Exercise Man is on a Mission to Make His Community Healthier

Editor’s Note: Burrell Solomon (aka “Exercise Man”) is a paid spokesperson for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. When it comes to starting a new workout regimen, there’s one thing Exercise Man says is key to getting started on the right path: “Don’t be…

Positive Michigan

Walk for Veggies: Exercise Pays at Neighborhood Center’s Market Walks

With four growing children and a husband to feed, Lansing resident Khadija Ahmed goes through food fast. So when she heard about the Allen Neighborhood Center’s Market Walk program, it didn’t take much to convince her to give it a…


Rhythm Run Finisher Inspired to Go After Next Race

If Tenisa Frye can do it, she wants you to know that you can too. “I am not a runner, let me just tell you,” she said. Still, that didn’t stop her from completing her second Rhythm Run, a 5K…



Losing Weight, Loving Family, Living Life: Dr. Laura Hutchison’s Transformation

Dr. Laura Hutchison can understand the challenges many of us face when trying to lose weight. Low energy, fear of ridicule at the gym, lack of time to exercise: all of these factors can make the weight loss journey a difficult…


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Bringing Boards Downtown: Why a Skate Park Could Be In GR’s Future

Mike Dallas has already undergone surgery on his right shoulder. He needs another operation on his left. The owner of Bustin’ Boards, a Brooklyn, New York-based longboard manufacturer, makes his home in Grand Rapids, which is where he grew up….


Traveling? 5 Exercises You Can Do in Your Hotel Room

All of the back-to-school commercials are a sad reminder that summer is almost over, and fall is around the corner. Even though the warm weather is coming to an end, it doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop! August…



“Superhuman” Jim Dreyer Ready for Next Aquatic Feat of Strength

Even though he’s recovering from a rotator cuff injury, Michigan native Jim Dreyer is set to attempt what’s arguably his most strenuous feat of strength to date. On Saturday, Aug. 15, Dreyer will pull a new Lincoln MKC on a…


Lansing Youth Campers Win New Bikes Courtesy of Blue Care Network

Giant inflatables, group dance routines and competitions in the pool were all part of a special day of celebration for youth campers in Lansing last week. Kids enrolled at six different summer camp sites through the City of Lansing’s Parks…

Healthy Community

Saginaw YMCA Member Runs for His Community

The benefits of running are clearly reflected in David Hall: he’s more confident, has more energy and feels stronger. More important to Hall though is how his running habits have affected his family and community. Hall is currently training for…