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Happy New Year to each of you, and my hope is that 2018 will be a prosper- ous year for each of you and for our district and the great state of Michigan.
In this article are a few of the issues we’ve voted on in the past several weeks in the House of Representatives. In addition to the bills below, my bill to eliminate Michigan State Park fees for disabled Veterans passed in the House in December. The measure allows hon- orably discharged Veterans who provide proof of their 100-percent disabled sta- tus to the Secretary of State to have the state park passport fee waived.
Veterans can simply use the docu- mentation that the federal government provides, which details their approved status as 100-percent disabled, to get their state park passport for free. This way, for the disabled Veterans who would rather not advertise their disabil- ity status with a license plate, can still access and enjoy our state’s parks at no cost.
In other news at the House of Representatives:
The bipartisan House CARES Task Force was created to help Michigan residents with mental health challenges live happier, healthier, and more inde- pendent lives.
The task force held meetings throughout the summer and early fall to receive input from individuals and professionals around the state and tour facilities to gain a better understand- ing of programs already available. This allowed the team to gather feedback on a wide variety of topics related to
mental health care, opioid abuse, reha- bilitation programs, and vocational training.
We wanted to make sure the people of Michigan were part of the process, so we encouraged them to share their ideas. Information gathered at CARES meetings will help legislators develop solutions to improve services for people experiencing mental illness.
I also helped pass common-sense legislation to increase transparency and accountability in state government. Our bills require the governor to be subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The legislation also creates a similar trans- parency requirement for all state legis- lators.
Michigan is one of only two states that still exempts its governor, lieuten- ant governor, and the Legislature from sunshine laws. It’s time we remove these exemptions and help improve government accountability.
Finally, I voted in favor of legisla- tion to prohibit local governments from imposing taxes on the manufacture, distribution, and sale of food and bever- ages.
Purchasing groceries can represent
a large portion of a family’s monthly budget, and our bill prevents local com- munities from placing an undue burden on families and farmers. Taxes on gro- ceries would have a tremendously nega- tive impact on families who are living paycheck to paycheck and seniors liv- ing on fixed incomes.
Please contact my office if you have any questions about state government at (517) 373-0555 or email drjohnbizon@
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State Rep. John Bizon, M.D., District 62
Pet Therapy –
Helping Patients Heal
By: Carolyn Wyllie, Bronson Battle Creek
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People look to their pets for love, comfort, companionship, entertainment and security. In fact, it is scientifically proven that spending time with animals can have many positive health benefits. Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center has about 25,000 patient visits every year. Each patient is at a differ- ent stage of his or her cancer care. As
a way to offer patients comfort and
to brighten their days, Bronson has introduced a pet therapy program at the Cancer Care Center.
Pet therapy can be beneficial in a variety of ways when it comes to help- ing patients heal. Some of those ways include:
• Reducing overall physical pain
• Decreasing anxiety
• Helping with depression and
reducing feelings of isolation and
• Improving relaxation
• Lowering blood pressure
“Studies have shown that pet therapy results in improved well-being for can- cer patients while also lowering stress and anxiety levels,” says Dr. Randy Mudge, radiation oncologist at Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center. “A cancer diagnosis can be emotionally overwhelming. Our desire is to make the journey through cancer care as posi- tive as possible by offering programs such as this to enhance the patient experience.”
What can someone expect when using the pet therapy services at the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center? Here are a few quick facts.
• Who is the pet therapy dog? Sparty the greyhound is a retired
racing dog and started volunteering at Bronson in Kalamazoo in 2016.
• When can cancer patients use pet therapy? When Sparty is visiting the office, patients are welcome to sit with him as needed. If patients wish to visit him outside of their scheduled appointment they can come to the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center when he is scheduled to visit.
• How do they set up a time for this? Call (269) 245-8660 to find out when Sparty is visiting the Cancer Care Center.
• Are there any restrictions? There aren’t any restrictions with pet ther- apy. Each cancer patient is welcome to use this service.
• Are there other support services available? The Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center offers several support services including an onsite social worker, financial counselor, and dietician, as well as a survivorship program, pastoral care, and advanced illness management.
For more information about the pet therapy program or additional services at the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center, call (269) 245-8660 or visit
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