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Ditch the Big Yellow Bus and Take a Walking One Instead!

Yes, it’s true, the wheels on the bus go round and round, but this fall, there’s an even better way to get to and from school. It’s called a walking school bus and it’s a triple threat: getting kids more…

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Back to School Immunizations: The Key to Keeping Your Child Healthy this School Year

Vaccinations are a very important and necessary part of keeping your children healthy. All school-aged children, from preschool to college, need vaccinations to prevent infectious illness. And although it’s rare, communicable disease outbreaks still happen. For example, measles and whopping…

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Give Painful Foot and Leg Cramps the Boot

Foot and leg cramps can seemingly strike at any moment: in the middle of a run, while swimming or even when you’re just relaxing on the couch. And they happen to almost everyone. It’s estimated that these painful muscle spasms…

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Reach Old Age in Good Health with Tips from Michigan Seniors

Stay active. That was the most common advice from seniors who shared their healthy tips at the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival Senior Day. The event was sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network, North…

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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for…Popsicles!

Detroit dessert aficionados rejoice: The Detroit Pop Shop supplies the perfect gourmet ice pops for foodies, kids and lovers of all sweet treats. A devotion to locality and use of fresh ingredients, makes Pop Shop pops both delicious and mindful…

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The Silent Killer: Six Things You Need to Know

You have probably heard about high blood pressure, also called hypertension, but you may not know why it’s important to understand. Blood pressure (BP) is the force of blood against the artery wall. If your blood pressure stays high over…

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The Latest From Experts on Vaccines and Autism

While there have been opponents in the past claiming a connection between life-saving vaccines and autism, the scientific community is now supporting vaccinations for children. Thousands of peer-reviewed articles have shown that vaccinations have no impact on a child’s risk…

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That’s Wild: Foraging Takes Local Food to Delicious New Extremes

If you looked at wild plants and weeds through Lisa Rose’s eyes, you might see dinner, or at least a snack. Rose, a Grand Rapids herbalist, forager, and author, sees food everywhere she goes. Leaves from downtown linden trees, crab…

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What Everyone Should Know About the Ice Bucket Challenge

If you’ve been on social media lately, you may have seen people participating in the ice bucket challenge. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out this video. This is how most of the challenges look, the participant gives a…

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