Community resources

The team at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial to goes above and beyond to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Our efforts aren’t contained to the hospital—we bring our mission and vision out into the community every day. Learn more about our efforts and how you can get involved.

Classes and events

Tamarac Turkey Trot

Make the family-friendly Tamarac Turkey Trot part of your Thanksgiving tradition! This year’s event features a new 1.5 mile Fun Walk, the popular 5K run/walk and a 10K for those hoping to burn a few more calories before Thanksgiving festivities begin. Dogs and strollers are welcome! For more information and to register, please visit https://tamaracwellness.org/turkeytrot.

Get involved with these great classes that are offered at Tamarac and throughout Newaygo County. For more information about programs and services available, call 231.924.3073.

Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies

Join us on the second Thursday of every month as we discuss ways to keep your mind and body healthy. Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies is free and open to the community. Registration is required for this virtual event. Call 231.924.3073 to register or for an upcoming schedule of topics.

Early Childhood Nutrition

Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial’s free Early Childhood Nutrition classes will prepare you for all the changes that happen as your child grows so that you excel at childhood nutrition. This is a two-part series. Participants may attend both classes or choose which age group would be appropriate.

Class 1: Pregnant moms, 0-6 months
Class 2: 6-24 months.

You will receive valuable information that can make feeding time more successful for you and your child. Topics include:

  • Transitioning to solid foods
  • Food safety
  • Bottle weaning
  • Avoiding picky eating pitfalls
  • Nutrition during pregnancy
  • Nutrition for nursing moms
  • Important nutrients for your baby
  • Breastfeeding and bottle feeding

Our classes also include information on nutrition during pregnancy and help with breastfeeding. Join our classes, get useful tips and win a free gift! Registration is required. Please call 231.924.6776.

Cooking Matters

Spectrum Health partners with Share our Strength to offer this programming. Share Our Strength is a national organization working to end childhood hunger by inspiring families to make healthy, affordable food choices. Their programs teach participants with limited food budgets how to shop for and cook healthy meals. Each series lasts 6 weeks with each class lasting 1.5-2 hours; commitment to each class is required. Call 231.924.3073 for more information.

Kidding Around Yoga (Kay)

Children live in a busy world. From the moment they’re born, kids are bombarded with ever-increasing pressures. Kidding Around Yoga will teach your child relaxation techniques they will carry with them throughout their lives.

Join Erica Jordan, community health program specialist, on a peaceful journey through specially composed music, games, stories and fun yoga poses. This class will get children of all ages and abilities motivated and moving.

For more information, call 231.924.3073.

Quit Tobacco and Nicotine Classes

Let us help you quit for good! Free classes in Fremont and Newaygo. Free individual coaching to fit your needs. Classes on-site and online. Free online support group. Free one-month pass to Tamarac.

We will help you:

  • Find the best nicotine replacement for you (patch, gum, lozenge, inhaler)
  • Ask your primary care provider for prescriptions that can help you quit tobacco

Special programs for:

  • Youth
  • Pregnant moms
  • Families who want to quit together

Our Tobacco Treatment Specialists have the tools to help you quit!

Shelly Klochack, MSN, BSN, RN, TTS
michelle.klochack@spectrumhealth.org
231.924.3275

Caitlin Mitchell-Schucker, CHES, TTS
caitlin.mitchell-schucker@spectrumhealth.org
231.924.7589

Question, Persuade, Refer: Suicide Prevention Training

Free, 1 hour training on suicide prevention.

This training is for everyone. It does not set anyone up to be an expert on this subject, as we know there are mental health experts, but also know that these experts are not always available or always the people who someone might initially reach out to in a time of distress. Rather, the training is to help raise awareness on warning signs, risk factors, myths vs. facts, and better equip you on what conversion around this subject looks like, how to support, how to guide, and how to provide hope to someone who is hopeless. Attendees are provided a booklet that includes everything covered during the training as well as a local resource guide for referral information.

To register or inquire about future community offerings please call 231.924.3073.

Community partnerships

Explore some of the ways we work with others across the community to improve health, wellness and quality of life in Fremont and Newaygo County:

Community events

Fairs and festivals bring us together with friends and neighbors while improving the well-being of our community. Learn about some of the events Gerber Memorial helps sponsor each year.

Learn about Spectrum Health, Healthier Communities, or invite us to take part in your community health-related event.

Listening to you

We’re committed to improving the quality of health care in Fremont and the surrounding area. That’s why we invest time in understanding your needs and preferences. Learn about:

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