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That’s Wild: Foraging Takes Local Food to 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…


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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The Importance of a Back-to-School Checkup

Pencils, erasers, glue sticks and a new backpack have probably made this year’s school shopping list. But what about a visit to the pediatrician? Even if your child has a clean bill of health, don’t sideline their annual physical. According…

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Is Your Child’s Vision Affected by Classroom Technology?

Interactive whiteboards, 3D presentations, personal tablets and computers are becoming the new standard in Michigan schools. In fact, 40 percent of teachers use computers while teaching and roughly 97 percent of American classrooms have a computer. All of this adds…

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Kids and Vegetarianism: Is It Healthy?

A vegetarian diet is becoming more and more common, not only for individuals but for entire families. If you’re considering raising your children as vegetarians (or if your kid comes home one day and decides to be one), know that…


Two eggs can help you lose weight

Two Eggs in the Morning Can Help You Lose Weight

We have good news: Losing weight can be as simple as changing your breakfast. Research has shown that eating eggs for breakfast can help fight weight gain all day long. In a study published by the International Journal of Obesity,…



What’s for Dinner? Check Out this Winning Recipe!

The heat wasn’t too hot in Metro Health’s makeshift kitchen for Chef Oliver Hale, host of Chef O’s Place, a local cable cooking show. The healthy lifestyle chef bested his competition in a local celebrity chef cook-off held during a…


Boarding Soon: New GR Silver Line Rolls Out this Month

Gleaming silver and green buses are expected to ease commuter congestion and spur development along a major Grand Rapids corridor. Michigan’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) line is set to begin boarding passengers on August 25. The Rapid’s Silver Line…

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Go from being a walker to a runner

Ready to Be a Runner? Here’s How to Get There!

Walking is a great form of exercise with loads of health benefits like weight loss, less stress and a reduced risk of heart disease, breast cancer, colon cancer and type 2 diabetes. But if you’re looking for a new challenge…