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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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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Running tattoo is permanent reminder to pursue health for one Michigan man

The tattoo on Wyoming resident Tom Popma’s left calf is officially the Fifth Third Riverbank Run logo. For Popma, it’s much more than that. It’s become an almost talismanic reminder for the 32-year-old to never return to unhealthy habits he’s…

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