Michigan have taken part in at least one of H.Y.P.E. Athletics' training camps, sports leagues, or tournaments. In training camps, coaches teach participants the fundamentals of sports such as football, baseball, and basketball, while promoting good sportsmanship, positive attitudes, and teamwork. H.Y.P.E. Athletics relies on donations to purchase sports equipment so that staff members can continue to provide youngsters with these programs at little to no cost.
Within a private, boutique-style gym exuding a familial vibe, Bodymorph takes its clients back to workout basics. The personal trainers on staff prize simplicity over an abundance of doodads and gimmicks, exclusively leading private sessions and small group boot-camp classes. The elasticity of the programs, however, stretches to accommodate each participant's various goals, from weight loss to enhanced athleticism to improved posture to healing.
During indoor classes, trainers eschew the all the shouting and court-martialing of traditional boot camps. They help sculpt physiques with modern equipment—such as strength machines, stability balls, and free weights—from the cozy confines of a homey studio. Diet plans can supplement exercises on the side, and music and a disco ball lend a festive atmosphere to workouts.
South Oakland Shelter partners with more than 60 area religious institutions to provide housing opportunities for displaced people. Its guests receive a place to sleep at the partner congregation, warm meals, and opportunities to plan housing situations with case managers. The shelter also organizes targeted homelessness-prevention efforts including direct financial assistance, career-development and financial-literacy workshops, and support groups. Because of its work with more than 8,000 volunteers annually—who interact with guests and arrange sleeping spaces—SOS was named Outstanding Volunteer Program by the Michigan Governor’s Service Awards in 2009.