Tag Archives: healthy communities

New book by Grand Rapids naturalist explores city’s food ‘revolution’

Lisa Rose Starner has been a force in the Grand Rapids community as an herbalist, forager, writer and urban farmer. Featured in publications such as The Rapidian, Solace Magazine, Grand Rapids Magazine and Rapid Growth Media, Starner recently released her first book:…

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Translating calories into walking distance is an idea whose time has come

Did you know that you have to walk the entire length of a football field in order to burn off a single plain M&M chocolate candy? When I tell people that, they will just look at me with eyes wide…

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Green infrastructure saves money and improves health

Back in the day, almost every residential Detroit street was lined with big elm trees that formed shady, green tunnels. That’s why Detroit was once called “The City of Trees”. Unfortunately, Detroit has been losing trees throughout the city at…

 

Berrien County striving towards one million miles of movement

When people come together and work as a team great things can happen.  It gets even greater when a team consists of folks who live in neighboring communities, feeling a sense of ownership knowing that they belong to an area…

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Events like Lansing’s Winter Warm-Up help build healthier communities

We really do live among some amazing people here in Michigan, I can vouch for that! People who promote increasing daily physical activity levels and better nutrition are popping up all over the place … it’s fantastic! For instance -Lansing…

Michigan Organ Donor Registry experiences record year

A record 524,418 people joined the Michigan Organ Donor Registry in 2012, a 31 percent increase from 2011. As of Jan. 2, nearly 3 million people were listed on the registry. These individuals provide hope for the more than 3,000…

 

Why is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day so important?

She handed me a flier and pointed to the picture of her son. He was handsome and young and his image sat amongst a host of others. They were smiling, beaming really and all very healthy looking. But, aside from…

Disney has provided map to fight childhood obesity, will other media companies follow?

I would like to  give a standing ovation to The Walt Disney Co. for an extraordinary performance.  I wish they could see my elation at this very moment!   It makes my heart smile to know that they have become the…

Farmers markets can grow communities too

Guest blogger Aaron Goodman is the market master of the Eastside Farmers Market for the Warren/Conner Development Coalition. Most people know that eating fresh fruits and vegetables daily is a key ingredient for keeping weight off, avoiding chronic disease and…

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