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Organic vs. Local: What’s the difference?

Many people aren’t aware of the difference between organic and local food. In TIME Magazine’s recent poll, 23% of people think that local produce is always organic, but in reality, local produce does not have to follow the same regulations as organic…

Food

The seven commandments of clean eating

“Clean eating” seems to be a huge buzz term these days, but what does it actually mean? Eating clean can be defined in many ways, but the most common definition is that you eat the freshest, least processed foods you…

Food

Give back this weekend with Arise Detroit’s Neighborhoods Day

Being a Detroiter means being a part of the positive change going on within the city. If you’ve never volunteered in Detroit before, this weekend is your chance! Arise Detroit’s 8th annual Neighborhoods Day provides organizations a means to start…

Positive Michigan

 

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…

Healthy Community

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…

Healthy Community

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…

Food

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,…

Food

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…

Fitness