• Health & Wellness Initiatives through the Chamber
  • The Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce has incorporated and championed health and wellness into its plethora of initiatives. We know that a strong workforce and community are vital to ensuring economic vitality and prosperity. A healthy workforce will have more employees, less turnover, will help to lessen employee absenteeism and will ultimately reduce health costs for employees and employers. For communities, it improves the quality of life for residents.

    The Chamber has specific programming that is focused entirely on wellness. Whether programs designed for actual fitness among the members, or workshops on strategic subjects, we are determined to embed behavioral changes in our membership through these wellness events.
    It is our pleasure announce that several members of the Chamber have stood up to take part in the Annual Health and Wellness Sponsorship that is now being offered. These businesses are: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan/Blue Care Network, Comfort Keepers, Legacy Center and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston. We are thankful for their support in helping us to promote great health and wellness through the membership.

    Special “cooking demonstrations” are also being provided from May – November at the Brighton Farmers’ Market, promoting healthful methods for cooking and eating.
    If you are interested in learning more about the Chamber’s Health and Wellness programming and sponsorship please contact Sophia Freni for programming, sophiaf@brightoncoc.org, and Karla Thomas for sponsorship, karlat@brightoncoc.org, or call us at (810) 227-5086.


    In the course of the last several years, Millennials have shown that they are very different from previous generations in a number of ways. Defined as the generation born from 1981 to 1996, they are the largest, most educated, and most connected generation the world has ever seen. However, recent data also show the beginnings of troubling generational health patterns that could hamper the future prosperity of Millennials, and in turn the prosperity of the U.S. If the current pace of decline in millennial health continues unabated, the long-term consequences to the U.S. economy could be severe. Millennials now make up the largest share of the U.S. population and labor force, placing them at the heart of U.S. economic growth as consumers, workers, and business owners. How their health plays out in the years ahead will determine not only the overall health of the country, but also its potential economic trajectory. By using Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Index data to analyze these questions, we are able to take a much broader and forward-looking view of these impacts relative to previous studies. In our examination of millennial health patterns we have found several interesting and concerning findings, particularly regarding future impacts on healthcare costs and economic activity.


    With the holidays fast approaching, many of us are preparing for our parents and grandparents to visit for the holidays.
    It’s important for seniors and their families to have a plan for how they can safely navigate their new surroundings while enjoying the comfort of family.
    Here are a few things to consider…
    Reducing the risk of a fall in the home can be an important step for seniors that live in their own home. We often think about features in a home that can cause a large fall, like stairs, but even a small fall when trying to stand up or sit down can be extremely dangerous. Comfort Keepers can help with a fall prevention plan to improve safety in the home and reduce the risk of a fall.
    Reviewing the Situation: It can be difficult to identify all the obstacles around the home that can cause a fall. For instance, a floor which changes levels, even by only a single step or an uneven surface, can cause a fall. Even area rugs can pose a risk. For every client, we complete a comprehensive home assessment that includes a check for features in the home that could cause a fall. By working with Comfort Keepers, it's possible to take precautions and build a fall risk care plan that will reduce risk at home.
    Fall Risks and Injuries: Properly understanding fall risk comes down to looking at life from the perspective of a senior. Seniors are more likely to suffer injury from a fall due to age-related physical conditions.
    Broken bones are more likely for seniors, and those injuries may take a long time to heal or require surgery. A senior with limited mobility may have reduced strength and not be able to brace for the fall, resulting in further injury. This is one of the reasons that a home assessment is valuable for senior clients, and why we incorporate information about the features of a home into our care plans.
    Bathroom Safety for Seniors: The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house to evaluate fall risk. Fall risks and senior bathroom safety to consider:
    ·        With humidity or water on the floor, the room may be slippery.
    ·        Stepping in and out of a tub can be challenging.
    ·        As an alternative to the bathtub, a shower safety seat and shower bar are critical.
    ·        Sitting and standing up from the toilet without a handrail may be difficult.
    ·        Curling irons, shaving razors, and other electronic devices near the sink or water may pose risk for injury. 
    Whether it is fall risk reduction or any of our other valuable at-home care services, we will be happy to serve you. Contact Comfort Keepers with questions to get started.
    903 E Clinton St Suite 102
    Howell MI 48843
    Did you know??
    Some quick facts from the American Diabetes Association:
    Prevalence: In 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes.
    Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes.
    Undiagnosed: Of the 30.3 million adults with diabetes, 23.1 million were diagnosed, and 7.2 million were undiagnosed.
    Prevalence in seniors: The percentage of Americans age 65 and older remains high, at 25.2%, or 12.0 million seniors (diagnosed and undiagnosed).
    New cases: 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
    Prediabetes: In 2015, 84.1 million Americans age 18 and older had prediabetes.
    It's not too late!
    Saint Joseph Mercy Health System to host free
    16-week Diabetes Prevention Program beginning in November
    LIVINGSTON, Michigan (Oct. 25, 2019) – Saint Joseph Mercy Health System will host a Diabetes Prevention Program in Ann Arbor and Howell beginning in November. The program will consist of 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance sessions. The Diabetes Prevention Program is intended for anyone at risk of type 2 diabetes. It will help educate participants on strategies to become more active, control food intake, lose weight, manage stress, think positively and more. The program is free, however, registration is required.
    Ann Arbor 
    St. Luke Lutheran Church
    4205 Washtenaw Ave.
    Ann Arbor
    16 Week Classes Began:
    Thursday, November 7
    6:00 - 7:00pm
    To register, please call 734-593-5276 or visit stjoeshealth.org and click Classes and Events
    First United Methodist Church
    1230 Bower Street
    16 Week Classes Began:
    Tuesdays, November 5
    3:30 - 4:30pm OR 5:30 - 6:30pm
    To register, please call 517-545-5245 or visit stjoeshealth.org and click Classes and Events


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