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Ever Experienced Sleep “Drunkenness”? It’s Not What You’d Expect

Have you ever been startled from a normal night’s sleep only to be bewildered and unsure of where you are?  A new study has shown that about one in seven Americans is affected by this sleep “drunkenness,” a rest pattern…

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Ancient Grains: 10 Recipes to Put New Tastes in Your Diet

Feeling adventurous? You might want to give “ancient grains” a try in soup, salad, breakfast, and dessert recipes. These alternatives to wheat, rice and other common grains tend to be more nutritious and let you change up your favorite dishes…

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How Family Dinners Can Help Kids Avoid Drugs and Alcohol

Having regular family dinners can do a lot more for your kids than simply keeping them healthy and well nourished. National research shows sitting down and sharing a meal can help kids and teens resist the temptations of drugs and…

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Hop Happenings: 12 Places to Celebrate the Great Beer State in West/SW Michigan

Michigan’s beer economy continues to grow and flourish, with new breweries popping up and established breweries expanding or opening second locations. Here’s a quick guide for some options you may not have tried yet in West Michigan, which will open…

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#HealthyMe: Don’t Let Stress Get in the Way of a Good Workout

I was fortunate enough to spend a week in the Upper Peninsula with my co-workers at the beginning of August. We explored parts of Michigan I had not been to before and it was beautiful. One day we took a…

A Guide to National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Illegal drug abuse gets a lot of attention, but rates of prescription drug abuse are also alarmingly high. In the U.S., 6.8 million people have abused prescription drugs.  And many people are getting their pills through friends or relatives, often…

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#MiKidsCan Monday: 4 Ways to Keep Your Child Safe Online

In this day and age, the internet has, in many ways, made our lives much easier. You can do anything online from shopping to managing your bank accounts and even keep in contact with old friends. For kids, it makes…

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Transform a Slice of Toast into an Amazing Breakfast

Okay, it’s true. A plain slice of whole wheat toast isn’t all that exciting. But that simple starch can be turned into the perfect breakfast if you top it the right way. You probably already know you can plop a fried…

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ArtPrize 2014: How to Make the Most of Your Visit

It’s baaaack! The world’s largest art competition descends upon downtown Grand Rapids and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park on Wednesday, September 24 and runs through October 12. Individual artists and collaborative teams have submitted 1,537 art entries, which will…

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