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The 5 Healthy Towns project began in 2010 as community members and regional health leaders came together to address some of our community’s most urgent health needs. Almost 15 years on, that power in partnership is still the secret sauce that drives us towards a healthier and more connected community.

We welcome you to the spring issue of Connected. This issue celebrates some of the individuals and organizations leading innovative work around health and well-being. That work weaves together the expertise of our health systems, our nonprofit networks, our schools and more. Never has it been more critical to invest in the success of each other to achieve lasting outcomes.

Partners like Kiwanis and Key Club in Grass Lake, the faith community in Manchester, and a reimagined TimberTown demonstrate that volunteers region-wide

are coming together to create healthier places for individuals, families, and seniors to enjoy.

Chelsea Community Foundation is another vital partner, supporting “all things Chelsea.” Their backing of local projects allows several of the nonprofits that you’ll read about in this issue take on the work that meets the needs of friends and neighbors. CCF’s community outreach enhances the quality of life for everyone. We are grateful to them for their support of this issue.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading these stories of partnership and collaboration and invite you to learn more about how YOU can become involved in any of our community wellness coalitions, bringing YOUR unique perspective about what community means to you.

In good health,

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Ties that BIND

Written by Chelsea Community Foundation Advisory Committee

Written by Lori Kintz


Written by Chelsea Wellness Center Staff


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LOCAL RESOURCES - 60 Driving lasting, positive change in Chelsea since 1995. Helping local employers integrate wellness into a business strategy.
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5HF Wellness Centers

Adult Learners Institute

Ballet Chelsea

Brio Living Services

Chelsea Community Foundation

Chelsea District Library

Chelsea Hospital

Chelsea Soccer Club

Chelsea State Bank

Dancer’s Edge

Dexter Community Schools

Eder & Diver Insurance Agency

Edward Jones

Esquire Interiors

Giraffe Design Build

Go To Roofing

Grass Lake Senior Center

Heydlauff’s Appliances

Henry Ford Health

Horizon Kitchen & Bath

Huron-Clinton Metroparks

Huron-Waterloo Pathways Initiative

Jiffy Mix

Manchester Wellness Center

Manchester Community Schools

Mental Health Awareness and Training

Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists, P.C.

Purple Rose Theatre Company

Rankin Audiology

Silver Maples of Chelsea

The Copper Nail

Timber Creek Counseling

TimberTown Reimagined!

Washtenaw County Parks

Washtenaw County Public Safety

Preservation Millage WAVE

Webster Township Historical Society

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TThe Chelsea Community Foundation (CCF) is at the forefront of driving lasting, positive change in Chelsea through thoughtful partnerships with impactful nonprofits and dedicated donors. Since 1995, CCF has been building permanent endowment and distributing grants to Chelsea-serving nonprofits to meet the community's evolving needs.

Over the past 28 years, CCF has invested $2.0 million in Youth & Education, Arts & Culture, Trails, Parks & Transportation, and Medical & Healthy Intergenerational Aging. CCF invests in programs and organizations that enhance the lives of Chelsea's residents and provides valuable assistance to donors and their advisors in charitable planning. In 2023, CCF granted $128,500 to local nonprofits, including:

• Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative (TimberTown)

• Chelsea Chamber Players

• Western-Washtenaw Area Value Express (WAVE)

• Barn Sanctuary

• Chelsea Area Pickleball Association

• Chelsea Historical Society

• St. Louis Center

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A Spirit of Community

In addition to supporting Chelsea's nonprofit community, CCF is pleased to honor individuals who embody a spirit of community service. In partnershi p with the Chamber Leadership Awardees program, CCF hosts the Ann Feeney Service Awards that pay tribut e to Ann's tireless community service by awarding fiv e Chamber Leadership Awardees $1,000 each to grant to Chelsea nonprofits.

Supporting All Things Chelsea

CCF leverages our resources to drive positive community change. Working closely with nonprofit organizations providing sustainable solutions that meet Chelsea residents' needs, the Chelsea advisory committee is pivotal in guiding CCF's efforts. Thes e local members embody the spirit of "Supporting All Things Chelsea" and share their expertise: Anne Mann, Anne Merkel, Peter Heydlauff, Peter Feeney, Matt Doan, Rick Eder, Julie Konkle, Brian Lantis, W ill Johnson, Dave Schaible, Andy Kellogg, Doris Galvin, John Daniels, and Jeff Klink. As an affiliate of th e Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, CCF leverages professional expertise to build endowment for local impact.

A Lasting Legacy

Future generations will continue to benefit from CCF's efforts. CCF actively builds endowment – community capital – to meet Chelsea's current and future needs. Endowment is like a savings account for our community; we invest donors' contributions, spending the interest as grants, to maintain the value of the gifts in perpetuity. We are grateful for the support of hundreds of local donors in building our resources, including those who have created named endowment funds to preserve their legacies.

If you want to leave a lasting legacy for all who call Chelsea home, learn more at chelseafoundation.org.



FITNESS With Family and Friends

An exercise buddy keeps me going – keeps me motivated – keeps me accountable. I can’t let my exercise buddy down.

We celebrated reaching our goal together.

One of the best partnerships brings together people who share a common goal, and that is the foundation of the Stronger Together offering from the 5HF wellness centers.

By referring a friend or family member, you may be more likely to stick to your workout routine and encourage each other to reach new goals. For some people, exercising with a friend can be more enjoyable and motivating than working out alone.

In addition to sharing the fun, having a workout partner can improve social connections and emotional support. Offering encouragement to each other during tough challenges can help you cope with stress in other ways. “I look forward to coming in to meet up and work out with my friend. We encourage each other and hold each other accountable. It’s fun and the time goes by faster,” said Sherry, Wellness Center Member

Staying on track is one of the challenges in any fitness program, and a fitness buddy may be the key to success. Whether it’s a walking or running buddy, someone to

meet at the wellness center for a class or workout, or just having someone to call or pick you up when motivation lags, a fitness friend can reduce the likelihood that you’ll get bored or burned out with your fitness goals.

“The connections and friendships between members at the Wellness Center is wonderful to see,” says Angela Sargeant, Senior Director. “Regardless of whether someone brings a buddy with them or not, the camaraderie between members is dynamic. I love watching the participants laugh and catch up outside of the Group Exercise studio before going in for their Cardio Beats class, and the members who walk the track together to warm up before exercise and the members who make plans to stop for coffee on their way out. The members care about each other, look out for each other, and notice when the other has missed a few days.”

A membership dues discount can also be a great incentive or motivation for friends to exercise together and stay consistent. Wellness Center members can refer a friend to the Wellness Center during the Stronger Together promotion and both members will enjoy a $10 discount each month for as long as they both remain members.

Go to chelseawellness.org for more information.





What are you doing this summer?

Kensington Metropark offers nature and recreation in abundance! Spend time exploring and experiencing the park on your own or attend an event like movies in the park, trail challenge, concerts, farm animal encounters, painting under the stars, paddling and more.

Hudson Mills, Huron Meadows, Delhi and Dexter-Huron Metroparks all reside along the Huron River providing some of the best views for anglers, hikers, bikers and paddlers. Hudson Mills also boasts some of the best disc golf in the area with two courses and hosts multiple events throughout the year like a movie in the park, kids concerts, trunk or treat, dog friendly festivals and more. Explore

Kensington Events Explore Hudson Mills Events

Collaboration is Key for Rock the Mock

WWhen One Big Thing Action Team 3 came together last year, one of its first initiatives was the creation of “Rock the Mock,” a campaign designed to lead a shift towards a

more inclusive, supportive, and healthy drinking culture within the 5 Healthy Town communities. By partnering with local food and bar businesses, Rock the Mock offers people in recovery, or individuals who simply choose to abstain from alcohol, a social environment where everyone can enjoy a beverage together.

“We are very happy with the community’s receptiveness to this idea,” says Lisa Gentz, coleader of Action Team 3. “Having alcohol-free options on the menu helps to normalize the choice of not drinking alcohol and sends a message that abstaining from alcohol is a valid and respected choice. The businesses that have selected to display the Rock the Mock decal in their windows have joined the discussion to support this important point.”

Offering more than a diet soda or a Shirley Temple, creative mocktails provide a tasty alternative that reduces the alcohol-free stigma and enhances hospitality. It can be a simple yet meaningful way to promote understanding.







Focusing on alcohol and other substances, Action Team 3 represents a group of individuals promoting a variety of educational outreach initiatives to raise the collective consciousness about alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and opioids. Partners in Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester, and Stockbridge are invited to join in these efforts and participate in the discussion.

This summer, the hope is that all local municipalities will promote the Rock the Mock message at outdoor venues and community gatherings. When you see the Rock the Mock decal, you will know that this establishment also offers alcohol-free options and supports the choice to abstain from alcohol.

Go to OneBigConnection.org/action teams to find out what businesses in your town are participating and hope the next time you’re at one of these local bars and restaurants in our 5 Healthy Towns, you will thank them for their support of this campaign.

For more information about One Big Thing, see page 60.

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Discover the B2B Trail

Connecting communities and parks throughout Washtenaw County


the B2B Trail?

The Border to Border Trail (B2B Trail) is currently a 35-mile, 10 foot wide, ADA accessible, paved pathway. Eight trail corridors connect you to cities, towns, metroparks, nature preserves, and unique destinations throughout Washtenaw County

Title IX Plaza: Summer 2024

This newly-installed trail adjacent project, located on the B2B Trail in Dexter-Huron Metropark, honors the impact of Title IX legislation on women's sports in Michigan


Share your B2B Trail joy and get ideas on how to explore the B2B Trail by following us on social media @b2btrail

Learn more about our newly completed segments on the B2B Trail!

The B2B Trail project is led by the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission and is supported by the Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative, non-profit partner of the B2B Trail


Explore these local resources

Arbor Hospice virtual support groups: arborhospice.org/eventscalendar/

Chelsea Senior Center: Loss & Healing Group: registration required chelseaseniors.org

Dexter Senior Center: Grief and Loss Support Group – dexterseniors.org

Grass Lake Assembly of God 517-522-4088 grasslakeag@gmail.com.

GrieveWell www.grievewell.com/


Find a support group www.griefshare.org/

Henry Ford Health Jackson www.henryford.com/ services/at-home/ hospice/support

Hospice of Michigan virtual grief support groups hom.org

If you know of other grief and loss support groups, please contact us at info@5healthytowns.org.

As we travel through our lives, day to day, year to year, we often know what we are moving toward. We take a path toward building a relationship, accomplishing career goals, raising a family, saving for a vacation, planning on retirement, fulfilling hobbies, and arriving to the destinations we set out for ourselves. At some point, we all come to a fork in the road of loss.

This path is often an unwanted journey. It is not just the loss of that person, but the loss of all of who they were to us: a partner, a confidante, a friend, a support, a provider, perhaps just a daily presence in our lives. It can be a complete change to our way of life. We stand at this place looking at a thousand signs pointing to nowhere and not knowing what direction to take. How do I feel? What do I do? How do I act? Where do I go now?

For some people, the road might be a little foggy, but you continue to go down a road you are familiar with. I often hear people say, “I’m in my routine, just on auto pilot”. You walk forward, eat your same breakfast, go to your job, do your daily activities, but the scenery isn’t the same.

For some people, they are still at the fork in the road, feeling stuck, feeling overwhelmed. Just staying in place. They feel broken down, the car just won’t start. Do what is comfortable for you at that time but do take your time. Put it in slower gear. Cleaning out a drawer might be more manageable than cleaning out an entire room. Writing 2 thank you notes a day might be more manageable than writing 30 at one time.

Traveling Through Grief

You might run into a few potholes along the way. An anniversary, a holiday, a memory, the furnace breaks, and you were not the one that would call to get it fixed. Something might happen that stops you in your tracks. It’s okay to pull over again. It’s okay to rest.

Start back up, take a familiar path, take a new path, pull over at a rest stop when the road is bumpy. Know that you can change your path at any given time and can also back up. That doesn’t take away from the places you have already traveled. Sometimes we must look in our rear view mirror to see what is ahead. It might be thinking about how hard those last minutes were with the person that you loved, it might be revisiting that hurt, it might be that you need to take another pause to change directions again.

Take a passenger with you from time to time. It can be helpful to use the supports you have in your life. Attend a support group with people that have “walked the walk” or someone you trust that can just be alongside you.

The new roads you take will become more familiar, it will become more comfortable, and you will see a new direction ahead.

Erika Van Poppel is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Bereavement Coordinator at Henry Ford Health Hospice and a clinician at Balance & Being Counseling and Services.


We’ve expanded our offerings to better serve the Chelsea community.


Whether you live in Chelsea or nearby, we’re proud to bring convenient, expert care that meets the needs of our community. At Henry Ford Medical Center – Chelsea, we are now providing orthopedic, same-day care, imaging and lab services to new and existing patients. Learn more and request an appointment at henryford.com/chelsea.


Pathway Find A to Workplace Wellness

If you work in the 5 healthy towns region, you may notice that your employer is taking a more proactive position on supporting employee wellness and well-being. Rather than offering benefits that individuals may or may not access (yet alone know about), many businesses are integrating wellness offerings as part of their overall business strategy.

That’s where Working Well comes in. As a collaborative of local employers who are seeking fresh ideas and inspiration, Working Well collects local and national resources, tips, and suggestions, to offer our business community a pathway to wellness at work.

Each company has a story, and we want to know more about what your goals and challenges for workplace wellness might be. By joining Working Well at no cost, you will receive free videos on hot topics that you can share, awards, invitations for physical activity challenges, free community classes, and more.

We are looking for like-minded individuals, or even businesses

who simply want to learn more, to join the conversation at Working Well. 5HF will provide free resources that you can use right away, and opportunities to engage in local volunteer initiatives that may resonate with your workforce.

Workplace well-being experts say the following is trending now:

Isolation is at an all-time high, even at work.

Cookie cutter approaches don’t really work. Employees want support that can be personalized to fit their needs. There are many dimensions to personal well-being, and physical, mental, and financial wellness are part of the package.

Employees want to feel valued at work, recognized for their contributions, and they want to have fun.

The Takeaway: Working Well may help you, as an employer, and your workforce, access resources that improve physical and mental well-being.

Join the conversation at Working Well. Your company can designate a Working Well Ambassador, who will help your business gain insights and share resources. To take the first step, go to OneBigConnection.org and take the Working Well Survey. onebigconnection.org/action-teams/working-well/

If you’d like additional information, contact Lori@5healthytowns.org.

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In 1997, hundreds of volunteers came together to build the wooden play structure at TimberTown Park, the city’s largest park. Fast forward to 2024 and it’s taking a community to reimagine

Everyone has heard the saying it takes a village to raise a child. That saying – with a slight twist – has renewed meaning in Chelsea.

Planning has been underway since late 2022 to keep the great features that already exist within the park while rebuilding the TimberTown play structure, adding new play elements and pickleball courts, creating a trailhead


Partnering with Community

Gestamp, the automotive component manufacturer neighboring TimberTown, is offering in-kind donations of labor and materials. The company is using its expertise to replace all the wooden roofs on the play structure and has offered its parking area for overflow parking at larger events.

The groups behind TimberTown Reimagined have kicked a fundraising campaign for the park upgrades. All donations up to $100,000 will be matched thanks to a $50,000 contribution from an anonymous donor and $50,000 in additional matching funds coming from Chelsea State Bank for the project. In addition, community organizations and businesses can sponsor specific pieces of play equipment for installation in the TimberTown play area.

Community members will also have the opportunity to participate in the TimberTown build itself. An estimated 500 volunteers will be needed over the duration of the build week to help paint, stain, sand, hammer, and nail. The community build is scheduled for August 6-11th.

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Silver Maples Retirement Neighborhood

A Beacon of Community Engagement in Chelsea

Nestled in the heart of Chelsea, Silver Maples of Chelsea offers a vibrant community where older adults enjoy a genuine sense of belonging. This exceptional retirement living neighborhood stands out for its commitment to fostering connections, collaboration, and community engagement involving its staff, residents, and Chelsea community members. Through various partnerships with local organizations, Silver Maples has become a leader in the senior living industry, enriching the lives of its residents and the broader Chelsea community.

Recognizing the importance of collaboration, Silver Maples actively partners with local businesses, healthcare providers, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations. These partnerships not only benefit residents but also contribute to the overall enhancement of services for the Chelsea community.

One notable initiative led by Silver Maples is the Chelsea Wellness Path project, a collaborative effort involving multiple stakeholders, funded by a grant from the 5 Healthy Towns Foundation. This project, which includes St. Mary’s Church, the Chelsea School District, the City of Chelsea, and Chelsea Hospital, aimed to maintain pathways surrounding the 21-acre campus and connect other paths for the enjoyment of people of all ages in the community. Additionally, Silver Maples' state-of-the-art facilities serve as a hub for various community meetings and events for the City of Chelsea, Adult Learner’s Institute, Rotary Club and Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, further strengthening ties within Chelsea.

Gallery 100, within Silver Maples, thrives on partnerships, showcasing local talent from artist guilds like the Chelsea Art Guild, Saline Painters Guild, Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild, the University of Michigan Prison Creative Art Project, and the Mint Art Guild based out of Detroit, to name a few. The gallery is open to the public and provides art exhibit space to enhance the cultural experience of the community.


Silver Maples also fosters intergenerational connections through collaborations like the transportation partnership between Chelsea High School and the Chelsea Senior Center. Together, they organize field trips using Silver Maples' buses to enjoy local attractions like the Lost Railway Museum, Matthai Botanical Gardens, the Toledo Glass Museum, and the Motawi Tileworks, promoting community bonds, and enhancing accessibility.

Through these meaningful collaborations, Silver Maples not only enhances the quality of life for its residents but also plays a vital role in strengthening the fabric of the Chelsea community. In a world where interconnectedness is crucial, Silver Maples' strategic partnerships serve as a testament to the power of collaboration in creating positive and sustainable solutions for the entire community.

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Over the years, the 5HF Wellness Coalitions have committed funds to a variety of community partners from a budget line item called Sponsorship Grants. Sponsorship grants are intended to support local events and one-time offerings, to promote the work of the wellness coalitions, and to provide needed dollars that meet local needs.

Sponsorship grants come in all shapes and sizes, but typically range from $100 to $500, and do not require a formal project proposal. Wellness coalitions are approached by local organizations and vote on the funds at their monthly meetings. However, the main outcome is that the sponsorship helps the wellness coalition and the sponsor recipient to increase their visibility in the community, demonstrating their commitment to community wellness and connections, and providing opportunities for new partnerships in the future. Often a small sponsorship will lead to bigger projects focusing on the 5HF pillars – Eat Better, Move More, Avoid Unhealthy Substances, and Connect With Others in Healthy Ways.

Sponsorship grants have resulted in many successes.


Stockbridge Area Wellness Coalition sponsored the local media, Stockbridge Community News, with a monthly column devoted to wellness topics. This has two important impacts – increasing awareness about vital health topics and providing the local newspaper with reliable content and operating revenue. Our local newspapers are important partners, and we depend on them to help with a variety of campaigns and promotions.

In 2023, Grass Lake Community Wellness Initiative sponsored the start-up of the Grass Lake Kiwanis, who in turn used the funds to create the newly formed Key Club at the high school (see page 34). Spotlighting this important community asset was a great way to help Kiwanis showcase its mission and provide Grass Lake teens and residents with important volunteer opportunities. Volunteering is a strategy to improve a sense of belonging and make a local impact.

When the Dexter Senior Center was actively working to increase membership, the Dexter Wellness Coalition sponsored its Birthday Club and member newsletter. The Birthday Club honors member birthdays each month with a small luncheon celebration. The newsletter made a significant contribution to tripling the senior center’s member base last year. Our local senior centers play a vital role in helping seniors avoid isolation and create multi-generational events that bring the whole community together.


Chelsea Wellness Coalition contributed to a variety of youth Move More initiatives recently, providing funds for the purchase of basketballs at the middle school, and supporting the Chelsea Aquatics Club. The school districts and their related student clubs are important partners in the 5 Healthy Towns region and offer us an expanded outreach opportunity for both kids and families.

Not only did the Manchester community host the 2023 Farm to Table event, raising important funds for the local farmers markets, but the Manchester Wellness Coalition also supported the event with a sponsorship grant. The donation helped to offset expenses and gave the coalition local visibility. Many wellness coalition members also volunteered at the “all hands on deck” event and it was a great success.

All in all, sponsorship grants allow 5 Healthy Towns Foundation to raise awareness about the important work of our wellness coalitions, while committing to the community that partnerships are important and valued.

If your non-profit organization is interested in requesting a sponsorship grant, we encourage you to attend your local Wellness Coalition meeting to pitch your idea. These important networking opportunities give community leaders and advocates a chance to encourage positive public relations and create goodwill among all our community residents.

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W ritten by Shasta Grifka, WAVE

In 1976, the Western-Washtenaw Area Value Express (WAVE) embarked on its journey with a single bus serving a solitary community. Today, WAVE has transformed into a robust transportation network with 15 vehicles, connecting the entire Western Washtenaw County.

WAVE has a diverse array of services, including shuttles, fixed routes, and door-to-door transportation ensuring accessibility and connectivity throughout Western Washtenaw County.

Shuttles: WAVE's dedication to community connectivity shines through its shuttle services. The WAVE provides shuttle services to MDOT-approved groups.

Fixed Routes: The Community Connector route travels through Chelsea, Dexter, and Scio Township.

The Chelsea Community Shuttle, a complimentary service, has a route that stops throughout Chelsea.

The Jackson Road Connector’s route is on Jackson Road between Thornton Farms and Parkland Plaza.

The Jackson Road Connector and Community Connector met with AAATA #30 at Meijer on Zeeb Road which makes it possible to get from Chelsea and Dexter to Ypsilanti.

Door-to-Door Services: WAVE's distinctive door-to-door service offers personalized transportation for individuals across Western Washtenaw County. This service surpasses fixed routes, allowing WAVE to transport anyone in the region to any destination within Washtenaw County, minimizing transportation barriers for all residents.

WAVE's success extends beyond buses and routes; it hinges on forging meaningful partnerships with municipalities, townships, businesses, and nonprofits, to build strong relationships in the communities they serve.

1. Municipal and Township Collaboration: WAVE's close collaboration with local municipalities and townships is pivotal in understanding the unique transportation needs of each community.

2. Business Engagement: Businesses play a pivotal role in supporting WAVE's mission. Through partnerships with local businesses, WAVE contributes to the enhancement of services benefitting both employees and the broader community.

3. Non-Profit Support: Non-profit organizations have been valuable allies in WAVE's journey. By aligning with other nonprofits, WAVE taps into a network of resources, knowledge, and community outreach.

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The Importance of Sleep for Youth

Latest Findings from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study

How much sleep do youth need?

Experts recommend:

6-12 Year-Olds

Not getting enough sleep can make it hard to think clearly, feel good, and stay healthy. It can make it tough to do well in school. It’s also connected to mental health. In fact, youth who feel anxiety or depression get less sleep than those who do not feel this way.

9-12 Hours Per Day


8-10 Hours Per Day

It is crucial for youth to get enough sleep in order for their brains and bodies to work their best, both in and out of the classroom. Children who are 6-12 years old should aim for 9-12 hours and teens should aim for 8-10 hours of sleep each night. However, the latest findings from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study (ABCDStudy.org) ®, the largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the United States, found that only 48 % of 9- and 10-year-olds sleep at least 9 hours, and only 22% percent of teens sleep at least 8 hours per night.

When teens don't get enough sleep, it becomes challenging for them to stay focused in class, retain information, and solve problems effectively. As a result, their grades may suffer, and they may struggle to reach their full academic potential.

Things that can lead to sleep problems include screens, caffeine, negative experiences such as abuse, living in an unstable home life, and feeling threatened by problems in one’s neighborhood, school, or family life.

There are several things teenagers can do to improve their sleep habits such has having a consistent bedtime routine, ensuring their room is comfy for sleep (dark, quiet, and cool), and avoiding stimulating things like screens, caffeine, and big meals before bed. If sleep problems persist, see a clinician. Although getting young people to wind down and sleep can be a challenge, doing so can do wonders for their overall health, well-being, and academic success.



9- and 10-year-olds...

...sleep at least 9 hours

...sleep less than 9 hours

In other surveys, only 22% of high school students report getting the recommended amount of sleep (at least 8 hours) on school nights. Older teens are less likely to get enough sleep than younger teens are (Healthy People 2030).


much sleep do youth need?

Experts recommend:

6-12 Year-Olds

9-12 Hours Per Day


...sleep less than 8 hours

8-10 Hours Per Day


High school students...

...sleep at least 8 hours

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Collaboration Is Our Middle Name

Partnerships are the cornerstone of each wellness coalition in the 5 healthy towns region. The 5HF coalitions are made up of committed volunteers who represent many facets of the community – kids, families, seniors, civic organizations, faith communities, employers, municipalities; and every vital condition that relates to health and wellbeing – housing, life-long learning, transportation, fitness, arts, and health care services. These important relationships make the wellness coalitions stronger and are essential to promoting community health. The goal is to make funding decisions that meet community needs.

Over the past three years, and post pandemic, the wellness coalitions have committed to expanding their membership by inviting new partners to the conversation. Each coalition has had unique success. In turn, funded wellness projects have supported local organizations in new ways, and covered needed expenses like staffing, supplies, and infrastructure.

Promoting wellness through wellness coalition grants has been an ongoing initiative for the past 13 years. Many wellness coalition members have stayed active for the duration. Their commitment makes collaboration and outreach easier and helps to foster a sense of responsibility for local success. It also helps each community to take ownership of their community health outcomes.

We invite you to join the conversation and help our wellness coalitions build new partnerships in your community. By working together, we can leverage resources and expertise, and develop creative approaches to address many health challenges.

Contact Lori@5healthytowns.org for more information about joining your local wellness coalition.

The 5 Healthy Towns Wellness Coalitions have recently partnered with:

Chelsea – Chelsea Education Foundation for LINK Crew and WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) with Chelsea Schools

Dexter – Faith In Action to host Family Yoga at Hilltop Apartments

Grass Lake – Warrior Baseball improvements to the middle school baseball field

Manchester – Manchester Emanuel Church of Christ’s free community meals

Stockbridge – infrastructure improvements at Veteran’s Park with Village of Stockbridge; including a part-time recreation coordinator

Overall, the importance of partnerships underscores the inter-connectedness of our communities and helps improve the impact of our work together.



5:30 pm on Zoom

Contact: Francie Wesorick and Brad Judge


5:00 pm at the Lost Railway Museum

Contact: Dawn Cuddie


Noon at the 5HF Conference Room

Contact: Lynn Fox


Noon at the City Offices

Contact: Ray Berg


4:30 pm on Zoom and in the community

Contact: Jo Mayer and Emily Stewart


Spring/Summer 2024

Community Programs at

Chelsea and Dexter Wellness Centers


Scholarship Opportunities

Wellness Center membership and Community Education Scholarships, through the 5 Healthy Towns Foundation, are available to individuals meeting financial criteria.

For more information, visit 5healthytowns.org or call Karen Bradley at 734-214-0232.

Rock Steady Boxing

A non-contact boxing-based fitness program designed to minimize the effects of Parkinson’s disease and improve activities of daily living

Monday/Wednesday/Friday1:30 pm –3:00 pm $129/month CHE Call 734-214-0220 for more information.

Relaxation and Breathing Techniques for Parkinson’s Disease

People with Parkinson’s Disease have been shown to respond favorably to the practice of Yoga Breathing and relaxation techniques. This class is suitable for people with PD as well as their caregivers. While we cannot reverse PD, it can ease symptoms by improving core strength, flexibility, and balance. This will help decrease stress and bring calm to a busy mind, allowing for deeper relaxation. In addition to postures, breathing techniques will be share to apply anytime during your day. All levels are welcomed, modifications will be given.

Thursday 5/2-6/13* 2:00 pm –3:00 pm

Thursday 7/25-8/29 2:00 pm –3:00 pm CHE

MEM $84 NON-MEM $90

*No Class 5/23

Game of Go

Game of Go lessons and group problem-solving at 10 AM every Saturday, with paired games starting at 11 AM. Beginners and all level of players are welcome.

Saturdays FREE DEX


Please bring your own yoga mat or towel

Yoga in the Park-Dexter

Mill Creek Park

Sat 6/1-8/178:00 am -9:00 am*

Yoga on the Lawn –Chelsea

Chelsea Library

Sat 6/1-8/1710:00 am –11:00 am*

Yoga at the Lake –Grass Lake Grass Lake County Park

Sat 6/1-8/1710:00 am –11:00 am*

*Weather/Instructor permitting. Visit the Wellness Centers social media pages for up to date information

CPR Classes

CPR/First Aid Training Available at the Wellness Centers. Contact the Member Service Desk for more details. CHE/DEX


Pilates Reformer

Unlike mat Pilates, Reformer Pilates is performed on an intelligently designed piece of equipment with a system of springs and pulleys to provide resistance. This builds balanced strength and flexibility, working your body through its full range of motion. Pilates is a full body workout that aligns the body to allow you to do whatever else you want to do more efficiently. Pilates can be modified to fit any body at any age or stage of life. Registration Required. Please contact the Member Service Desk for more information on sessions/prices. DEX

Level 1

Tuesday 5/7-5/28 8:30 am –9:30 am

Tuesday 6/4-6/25 8:30 am –9:30 am

Tuesday 7/9-7/30 8:30 am –9:30 am

Tuesday 8/6-8/27 8:30 am –9:30 am

Wednesday 5/1-5/22 12:00 pm –1:00 pm

Thursday 5/2-5/23 9:30 am –10:30 am

Thursday 6/6-6/27 9:30 am –10:30 am

Thursday 7/11-7/25 9:30 am –10:30 am

Thursday 8/8-8/29 9:30 am –10:30 am

Saturday 5/18 & 5/25 9:00 am –10:00 am 10:00 am –11:00 am

Saturday 6/1-6/15 9:00 am –10:00 am 10:00 am –11:00 am

Saturday 7/13 & 7/20 9:00 am –10:00 am 10:00 am –11:00 am

Saturday 8/10-8/31 9:00 am –10:00 am 10:00 am –11:00 am

Beginner Pickleball Class

This beginning clinic consists of four one-hour sessions. It includes an overview of pickleball rules, court layout, equipment, strategy and game play. No previous pickleball experience is necessary.

Tuesday & Thursday 4/2-4/11 10:00 am –11:00 am

Tuesday & Thursday 4/30-5/9 10:00 am –11:00 am

Tuesday & Thursday 5/21-5/30 10:00 am –11:00 am DEX

Adaptable Movement

Wednesday 5/22-6/26* 3:45 pm –4:45 pm

Wednesday 7/10-8/14 3:45 pm –4:45 pm DEX

FEE $7 per class

*No class 6/12

Gen Z Intro to Weight Lifting

This class is design to introduce new exercises to the younger generation that are just getting started into their fitness journey. In this class participants will cycle through several exercises targeting different muscle groups with minimal rest in between each movement. Participants will learn how to tax theirmuscular strength, endurance,andcardiorespiratory system.

Ages 12-17

Thursday 5/9-6/13 & 7/11-8/15 3:30 pm –4:15 pm DEX

MEM $84 NON-MEM $90



***No classes Thursday 7/4***

Pre & Post Pregnancy

This class is designed for expecting moms who are looking for a structured prenatal workout plan to maintain strength and muscle tone during and after pregnancy.

Thursday 5/30-7/11 5:00 pm –6:00 pm DEX

MEM $102 NON-MEM $108

Strengthen Your Posture

Improve your posture and reduce or prevent chronic back pain. These sessions will focus on strengthening your back, shoulder, and core muscles, which are all essential to standing with proper posture and preventing lower back pain.

Thursday 5/30-7/11 12:00pm –1:00 pm CHE

MEM $102 NON-MEM $108

Strengthen Your Pickleball

Whether you're a seasoned player or just starting your pickleball journey, strength training can significantly elevate your game. Pickleball is a dynamic sport that demands quick movements, explosive bursts of energy, and precise control. Strength training provides the foundation to meet these demands, enhancing your power, endurance, and overall performance on the court.

Thursday6/6-7/18 & 7/25-8/29 10:00 am –11:00 am DEX

MEM $126 NON-MEM $132

Limit 4 participants

PreK Mighty Movers

Get your super energetic kiddo out of the house. Whether you want to develop your child’s coordination,gross motor skills or help your child burn off some of his never-ending energy. Parent and child will play together with games to mask a workout that you can do together.

Ages 3-5

Wednesday 6/5-7/17 & 7/24-8/28 10:00 am –10:40 am DEX

MEM $78 NON-MEM $84

All About Balance

This class is designed to teach you how to maintain balance by strengthening the muscles that help keep you upright, including your legs and core. The focus is to improve stability and help prevent falls.

Thursday 7/25-8/29 12:00pm –1:00 pm CHE

MEM $102 NON-MEM $108

Pelvic Floor

This class improves the strength and mobility of the pelvic floor, effectively improving the function of multiple systems. Pelvic floor muscle training exercises can help strengthen the muscles under the uterus, bladder, and bowel. Members learn to contract and relax pelvic floor muscles relative to other muscles. They also learn breathing and timing techniques that make the exercises more effective. The exercises are designed to stretch tight muscles, strengthen weak muscles and boost flexibility. This class can help both men and women who have problems with urine leakage, bowel control, endometriosis, weak pelvic floor muscles, pre-and post-natal clients and menopause.

Thursday 7/25-8/29 5:00 pm –6:00 pm DEX

MEM $102 NON-MEM $108


Please contact the Member Service Desk for more information on sessions/prices

Registration Deadline May-June: May 1 July-August: July 1

No class 5/27, 6/17-6/22, 7/4


Water Babies

For toddlers ages 0 -2 who need an adult to be with them in the water. This class will have a focus on water safety and will primarily feature songs and games. This will take place in the warm water pool.

Min.3 Max. 12 participants

Wednesday 5/8-6/26 & 7/10-8/21 5:20 pm –5:50 pm

Saturday 5/11-6/29 & 7/13-8/24 1:30 pm–2:00 pm CHE

Monday 5/6-6/24 & 7/8-8/19 4:00 pm –4:30 pm

Friday 5/10-6/28 & 7/12-8/23 4:00 pm –4:30 pm DEX

Preschool Parent

Preschool Parent is for younger students, ages 3-5 who may need a parent’s help in the water. Parents required to come dressed to get in the pool, but may choose to sit on the edge if their student is comfortable. This class will have a focus on water safety, floating, blowing bubbles, songs, and games. This class takes place in the warm pool.

Min.3 Max. 6 participants

Wednesday 5/8-6/26 & 7/10-8/21 4:00 pm –4:30 pm CHE

Monday 5/6-7/1& 7/8-8/19 4:40 pm –5:10 pm

Thursday 5/9-6/27 & 7/11-8/22 4:00 pm –4:30 pm DEX

Level 1 Swim

For all students aged 4-10 who are not yet comfortable going under water. Class will focus on kicking, floating, blowing bubbles, and water safety. This class will take place in the warm pool. Parents not in the pool.

Min. 3 Max. 6 participants

Tuesday 5/7-6/25 & 7/9-8/20 4:00 pm –4:30 pm

Wednesday 5/8-6/26 & 7/10-8/21 4:40 pm –5:10 pm

Saturday 5/11-6/29 & 7/13-8/24 2:10 pm –2:40 pm CHE

Monday 5/6-7/1& 7/8-8/19 5:20 pm –5:50 pm

Thursday 5/9-6/27 & 7/11-8/22 4:40 pm –5:10 pm

Friday 5/10-6/28 & 7/12-8/23 4:40 pm –5:10pm DEX

Level 2 Swim

For students ages 5-12. Level 2 is for students who enthusiastically submerge underwater without plugging their nose. Students should be able to swim 3 feet on their front and float on their back for 10 seconds without assistance prior to enrollment. Students will learn the foundations for strokes such as freestyle and backstroke as well as water safety skills such as treading and survival floating. This class takes place in the warm pool. Parents not in the pool. Min. 3 Max. 6 participants

Tuesday 5/7-6/25 & 7/9-8/20 4:40 pm –5:10 pm

Wednesday 5/8-6/26 & 7/10-8/21 6:00 pm –6:30 pm CHE

Monday 5/6-7/1 & 7/8-8/19 6:00 pm –6:30 pm

Thursday 5/9-6/27 & 7/11-8/22 5:20 pm –5:50 pm

Friday 5/10-6/28 & 7/12-8/23 5:20 pm –5:50 pm DEX

Level 3 Swim

For students ages 6-14. Level 3 is for students who can swim 15 feet on their own but are still developing their swimming strokes. Students will learn strokes such as freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke as well as how to tread water. This class will take place in the lap pool. Parents not in the pool. Min. 3 Max. 6 participants

Tuesday 5/7-6/25 & 7/9-8/20 5:20 pm –5:50 pm CHE

Thursday 5/9-6/27 & 7/11-8/22 6:00 pm –6:30 pm

Friday 5/10-6/28 & 7/12-8/23 6:00 pm –6:30 pm DEX

Level 4 Swim

For students ages 7-16. Level 4 is for students who can swim 25 feet using freestyle and backstroke, and students who are familiar with breaststroke. Students in level 4 will be introduced to the butterfly stroke, build endurance and learn drills to refine their stroke technique. Students will also learn how to safety dive to the bottom of the pool from inside of the water. This class will take place in the lap pool. Parents not in pool. Min. 3 Max. 6 participants

Tuesday 5/7-6/25 & 7/9-8/20 6:00 pm –6:30 pm CHE

Who’s Going to Fill


If you’ve enjoyed a community festival in the summer, fish fry during Lent, or a scholarship competition, you’ve most likely benefitted from the work of a local community organization and their dedicated volunteers. However, there is a trend threatening some of those wonderful traditions.

People are not getting as involved with their community organizations as they used to in past years. Many groups have had to delay or cancel their activities due to a declining volunteer base.

One 5HF survey finding, specifically focused on nonprofit member organizations, shows that a significant number of respondents were not part of any group or community organization. Across the board, about 20 percent of respondents reported they belong to a faithbased organization. The rest of the findings varied by community.

Asking this question helps 5HF determine how involved area residents are with their community and opens the conversation to important topics like sense of purpose and social belonging. All our communities have been hit hard because of lower membership levels and participation. Education Foundations, Chambers of Commerce, Lions Club and more have recently closed their chapters because they don’t have the volunteer power to make it happen.

Getting involved with local community groups does more than help your community. There is reason to

believe that people who volunteer their time or talents tend to live happier, healthier lives. A 2013 study from Carnegie Mellon University suggested that adults over 50 who volunteer regularly were less likely to develop high blood pressure than non-volunteers. Blue Zones author Dan Buettner reported that one of the common factors to people living longer, happier lives was involvement in a faith-based community or belonging to a social group with common interests.

Please consider getting involved in one of your local service groups or community organizations. Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” If research is any indication, giving some time to others may make a healthier life for us all.

Who Will Fill Their Shoes?

5HF and our community wellness coalitions partner with many service organizations, including Lions, Kiwanis and Rotary, senior centers, recreational sports teams or library hosted book clubs, Faith-based organizations including churches and Knights of Columbus, and the 5HF Wellness Centers. These vital collaborations provide opportunities to support the missions of these organizations and reach more area residents at the same time.



5 Healthy Towns Foundation conducted its 5HF Survey in Fall 2022. Thank you to everyone who participated and shared the links and articles about the survey! In the next few editions of Connected you’ll see the results from the survey questions paired up with pertinent articles about the data.

1365 adults over the age of 18 completed our survey. In this edition we will focus on our Connect with Others questions. These questions and their answers are ones closely tied to our Eat Better, Move More, Connect with Others in Healthy Ways and Avoiding Unhealthy Substances pillars. Your responses help the Foundation and our partners determine where need may exist in our service areas.

The questions we asked in 2022 focused on caregiving, how involved adults are with community organizations, people’s reliance on others for transportation needs, and if respondents felt like they lived a meaningful life.

One note about the question “How often do you get the emotional and social support you need?” In 2015, the Health Improvement Plan (HIP) survey combined the results of Chelsea and Dexter together, while 5 Healthy Towns Foundation paid to oversample and break out Manchester. The 2010 HIP combined Chelsea, Dexter, and Manchester into Western Washtenaw County.

You can see the entire data report at onebigconnection. org/facts-figures. There are tentative plans to conduct the next 5 Healthy Towns survey in 2025. In

During the past 30 days, did you provide regular care or assistance to a friend or family member who has a health problem or disability?

How often do you get the social and emotional support you need?

How strongly do you agree with this statement? "I lead a purposeful and meaningful life."

2022 (20) Region Not sure No Yes 1 (1) 77 (76) 22 (22) Chelsea 0 (1) 82 (78) 17 (21) Dexter 3 (2) 71 (75) 26 (23) Manchester 2 (1) 76 (80) 22 (19) Grass Lake 2 (1) 65 (72) 33 (27) Stockbridge
2022 (20/15) Region Rarely or Never Sometimes Always or usually 6% (6/3) 14% (18/8) 80% (76/88) Chelsea/Dexter 6% (6/NA) 22% (17/NA) 72% (76/NA) Dexter 13% (12/9) 21% (25/22) 66% (63/70) Manchester 11% (10/0) 19% (15/20) 70% (70/85) Grass Lake 11% (13/3) 18% (21/14) 71% (66/84) Stockbridge
2022 Region Prefer Not to Answer Don’t Know Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree 0 1 1 3 14 46 40 Chelsea 0 0 1 2 15 49 33 Dexter 0 2 3 3 17 46 30 Manchester 1 0 0 3 15 47 33 Grass Lake 1 1 1 1 16 48 32 Stockbridge Are you currently a member of any of the following organizations? Region Chelsea Dexter Manchester Grass Lake Stockbridge Social Clubs Service Clubs 18(18) 17 (12) 17 (13) 13 (13) 17 (13) 21 (15) 23 (17) 16 (14) 12 (10) 19 (17) No group or org. Other 15 (19) 4 (5) 16 (19) 4 (6) 24 (23) 4 (7) 27 (37) 4 (5) 32 (31) 4 (2) 2022 (2020) 5H Wellness Centers Faith‐based orgs 26 (20) 21 (22) 31 (29) 18 (22) 15 (21) 20 (21) 12 (8) 19 (20) 17 (17) 18 (23)
the last 30 days, how often did you rely on a friend, neighbor, family member or use of public transport to run errands such as visiting a doctor's office or shopping? 2022 Region 10 or more days 5‐9 days 1‐4 days None 1 0 4 94 Chelsea 0 0 4 96 Dexter 1 1 4 94 Manchester 1 1 4 94 Grass Lake 1 2 5 92 Stockbridge
*All numbers are percentages. * * * * *

KEYING UP a Beautiful Partnership in Grass Lake

At the beginning of our Key Club journey, we did not have many members, but we did have big goals. One of our initial projects was to renovate our school's outdoor classroom. The goal was to give our classmates an opportunity to get outside during class. With the proven benefits linked to an increased intake of Vitamin D and improved mental health, my fellow classmates and I figured this would be a perfect introduction to our newly formed club.

It did not stop there. With a priority to provide students with information on mental health and an outlet for stress management, we started brainstorming different ways to bring awareness to our classmates and help our community.

Learning Through Action

High school student members of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects, and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels.

As we gained more members, we became more ambitious. Our meetings focused on a different area of need, whether it be different charitable drives or even just designing different bulletin boards. We also decided that for each idea, we wanted to make sure it was related to the month. For example, in December, our president reached out to the Jackson Interfaith Shelter and requested information on what they needed for the winter. In the end, they told us they needed cough drops, blankets, hand warmers, and other necessities. For our first drive, we experienced great success. In two weeks, we filled up two boxes of goods just in time for Christmas.

Also, during this time, we officially became a part of the Kiwanis organization, or more specifically, Key Club. Key Club is a high school branch of Kiwanis that is a strictly studentled organization whose main purpose is encouraging leadership through serving others.

I can say with confidence that all of our members are excited to see how this club evolves and how it will benefit our school as well as the community around us.

Grass Lake Key Club is supported by the Grass Lake Community Wellness Initiative with a sponsorship grant.

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Main Street Park Alliance Builds a Community Vision


In 1913, Chelsea Screw Works began operations with ten employees and ten screw machines at 500 S. Main. That operation grew with a merger with Federal Screw Works to over 650 employees and remained a thriving business and employer through the 1990s, but ultimately closed in 2005. With the departure of active manufacturing, the property lay vacant with multiple developers approaching and finding that the deed and zoning restrictions, along with environmental contamination made it impossible to successfully redevelop it either commercially or residentially.

Through the vision of local developers Joe Ziolkowski and Abby Hurst, an idea to build a community park was investigated. Recruiting other area residents, outreach efforts ensued to determine the need and desire for the blighted property to be redeveloped as a shared, active, community space. In late 2021, Main Street Park Alliance (MSPA) formalized this grassroots effort as a 501c3 dedicated to exploring environmental remediation and redevelopment via public-private partnership.

According to the National Recreation and Parks Association, a community the size of Chelsea should have 56 acres of parkland. Chelsea has 35 acres, with most of this parkland located on the periphery of the population center. This park is an unusual opportunity to give broad regional access to free play, recreation, community connection, and active space.

Fast forward to 2024 and Main Street Park Alliance is proud of its partnership with the City of Chelsea, 5 Healthy Towns Foundation, the State of Michigan, Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation, as well as numerous local businesses and nonprofit organizations. In partnership with environmental consultants from the City of Chelsea, Washtenaw County, and the State of Michigan, MSPA has performed extensive soil, water, and vapor testing and with input from its environmental partners has developed a safe remediation and due care plan that meets or exceeds the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) requirements. With the approval of the State of Michigan, environmental remediation will begin in 2024.

In the fall of 2023, the Main Street Park Alliance and VIRIDIS Design Group initiated a comprehensive community engagement process that included residents, stakeholders, and organizations from West Washtenaw County. The process involved an online survey for both adults and youth, focus group discussions with students, accessibility groups, nearby neighbors, city staff, members of the senior communities, park and recreation organizations and a community open house event at the Chelsea Depot. VIRIDIS estimates that more than

1000 people contributed to the initial design process, which they were thrilled about. VIRIDIS indicated that the level of engagement is more typical for a community the size of Grand Rapids.

Informed by this extensive community and stakeholder input, MSPA revealed the initial design concepts to the public on February 13. The space will be designed to allow access and inclusion for all ages and abilities. Upon successful safe remediation, park construction will commence in 2025.

Visit mainstreetpark.org to see the plans and learn how to get involved.



Maybe you're familiar with a family facing challenges – a young adult appearing depressed, withdrawn, struggling to find a job or afford an apartment, all of which contribute to heightened stress within her whole family. The mom is anxious, worried, unable to sleep, and relies on wine or marijuana every night to cope. She is stressed about bills, a car that needs repairs, and her husband’s lingering medical problems. Perhaps there's even deeper reliance on substance use, and you witness this family caught in a cycle of struggles, unable to break free or move forward.

Could this family be your own?

As a Family Medicine physician, I often encounter this scenario in our communities. While solutions may not always be simple or readily available, reaching out can sometimes illuminate a path forward. One starting point is entrusting your primary care provider with these very sensitive and complex stressors.

Engaging in open and honest communication with your medical provider can be pivotal in moving forward. Trust forms the foundation of the patientmedical provider relationship, allowing us to help guide patients to improved health through lifestyle changes, help address safety concerns, understand and guide patients on any substance use, and devise a more effective treatment plan based on a comprehensive understanding of all the factors affecting your life – both social and medical.

Medical practices in the area want to help you chart a course out of these cycles. Sometimes this includes support for the family including guidance on sleep, exercise, nutrition. They can offer support for symptoms like insomnia, depression, and anxiety. Substance use can often exacerbate problems in the long run, and medical providers can offer guidance, treatment, or referrals if necessary. They can also offer assistance with safety planning for situations that feel overwhelming.

Many practices in the area have the ability to tap into community resources or connect you with social workers to address larger issues that seem like roadblocks, from accessing job training and education programs to receiving assistance with housing, utilities, or car repairs. Although these programs may not always be readily available, your trusted medical providers are there to help you navigate them if possible. Websites like One Big Connection (www. onebigconnection.org) and Find Help (www.findhelp. org) can also serve as valuable starting points.

Medical providers consider themselves your allies in the journey toward improved health—covering the realms of physical, mental, and social well-being. It's essential that you feel comfortable being open and honest with your healthcare team about any social factors affecting your health.



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Community Collaboration is the Heart of the ORS Race Series

Every July, the Grass Lake community comes together to host Traffic Jam’in. The annual event includes good music and food and one of the most popular running events in the 5 Healthy Towns service area, the Traffic Jam’in 5k Run/Walk and the 1 mile Family Fun Run!

First held in 2011, the 5k and fun run is a signature event for Grass Lake and strongly supported by the Grass Lake Road Runners running group. More than 30 volunteers come together to promote the event, help with packet pickup, race day registration, course marshals and providing finish line support.

“Along with Grass Lake Road Runner volunteers, we of course receive support from ORS and additional support from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Grass Lake Fire Department, Village of Grass Lake, Grass Lake Charter Township and many more,” said Road Runners founder and Race Director Dawn Cuddie.

The Road Runners hard work has paid off. The event has grown from about 50 in 2016 to 357 participants in 2023. The race also became part of the ORS (Orthopedic Rehab Specialists) Race Series in 2021. The ORS Race Series has a rich history in the greater Jackson community. Previously known as the Citizen Patriot Series, with four races in 1987, and 34 runners competing in all four. Over the years it grew to 8 races, and in 1995 added a competitive walk portion.

Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists, PC, or ORS is a privately owned and operated Physical Therapy Company that also began in Jackson in 1987. Our mission is to provide patients with the highest standard of care developed around individualized goals, and to empower community members to live healthy, active lifestyles. We live that mission within our clinic walls but also as ambassadors within our communities.

When ORS was asked to become a supporting sponsor and organizer for the race series, we couldn’t say no. For a race event to be considered part of our series, it needs to have a running portion, a 5K walk, AND a kids run. Our community-based, family-friendly events are structured so that anyone of any age, and any fitness level can participate.

As our largest community-based health and wellness initiative, the race series continues to grow and prosper in the Jackson area and beyond. Participants bring their children, parents, and before you know it, the whole family is having fun together. More importantly, the people who share their stories of how the series has helped them achieve their health goals, held them accountable to putting themselves first, has been the true icing on the cake.

Check out the 2024 schedule at ORSRACESERIES.COM









Yvonne, a former attorney who worked for Legal Services, handled many eviction defense cases in the past, and saw first-hand how unstable housing could be a barrier to a healthy life. Now with a Master’s in Public Administration, she continues her work in the housing sector and works tirelessly to educate the community about issues affecting older adults and their housing. She also conducts outreach to other agencies in Washtenaw County as well as surrounding counties and within the health care system to facilitate referrals to the Housing Bureau for Seniors and increase housing security for older adults.


Hearing loss

Memory loss

Tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears)

Wax prevention and removal

Dizziness and balance concerns

Hearing aids

Hearing protection

Communication strategies

Sleep plugs, musician


“It’s finally catching on that housing is healthcare. When individuals have safe and affordable housing, they are happier and healthier. I see many older adults whose housing needs have changed because of aging related factors that they may not have anticipated – mobility issues, isolation and loneliness, reduced incomes. Housing security is a major challenge in our region, and rural communities see a high proportion of foreclosures in general. In my work, I want to bring my knowledge and experience to the conversation and help older adults to easily access the resources they need.” The Housing Bureau for Seniors services are free and available to all older adults (55+) regardless of where they receive health care.”

As a member of Action Team 2, Yvonne is happy to meet more community residents who she can network with when issues and problems arise. As a vital condition for positive mental health, housing represents an important part of our work to support older adults who want to stay in their homes. You can learn more about the Housing Bureau for Seniors at https://www.michiganmedicine.org/ community/community-health-services/housingbureau-seniors or call 734-998-9339

Housing Bureau for Seniors is a program of University of Michigan Community Health Services

Meet — YVONNE CUDNEY Community Outreach and Education Coordinator
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The change in policy is one example of how 5 Healthy Towns strives to examine our policies and practices to ensure we create the greatest impact and opportunity for all. Since the change, 39 teens have joined the centers in Chelsea, Dexter, and Stockbridge.

That’s why, in 2023, 5HF amended its membership policy to give greater opportunity to teens in the 5 Healthy Towns region wishing to use the wellness centers. Teens between the ages of 14 and 17 can now become members without requiring that a parent maintains a membership.

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Specific classes are also available to teens in both Chelsea and Dexter, indicated by a Z in front of the class name and typically made available to coincide with the end of the school day.

If you, or your teen is looking to get connected to wellness and a healthy social scene, we encourage you to pay our centers a visit!

Financial Assistance is available by request.

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SRSLY’s Pledge to Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Prevention

Since 2008, SRSLY has maintained a steadfast commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles among youth and has fluidly adapted to the dynamic challenges teens face in their communities.

The expansion of SRSLY’s mission to support youth mental health in collaboration with substance use prevention underscores the coalition’s understanding of the complex interplay between the two; mental health issues often coexist with substance use disorder and can even contribute to or exacerbate use. Addressing mental health alongside substance use prevention enhances these efforts’ effectiveness by targeting underlying factors that may contribute to risky behaviors.

“SRSLY always recognized mental health’s role in substance use prevention, but it emerged as an urgent need post-COVID,

so we formally expanded our mission to address it,” said Kate Yocum, SRSLY Chelsea’s Program Director. “In 2018, SRSLY Chelsea rebranded, integrated mental health and increased our capacity for supporting local families.”

SRSLY Program Directors Alex Duranczyk (Manchester), Emily Stewart (Stockbridge) and Chrissie Kremzier (Dexter) recognized the same cry for help in their communities as youth returned to “normal life” postpandemic, and swiftly modified their efforts to incorporate mental health support.

“Shifting some of SRSLY Dexter’s focus to mental health has been a great way to engage more youth and community partners,” Kremzier said. “Mental health has been a struggle for most, especially over the last few years, and youth are not immune to that. Students today seem really open to talking about mental health and want to do what they can to reduce stigma and support others who may be struggling.”

SRSLY not only provides youth with resources for professional mental health services, but also promotes Teen Mental Health First Aid courses, facilitates youth-led anti-stigma mental health awareness campaigns, and teaches stress management and coping strategies.

As the Drug Free Communities federal grant ends for both SRSLY Dexter and SRSLY Stockbridge, these coalitions are tasked with the added challenges of sustainability and fundraising to extend their programming beyond September 2024. Nevertheless, SRSLY aims to continue providing quality substance use prevention and mental health support.

Yocum sums it up best, declaring “we strive to forge a new pathway that is better for our teens than the one we experienced, one with no gaps in the system and where every child has someone in their corner.”

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Chrissie is a former middle school teacher who worked to build positive relationships with students by creating a safe, welcoming, and comfortable classroom environment. She guided her students’ academic journey but aspired to do even more for children in the community. As the director of SRSLY Dexter — a youth substance use prevention coalition that receives support from Trinity Health/Chelsea Hospital, among other local organizations — she connects with many amazing kids in this role.

“One of the biggest things I have learned in my work is that everyone is struggling with something. It is easy to make assumptions about other people’s lives or why someone may be acting a certain way, or why they may be making what we view to be ‘poor choices.’ But you just never know what someone is going through until you ask and listen. I think it becomes so much easier to help and support others when you take the time to learn about the path they’ve walked, what they are facing, and how that feels to them.”

As a member of Action Team 3, Chrissie contributes to the discussion about youth and adult substance use, and the challenges faced by many individuals in our community. Because burnout and stress are at an all-time high and availability of mental health providers is at a low, it sometimes feels impossible to address all these challenges. “I believe even small choices can make a difference in both problematic substance use and mental health struggles, and a great starting place is simply talking about it to help reduce the stigma. Our work focuses on bolstering protective factors like positive social connections for youth, helpful and constructive family connections, and leadership and social emotional/coping skills. Supporting these protective factors in our community is so important in helping individuals and families to improve mental health and well-being.”

You can connect with SRSLY Dexter on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/srslydextermi/ or on their website at www.srslydexter.org


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Matt is a social worker who works with the suicide prevention team at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. His passion for this work came from his desire to help those experiencing adversities in life. Many people suffer with everyday challenges, but some may find themselves amid a crisis. As a member of the suicide prevention team, Matt contributes to this work by collaborating with communities to build upstream approaches to suicide prevention. The idea is, by providing access to resources and support ahead of time, we can prevent situations from escalating into a potentially life-threatening crisis.

“The suicide prevention program at the VA offers real resources to people in our community. There are several clinical services available for Veterans, and a Veterans Crisis Line that’s available 24/7. On the community side, it is rewarding to support community coalitions like the One Big Thing that focus on Veteran suicide prevention”.

As a member of Action Team 1, we know that we are living in a world that looks vastly different from even just a few years ago. It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic shook us at our core—both as a society and as individuals. One important impact was on the mental health of individuals and families. Our hope is that by working together and reaching out to prevent isolation, we can build relationships and use technology to improve connections and sense of purpose. Now more than ever, communities must come together to address these new challenges and find innovative ways to improve the health of their communities. I’m happy to say that the One Big Thing initiative is doing just that.

“There is a saying that summarizes our goal to include people in this work who have walked this path: Nothing About Us Without Us. Suicide prevention is everyone’s business, and we all have a role to play.”

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Breaking Borders

In 2021, 5 Healthy Towns Foundation (5HF) launched a new funding model to help area non-profits and service providers bring programs and initiatives to our service area. The idea behind our Regional Funding model was to help create economies of scale – helping cost sharing - while breaking down potential barriers between communities.

5HF’s Committee for Strategic Impact (CSI) reviewed data from the 5 Healthy Towns survey, Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance Surveys (BRFSS), Promoting Active Communities and Nutrition Environment Assessment Tools, and census information. Using the combined information and community insight, CSI set priorities to fund projects that included at least three of the five communities, had proof of community partnerships, and addressed at least one of the following areas – General Isolation, Physical Activity Opportunities or Food Access. Proposals also were encouraged to keep in mind 5HF’s four pillars of Eat Better, Move More, Connect with Others in Healthy Ways and Avoiding Unhealthy Substances.

Since the start of the program, five proposals have received grants from 5HF. The funded proposals include:

• A joint Senior Center program focused on creating caregiver support through dementia-friendly communities.

• Food access and education at several of the area farmers markets.

• Early childhood education movement program in all five school districts, called Bob-a-Loo.

• Expansion of Ballet Chelsea’s popular Adaptive Movement (Movin’ and Groovin’) program.

• A Community Health Worker serving residents throughout the region.

In February 2024, 5HF awarded $90,000 to Chelsea Hospital for the creation of a full-time Community Health Worker (CHW) position. The grant funded position is a 2-year pilot that will assist people in navigating insurance sign up, connect people in need with food assistance options and help community members find local resources. The program is just getting underway and more information about the CHW’s community schedule will be available soon.

Chelsea Senior Center received $45,880 to provide support for area seniors living with cognitive changes and memory loss and their unpaid care partners who support them. The pilot program


has been developed and implemented at the Chelsea Senior Center (CSC). Phase 2 of the program involves CSC mentoring other senior centers within the 5 Healthy Towns. Phase 3 will involves rolling out a dementia community awareness program for our region.

During the first year of the pilot program, CSC started the Connections Memory Café, Chat to Heal caregiver support group and Brain and Body Wellness Workshops. The Memory Café provides a place for individuals living with brain changes and their caregivers to have fun together and connect with others in similar situations. The Chat to Heal workshops are hour-long, facilitated support sessions for caregivers of those affected by dementia. Brain and Body workshops are for people living with mild brain changes or memory loss, and those who want to strengthen brain & body. They learn, share, and engage about how memory works, and how it can be enhanced with brain exercises, memory techniques, physical activity, creative arts, and by simply having fun together! People can learn more about CSC’s Memory Café offerings at chelseaseniors.org/programsactivities/memory-support-programs/

Phase two of the Memory Care activities has started rolling out. Grass Lake Senior Center started its own Memory Café program. The Café is held the 2nd Monday of every month from 2-3:30 pm at Grass Lake Assembly of God Church. Interested community members can call 517.522.8466 for more information!

Conversations are being had with Dexter and Stockbridge Senior Centers to determine the appropriate next steps in their respective communities.

Chelsea, Grass Lake, Manchester (Acorn) Farmers Market and the Open Air Market of Stockbridge joined forces to provide food assistance options at their respective markets beyond what is available. The assistance is intended for individuals and families who may not fall within the allowed limits of government assistance programs but still need help purchasing fresh produce.

Since the program was funded, 84 Chelsea, 28 Grass Lake, 44 Manchester and 33 Stockbridge households received support to purchase fresh produce and foods from local vendors. Additional funding was used by the markets to support music and other live demonstrations at the markets themselves. For more information about food assistance programs, contact your market manager or Grass Lake Senior Center, Manchester Community Resource Center, or Stockbridge Community Outreach.


for a more detailed recap about Bob-a-loo and Movin’ and Groovin’ in the Fall/Winter edition of Connected. Until then you can enjoy Boba-Loo’s exercise videos on youtube (search for Bob-a-loo Healthy Kids Start Here) and Adaptive Movement at Balletchelsea.org.

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If You Want to Go Fast, Go Alone. If You Want to Go Far, Go Together. ~ African Proverb

We could all benefit from assessing our points of view about healthy aging. That’s what Maurine Nelson says in her role as an advocate for older adults in the 5 Healthy Towns region.

As a local community leader committed to education about aging, Maurine walks the walk and talks the talk, both personally and as a volunteer. Over the years, she has been instrumental in the launch of Adult Learners Institute of Chelsea, a unique initiative built on a national model of life-long learning; Silver Solutions Network, a small group of committed volunteers who work with the senior centers to match older adults with part-time jobs and volunteer opportunities for meaningful work after retirement; and Seniors Asking Seniors, an open forum to learn more about the stages we all go through as we age. Maurine was also a key leader in the creation of Health Ministry in Action, an initiative to support local faith leaders and wellness in their congregations. Most recently, Maurine has worked with the pastors in the Grass Lake community. She stays busy and is a role model for healthy and productive aging herself.

“Collaboration is key to the success of every project I have been part of,” said Maurine. “Partnerships are important because they bring new perspectives that contribute to the whole piece and build community.”

Fostering positive interactions across the generations is a strategy for breaking down the barriers that exist and promoting a healthy viewpoint of what older adults can do.

“Aging doesn’t mean decline,” said Maurine. “Aging means new opportunities and use of wisdom and experience.”

One of Maurine’s key community partners is Dick Dice, who shared: “It has been my privilege to partner with Maurine in Silver Solutions Network from the beginning. For taking idea to reality, she is always there with a ‘lesson plan.’ If things drift off course, it’s time to ‘review the bidding’. If you want to get something done, just tell Maurine it can’t be done – because it was tried before and didn’t work. Then watch what happens.”

In Maurine’s view, today’s seniors are reshaping our expectations of what aging means, rejecting old stereotypes of seniors as frail, and embracing seniors as active, healthy community assets. Accepting people for what they bring to the conversation and how they can contribute is the only way to approach “seniorhood.”

In 2019, Health Ministry in Action was formed to create more support of local faith organizations and their commitment to whole person wellness.

Check out Adult Learners Institute at alimichigan.org Connect with Silver Solutions Network at SilverSolutionsNetwork.wordpress.com



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As the Farmers Markets in our 5 Healthy Towns prepare to open for the season, be ready to enjoy some fresh and delicious Michigan fruits and vegetables.



2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 pound asparagus, wood ends trimmed, chopped into 1-inch pieces

¼ teaspoon sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice



Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add asparagus, salt, several grinds of pepper and saute, stirring often for 3-6 minutes, or until tender.

2. Remove from heat and toss with the lemon juice. Season to taste.

Recipe From Love & Lemons.com

BAKED PEACHES with Brown Sugar


¼ cup unsalted butter, softened

1 tablespoon light brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

4 small fresh peaches, halved and pitted

Vanilla ice cream or strained Greek yogurt


1. Arrange peaches cut-side down on top of the butter mixture. Bake until tender, 20 to 25 minutes, basting the tops of the peaches with the melted butter mixture halfway through. Divide the peaches cut-side up, among 4 small plates. Serve with ice cream or yogurt.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Stir in butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla together in a small bowl until combined. Spread the mixture evenly in the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

2. Recipe from eatingwell.com



G LUTEN-FREE Rhubarb Crisp


5 cups rhubarb cut into 1 inch diagonal pieces

½ cup organic cane sugar

2 tablespoons tapioca starch

Juice of one lemon

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Crisp Topping:

½ cup old fashioned oats

½ cup oat flour

1 tablespoon tapioca starch

¼ cup raw pepitas, finely ground (can also use almond flour)

¼ cup raw sunflower seeds

1/3 cup organic brown sugar, not packed

2 tablespoons organic cane sugar

¼ teaspoon fine sea salt

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted



Mix all filling ingredients together and let sit while preparing the crisp topping.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together all topping ingredients, everything but the butter. Then stir in the melted butter, and fully combine.

3. Add filling to a 9 or 10-inch baking dish or, 10 inch cast iron skillet. Top with crumble, leaving about ½ inch gap around the edges so you can see the rhubarb peak through

4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake crisp for 40 minutes, until fruit is softened and bubbling

5. Let cool for 20-30 minutes before eating with vanilla ice cream.



One bunch of Swiss chard approximately 6-8 stems

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced ¼ cup of water

Kosher salt to taste




Remove the stems at the bottom of the leaves and slice them up. Roll the leaves into a cigar-like shape and slice across horizontally in 1"-wide strips

Heat the olive oil in a saute pan on medium heat. Add the minced garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Then add the water and chard stems and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until softened

3. Sprinkle with salt and serve.

Add the leaves and cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes until the chard leaves wilt down.

4. If you want to add some protein, white beans or eggs taste delicious.

5. Recipe from Downshiftology.com


BRAISED SNAP BEANS with Tomatoes and Garlic


2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 large onion thinly sliced 12 garlic cloves, 6 minced

1 ½ teaspoons sweet paprika

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 ½ pounds snap beans

1 16 oz. can diced tomatoes – fresh cherry tomatoes even better.

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper




In a large, deep skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Add the sliced onion and cook over moderate heat until translucent and softened, about 8 minutes. Add the minced garlic, paprika, and cayenne pepper and cook, stirring until fragrant, about 2 minutes, tossing to coat the beans.

Pour the diced tomatoes and their juices into the skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the green beans are very tender, about 40 minutes. Season the braised green beans with salt and pepper. Transfer them to a platter and serve warm

Recipe from Food&Wine.com




½ cup plain yogurt

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 egg whites

½ teaspoon lemon extract (Optional)

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

¾ cup white sugar (Optional)

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

1 cup raspberries



Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 12 cup muffin tin, or line with paper liners.

1. In a large bowl, mix together the yogurt, oil, lemon juice, egg whites, and, if using, lemon extract. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and mix until just blended. Gently stir in the raspberries. Spoon batter evenly into the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle remaining sugar over the tops for decoration, if desired.


Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top springs back when lightly touched. Cool muffins in the tin on a wire rack.

Recipe from Allrecipes.com

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Start by taking the Pledge of Kindness

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Start by taking the Pledge of Kindness

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J U L Y – J o k e – T e l l a j o k e a n d b r i g h t e n s o m e o n e ’ s day.

A UGUS T – Acc e p t i n g – B e accept i n g of e v e r y o n e

S EPTEMB ER – S mi le – S mi le at ev er yon e .

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Are you looking for local resources in our 5 Healthy Towns area that can assist with Basic Needs, Housing and Transportation, LifeLong Learning, Natural World, Physical Activity, or Social Support opportunities? Visit onebigconnection.org/obc-local-resources to learn more about these partners and local resources.

The Resource Directory allows local non-profit service providers to post their own information and events at no cost to the organization. To learn more email matt@5healthytowns.org

100 Women Who Care – Chelsea Area

5 Healthy Towns Foundation

Adrian Veterans Administration Clinic

Adult Learners Institute of Chelsea

Arbor Hospice

Beckwith Preserve – Stockbridge

Big Red Barrel – Chelsea

Big Red Barrel – Dexter

Big Red Barrel – Grass Lake

Big Red Barrel – Manchester

Big Red Barrel – Unadilla Township

Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor

Capital Area District Library – Stockbridge Branch*

Carr Park – Manchester

Celebrate Recovery – Community Crossroads

Church, Stockbridge

Chelsea Area Historical Society

Chelsea Community Forum

Chelsea Community Foundation

Chelsea Farmers Market

Chelsea Friends and Family Wellness Coalition

Chelsea Hospital

—Diabetes Education and Prevention Program


—Nutrition Consultants and Education

—Outpatient Behavioral Services

—Sleep Disorder Center


Chelsea Retirement Community

Chelsea Senior Center

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Chelsea Wellness Center

ChelseaCare Home Medical Equipment

Chi-Bro Park – Manchester

College Access and Career Center

Dexter BSA Troop 456*

Dexter BSA Troop 3456*

Dexter Forum

Dexter Senior Center

Dexter Wellness Center

Dexter Wellness Coalition

Dexter Winter Farmers Market

Eddy Discovery Center

Faith in Action Chelsea/Dexter

Grass Lake Community Events Park

Grass Lake Community Wellness Initiative

Grass Lake County Park

Grass Lake Education Foundation

Grass Lake Farmers Market

Grass Lake Road Runners

Grass Lake Senior Center

Grass Lake Township Sports and Trails Park

Grass Lake Whistlestop Depot and Park

Henry Ford Orthopedics – Chelsea

Henry Ford Same-Day Care – Chelsea

Housing Bureau for Seniors

Huron Valley Area Intergroup

(Addiction support groups)

Jackson County 12-step programs

Jackson County Health Department

Jackson District Library

Jackson District Library – Grass Lake Branch

Jackson District Library – Henrietta Branch

Jackson Veterans Administration Clinic

Kirk Park – Manchester

Manchester American Legion Auxiliary Unit 117

Manchester Area Historical Society

Manchester Community Resource Center

Manchester Community Schools

Manchester Lions Club

Manchester Masonic Lodge #148

Manchester Michigan T.O.P.S. – Taking Off Pounds


Manchester United Methodist Church

Manchester Wellness Center

Manchester Wellness Coalition

Mental Health Awareness and Training (MHAT)

MSU Extension

Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Park

Mill Creek Park – Dexter

Mindful Dexter

Monitor Base Ball Club of Chelsea


Munith Community Park

National Kidney Foundation of Michigan

Next Steps Rec

Open Air Market of Stockbridge

Pierce Park – Chelsea

Pinckney State Recreation Area

Potawatomi Mountain Bike Association

Program to Educate All Cyclists (PEAC)

Rotary Club of Dexter

Silver Maples of Chelsea

SRSLY Chelsea

SRSLY Dexter

SRSLY Manchester

SRSLY Stockbridge

St. Louis Center

Stockbridge Area Educational Foundation

Stockbridge Area Senior Center

Stockbridge Area Wellness Coalition

Stockbridge Community Education

Stockbridge Community Outreach

Stockbridge Lions Club

Stockbridge Wellness Center

The Cedars of Dexter

The Copper Nail

The Pines Senior Apartments – Chelsea

Timber Creek Counseling

Timbertown Park – Chelsea

Veterans Administration Ann Arbor Healthcare System

Veterans Memorial Park – Chelsea

Veterans Memorial Park – Stockbridge

Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development

Waterloo Recreation Area

Webster Township Historical Society

Wellwise Services Area Agency on Aging

Western-Washtenaw Area Value Express (W.A.V.E)

Worth Repeating – Manchester

Wurster Park


What It Means to ReThinking WORK TOGETHER

In 2019, 5 Healthy Towns Foundation partnered with Chelsea Hospital, Michigan Medicine/Department of Family Medicine, and Washtenaw County Community Mental Health, to explore how each organization’s work could align differently to address mental health and well-being in the region. This work was supported by ReThink Health, an initiative of The Rippel Foundation.

A Stewardship Council was established to oversee the efforts, and a Core Team representing each partner organization continues to meet each month to keep the momentum moving forward. Now almost 5 years after the inception of this initiative, One Big Thing is celebrating some success.

In late 2022, One Big Thing established three action teams and invited the community to join the conversation about mental health and emotional well-being. Quarterly community-wide meetings, 5 to date, have allowed many voices to be heard, to provide input and guidance on improving vital conditions for mental health. In the first meeting, 60 individuals were invited to participate; as of January 2024, almost 150 community members are now included.

One Big Thing is just getting started.

In this issue, you will meet three action team representatives and learn about their commitment to creating conditions that everyone needs to thrive.

The action teams, devoted to improving (1) sense of purpose and reducing isolation; (2) access to mental health services; and (3) prevention of substance use disorders, align with community needs. Building on a strong foundation of collaboration, each action team has identified short- and long-term objectives, using data-driven decision-making to shape its efforts.

Today, One Big Thing relies on a variety of communication efforts and OneBigConnection.org as a host platform for partners to list resources. Any non-profit organization can post their services at no charge, and other organizations can list resources for a nominal one-time fee.

Moving forward, One Big Thing provides opportunities for local residents to get involved and drive change. The Stewardship Council is expanding, and their shared vision will inspire how our local community can impact the complexities of the mental health system. In turn, it is our hope that the perspectives shared by community members will drive real change.

For more information, contact 5 Healthy Towns Foundation at 734-433-4599.


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We were thrilled to support over 75 organizations, clubs, & community events in the Chelsea/Dexter and surrounding communities!

Our Bank Officers collectively served more than 21 different boards/committees.

With support from our generous customers and employees, CSB matched and donated funds to four local nonprofits.

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