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Buckle up: What you need to know about car seat safety

If you have a child in a car seat, proper installation and buckling can be the difference between life and death. Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in children younger than 14. Properly installed rear-facing car seats reduce…

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John Ball Zoo: Go for the new tigers, stay for some healthy fun

Tigers are back at John Ball Zoo! The new Crawford Tigers of the Realm exhibit opened in June, and the big cats have attendance on the rise. Three Amur tigers: males Yuri and Kuza, and female Nika have been warmly…

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Are your favorite foods causing tooth erosion?

Do you drink a glass of orange juice every morning? How about a warm cup of tea to beat the 3 p.m. slump? These habits seem harmless (even healthy!), but they may be causing tooth erosion without you even realizing…

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Get your kids in the kitchen with these two healthy dips

On a recent afternoon at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market’s Simmer Camp, young foodies-in-training were learning just how delicious and easy, homemade dips can be. “It just tasted different and better,” said Naomi Hamilton, 9, about the hummus and ranch dip…


Canning lets you preserve summer flavors all year long

At the convergence of the local food movement, do-it-yourself, and environmentalism, is a practice that many might find a little old-school: canning. “With the accessibility of fresh fruits and vegetables, I think it’s definitely making a comeback,” said Jolon Hull,…


Too hot to work out? Try these 6 new exercise DVDs instead

If you’re used to working out outside, sometimes the summer heat can just be too much to handle. Not only does it feel extra tough to go for that run in high temperatures, there are also safety concerns when the…



#HealthyMe: Six ways I’m getting my workout mojo back

I’m happy to report that as of this writing, I’ve exercised five of the past seven days. Woot! I wanted to share what’s been working for me with the hope that anyone else struggling with motivation can turn it around….

The simple way to get perfect posture (no books required)

You rolled your eyes when mom said it, but, seriously, stand up straight! Sure it makes you look more presentable, but more importantly, it impacts your physical health. Poor posture can lead to painful joints, challenged breathing and trouble walking….

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How to ace your #HealthyMe goal to eat healthier

Have you set your #HealthyMe goal but finding it tough to stay on track? You aren’t alone. It’s hard to accomplish your healthy goals (according to Forbes, only eight percent of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions every year)….