September 2016 Good News


2016 “Teddy Bear Posse” Campaign Launched on July 25


Representatives from Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police, East Lansing Police Department, Michigan Child Protective Services, Midwest Communications Radio Stations and partner sponsors were in attendance on July 25 at a press conference outside the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office in honor of launching the 2016 “Teddy Bear Posse.” This campaign exists to collect new teddy bears and stuffed animals for area law enforcement agencies to use the teddy bears to comfort small children involved in traumatic situations. Residents throughout Mid-Michigan will be encouraged to donate new teddy bears and stuffed animals at the Two Men and a Truck Collection Boxes located inside the following sponsor locations:

  • Applebee’s Restaurants
  • Burger King Restaurants
  • Liskey’s Auto & Truck Service

The radio stations of Midwest Communications: 94.1 DUKE FM, 92.9 WLMI-FM, 106.1 Q106 and  92.1 THE TEAM launched this campaign. In 2015, the Teddy Bear Posse collected more than 4,500 stuffed animals distributed to area agencies!

Mike Klein, vice president and general manager of Midwest Communications said, “There’s nothing more heartbreaking than a frightened child and we are asking area residents to rally around our brave and dedicated police officers and sheriff’s deputies by donating a new teddy bear at our sponsor locations.”

Health Department Features New Initiatives for Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Nearly three out of every four new moms try breastfeeding their babies, but in the weeks and months that follow, many stop. Only 23 percent of moms and babies are meeting national targets and breastfeeding their babies until age 12 months, but local programs are working to improve those rates.

The health department is promoting breastfeeding support programs this August in honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Efforts in the health department to improve local breastfeeding rates include training home visitors as Certified Lactation Counselors, education through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and a new campaign that has drawn international attention, the Get Real about Breastfeeding campaign, first launched in April. The Ingham County Health Department is the first local health department in Michigan to train home visitors as Certified Lactation Counselors.

“The data tells us that most mothers want to breastfeed, but there are obstacles. Moms and babies need to be set up for success from the beginning, and they need support along the way,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. 

Known health benefits for breastfed children include a stronger immune system and reduced risk for several conditions including asthma, obesity, ear infections and diabetes. For women, breastfeeding can lower risks for breast and ovarian cancers and diabetes.

“The local landscape for breastfeeding has improved over the past few years and we hope breastfeeding rates will follow suit,” said Vail. “The response to our campaign has been extremely positive.”

The campaign uses photos of local families and has been featured on billboards, movie theater screens and in a traveling gallery this summer. The campaign touts the message that breastfeeding is legal, healthy and normal.

The campaign was initiated through the health department’s Strong Start, Healthy Start program and is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It was developed in partnership with Willow Tree Family Center, the Capital Area Breastfeeding Coalition, the Expectant Parent Organization and Redhead Design Studio. For more information, visit

“Whose Live Anyway?” Comes to Wharton


“WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?” Is a hilarious improvised comedy show featuring current cast members from the hit TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”— And it is sure to leave audiences laughing for days! This lively — and gut-busting — opportunity is coming to Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall on Sep. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the official source to purchase Wharton Center tickets online at, at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.

The current cast members of the Emmy-nominated TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” are proud to present their new improv tour: “WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?” The stage show is 90 minutes of hilarious, improvised comedy and song – all based on audience suggestions. Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray leave their audiences gasping at the very witty scenes being invented before their eyes. Astounded at how quickly scenes are created, crowds of all ages are entertained. 

Audience participation is key to the show, so bring your suggestions; you might even be asked to join the cast on stage. The “WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY?” cast performs some of the games made famous from “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” and adds some new ones. 

It’s a night of unforgettably funny, interactive comedy; you will find yourself laughing days later! All ages are welcomed to this event!


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