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SmartER: How Overcrowded Are Our Emergency Rooms?

How many people surrounded you the last time you visited the ER?  Between 1995 and 2010, annual ER visits in the U.S. grew by 34 percent, while the number of hospitals with ERs declined by 11 percent. Emergency medical care is…

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Fixes For the Most Common Vision Problems

For many Michiganders, the words in this blog would be hard to read without glasses or contacts. If that’s you, you aren’t alone. Vision problems affect the majority of Americans: Almost two-thirds of adults in the U.S. rely on prescription…

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Your Next Scavenger Hunt is Only an App Away

Now that fall is here, days will become a little cooler, a little shorter and a lot more colorful. As the weather changes, so do our outdoor activities. Some of us may choose to layer up and take in the…

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Stuffed Acorn Squash is the Perfect Weeknight Dinner

It’s getting darker earlier and the nights are starting to feel crisp, which means it’s beginning to be the season for winter squash. While pumpkins and butternut get all the attention, acorn squash is a fun way to mix up dinner. It’s…

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4 Reasons to Visit the New Grand Traverse Bay YMCA

A new workout hot spot has opened its doors to residents of the Grand Traverse Bay region. The new YMCA on Silver Lake Road in Traverse City is open for business as of Monday, September 22. We took a first…

Fitness

ArtPrize 2014: Our Top 8 Healthy Favorites

If you haven’t checked out this year’s ArtPrize app, there’s a great new feature that lets you make lists of the art that inspires you. We made our own list of paintings, photographs, and installations that we felt celebrated healthy…

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Brush Up On The Best Floss And Toothbrush For You

Good oral hygiene may seem like a cosmetic issue, but the state of your teeth and gums impacts your overall wellbeing (in fact, gum disease is a major risk factor for serious conditions, like heart disease and diabetes). Brushing your teeth…

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#MIKidsCan Monday: 4 Creative Tips to Help Your Child Fall in Love With H20

Water is essential for the body, especially for small bodies that are continuously growing. We all know the many benefits of water but it can be a hard sell for young kids to get on board with drinking water. Understandably…

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#HealthyMe: Running a Tough Mudder (With Video)

My friend and colleague Kyle Hall and I tackled one of the trendiest fitness challenges this past weekend – the obstacle-filled dirt run! We ran the Tough Mudder held Saturday, Sept. 20 in Brooklyn, Michigan at the Michigan International Speedway…

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