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Think Tanning Booths Have Gotten Safer? Here’s the Scary Truth

For Michiganders, the winter typically means your sun-kissed skin of summer is a distant memory. Unfortunately, turning to tanning beds is not a smart alternative. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that people who do indoor tanning have a 74 percent…

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Charity Ball to Benefit Two Grand Rapids Non-Profits Devoted to Kids

Baxter Community Center and Ele’s Place will be the recipients of proceeds raised at this year’s Kent County Medical Society Alliance (KCMSA) Charity Ball for Children. This is the 25th year for the event, which will be held on Saturday,…

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Michigan: It’s Time To #GoRedForWomen

With heart disease being the leading cause of death for women, the American Heart Association wants you to “go red” this February to show your support for the cause. The entire month of February is set aside for American Heart…

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You Can Quit Smoking, You Just Need to Know How

First, let me say the obvious, which is that quitting smoking is really, really hard. But while it’s easy to think you’ll never be able to do it, I am here to tell you that it is entirely possible to…

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Be Nice: Organization Aims to Expand Bullying and Suicide Prevention Program

“You may not see the sun, but it has not failed to shine. It is just being covered. You may not see a hope for something better, but there is.” “You are more than your worries.” “Keep your heads held…

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Youth Teams Invited to Enter the #MIKidsCanDance Instagram Contest

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Detroit Pistons are asking Michigan youth dance teams to showcase their best moves in an effort to promote an active lifestyle through dancing and the health benefits children enjoy from it. Dancing…

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Grand Rapids Breakfast Honors Martin Luther King Jr., Raises Funds for Urban League

How would Martin Luther King, Jr., address social justice and racial inequality issues today? That was the overarching question posed to West Michigan business leaders who gathered Monday morning at the 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. corporate breakfast. Close…

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The Needle-Hater’s Guide to Donating Blood

Think donating blood doesn’t do much good? This statistic will change your mind: If you start donating when you’re 17 years old, you could potentially save more than 1,000 lives in your lifetime. That’s because someone in the U.S. needs…

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Soup’s On: Grand Rapids Event Raises Money for God’s Kitchen Food and Pantry Programs

Smoked chicken andouille gumbo. Butternut apple curry bisque. Smoked swordfish and jalapeno chowder. Those are just a few of the delicious-sounding soups that you’ll be able to sample at an upcoming Grand Rapids fundraiser. If you love soup and helping…

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