Ottawa County iReport video accepted for CNN’s news coverage

“Convince us your city/county is healthy” assignment


The Ottawa County Dancing in Grand Haven on the Boardwalk video was provided by Grace Farr Stanton, resident of Grand Haven, and submitted to the CNN iReport assignment: “Convince us your city/county is healthy”. CNN iReport producers review the most compelling, important and urgent iReports and select the cities or counties that make wellness a priority. Grace’s video was cleared for CNN and made a part of their news coverage. CNN receives, on average, 500 iReports a day, and a fraction of those are approved. (Look for the red “CNN iReport” stamp to see which stories have been verified.)

CNN producer’s note – Grand Haven, Michigan, resident Grace Farr Stanton enjoys going to weekly waterfront dances during the summer. “I love dancing and music and being outdoors, and what could be nicer than doing all three and in such a beautiful setting as the boardwalk along the Grand River?” asked the 74-year-old retiree, who filmed this video. Her submission was uploaded on her behalf by Kristina Wieghmink, Communications Specialist at Ottawa County Department of Public Health. – zdan, CNN iReport producer

Here’s what Grace had to say:
“My name is Grace Farr Stanton.  I’m a resident of Grand Haven – a city in Ottawa County, Michigan. Ottawa County has been nationally recognized three times this year as being among the healthiest, safest and most pleasant areas in which to live. People come from miles around (Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Holland) to enjoy this summer treat. Featured in this video is a group of special needs young adults, who came from their camping experience at nearby Grand Valley State University. Several of the regular dancers mingled and danced with the guests; all of whom were obviously having a most enjoyable time. Dancing opportunities are plentiful in our community. Whether one’s preference is ballroom, line dancing, country, zumba, tai chi and even belly dancing – it’s here in Ottawa County. Not only does dance have the physical advantage of exercise, the social interactions are most beneficial. There are weekly Boot Scooter parties and pubs with dance combos, especially on weekends. The Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging is one of the venues for classes in tai chi, zumba, belly dancing, tap, etc. Perhaps, the most pleasant dances of the year are the Wednesday Waterfront Dances held along the Grand Haven City waterfront during the summer months of June, July, and August. The Grand River is a tranquilizing backdrop as boats and kayaks glide by. Great musicians play in the band shell and offer a variety of tunes for listening and dancing, anywhere from swing to tango, fox trots, waltzes, polkas and line dancing. The bleachers at the dancing area are connected to a two mile boardwalk route along the Grand River, where locals and visitors are accustomed to walking on the pier.” – Grace Farr Stanton, resident of Grand Haven

View other Ottawa County iReport submissions. By selecting the favorite button, it helps CNN producers know which stories are generating a buzz. Enter your own video at

Jennifer D. Sorek, MA, MEP
Public Health Preparedness Coordinator
Ottawa County Department of Public Health


Lisa Uganski, RD
Dietitian / Health Educator
Ottawa County Department of Public Health

Anastasia Endres-Bercher, BS & Jessica Voglewede, BS
Environmental Health Specialists
Ottawa County Department of Public Health


Heather Alberda, BA
Sexuality Educator
Ottawa County Department of Public Health

Kristina Wieghmink, M.Ed.
Communications Specialist
Ottawa County Department of Public Health



Submitted by Kristina Wieghmink, M.Ed., Communications Specialist, Ottawa County Department of Public Health


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