The Rapidian


Wellness professionals join forces to bring mind-body connection to community

Submitted 04-06-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

The Wellness Collective GR brings many natural health services under one roof, making resources such as massage therapy, nutrition counseling and naturopathy more readily available to the community.


Life EMS Ambulance exchanges ambulance fee for volunteer work

Submitted 04-03-2015 under NEWS

The ambulance company is striving to help Grand Rapidians with their ambulance bills through payment plans, volunteer opportunities to work off debt and an ambulance membership program.


Community organizations work to improve bicycle accessibility for transportation

Submitted 03-31-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Spoke Folks, Boston Square Community Bikes and the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition are all working to make biking accessible and safe in our city.


Breastfeeding rights under scrutiny

Submitted 03-25-2015 under VOICES

As a nursing mother I was denied my right to nurse my child as needed. Despite Michigan's “Breastfeeding Antidiscrimination Act," I was directed to nurse only in a small study space. Grand Rapids Public Library needs to take steps to create a a safe, welcoming breastfeeding environment.


DisArt leaders prepare reporters, videographers to help tell story of upcoming disability art festival

Submitted 03-25-2015 under NONPROFITS

In preparation for our coverage of the DisArt Festival, leaders from DisArt and Disability Advocates helped our Rapidian and GRTV volunteers get ready to report on disability with respect and education.


Grand Rapids Ballet adult classes open company to community

Submitted 03-24-2015 under NONPROFITS

If you’re looking to change up your mid-2000s exercise routine from yoga, pilates and zumba, consider trying one of Grand Rapids Ballet’s adult classes.


Yoga startup grounds itself in community

Submitted 03-24-2015 under NEWS

Local yoga instructors Ashley Yost and Mali Jane aim to make yoga accessible with their new venture, AM Yoga.


4th annual Women and Environment Symposium explores environmental justice issues, solutions

Submitted 03-23-2015 under NEWS

At this year’s Women and Environment Symposium, speakers discussed environmental justice and related topics such as healthy homes and family health, inclusion and localizing food.


Have you considered growing your own healthy food?

Submitted 03-18-2015 under NONPROFITS

Our Kitchen Table (OKT) is currently recruiting residents of the Baxter, SECA/Southtown, Eastown and Garfield Park neighborhoods who would like to grow their own healthy food.


Story Matters: Betty Anne Hevel shares journey as a Gilda's Club volunteer

Submitted 03-16-2015 under NONPROFITS

Betty Anne Hevel first got involved with Gilda's Club when she discovered their services during her husband's battle with cancer. She's been there since the beginning, and utilized Gilda's Club in her own cancer journey.