Grand Rapids (WZZM) - The Grand Rapids African American Health Institute announced several new programs.

One would encourage your children to take control of their health.

The Student Advisory Academy would give students a chance to play a role in the decisions that impact them.

Applicants have to be between 13 and 18 years old and they have to be willing to work on a health related project.

"I really hope they pick something that's realistic, something that can really change," said Kalena Murphy with GRAAHI. "Then it's the ripple effect. Once they do it, their friends will want to do it and maybe the whole school could possibly do it."

The institute also plans to hold a men's health conference.

It will be Saturday, March 16th at the Messiah Missionary Baptist Church on Henry SE in Grand Rapids. The event starts at 7am.

To register, call James Ingram Jr. at 890-3373, Al Hudgins at 452-4855, Marshall Booker Jr. at 475-6651 or Tony Jolliffi Sr. at 331-5835.

The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for youth. For more information about GRAAHI, click here.

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