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New Kids’ Book ‘Maggie Goes On A Diet’ Causing Controversy

A new children's book is causing quite a stir.

The book, titled, 'Maggie Goes on a Diet' has sparked controversy among moms and health advocates who claim it sends the wrong message.

The book is about a 14-year old girl who is overweight and bullied relentlessly until she goes on a diet and loses weight.

She then becomes a star soccer player and gains popularity in school.

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Arizona Mom Strives to Be Fattest Woman Ever [VIDEO]

World’s fattest mom Susanne Eman weighs 728 pounds, and the 32-year-old mother of two is consuming over 20,000 calories a day in hopes of eventually setting the all-time record for heaviest woman, which is 1,600 pounds.

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Brown Bag Lunches Could Cause Illness

Brown bag lunches packed by parents can be an inexpensive alternative to school-prepared lunches, but they can also make kids sick if not kept at a safe temperature, according to a new study.

Even lunches that include ice packs can reach unsafe temperatures.

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Grand Rapids is breaking ground for an urban market this fall!
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Downtown Grand Rapids Is Getting A Farmer’s Market!

Plans for a downtown urban market have been in the works for more than a year now and it looks like it's going to happen!

I love shopping for fresh, local produce, don't you?  There are tons of them throughout West Michigan (thankfully), but none in the heart of Grand Rapids. 

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Socializing at work can lengthen your lifespan!
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Mingling With Co-Workers Adds Years To Your Life!

Here's an idea ... spending time with the people you work with can actually increase your lifespan!

Now, I would think just the opposite when taking into consideration the day-to-day stress of good old fashioned competition amongst one another

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Do you engage in 'fat talk?'
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Are You Guilty Of ‘Fat Talk?’

I'm sooo guilty!  Several times a week I have found myself either talking with you on-the-air about weight issues or with my friends.  It is always at the top of mind.

Come to find out I'm not alone and 93% of women have admitted to what is now called, 'Fat Talk!'

Don't you think it's time to turn things around and start talking about what we do eat right and how healthy we feel?

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Kids can sleep with parents and be healthy!
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Toddlers Get ‘Okay’ To Sleep With Mom & Dad!

True or false?  Parents who let their toddlers share a bed with them are hurting their kids by exposing him or her to an unhealthy pattern of behavior.

I know a ton of you have already looked into this controversial topic and have decided for yourself what is or is not healthy for your sweet baby(ies), and now a new study claims the answer is false!

Time magazine has published a study by author Gabriela Barajas who claims the

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Ragweed will wreak havoc on allergy sufferers 'til late October!
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Ragweed Is Gonna Hang Around Til Late October!

If you suffer from allergies like me and millions of other Americans -- grab a Kleenex because this season is going to be tough on you! 

I'm so sorry to break the news, but allergists are predicting an extra long ragweed season that could go through the end of October

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28 swimmers are injured along Holland lakeshore!
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Rough Waters In Holland Injure 28!

Lake Michigan rocks, literally! 

Yesterday, the Coast Guard was busy pulling swimmers out of the water due to a strong rip current and high waves that either carried people out too far or slammed them into the rocks along the harbor in Holland.

I've always wondered about the signs and flags

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Federal Officials Requiring Free Coverage For Birth Control

Birth control is the most common drug prescribed to women. And according to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, failing to provide health insurance coverage for it would be "like not covering flu shots."

As a woman who has used birth control for many years, I would hate to think of the cost I have incurred simply by purchasing one tiny package of pills every month. With most insurance companies not covering birth control at all, most women are forced to pay full price for the pill.

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Group Pushes For Warning Labels on Hot Dogs

Instead of grouping hot dogs with baseball and apple pie, a national medical group wants you to consider them as bad for you as cigarettes.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington, D.C. group that promotes preventive medicine and a vegan diet, unveiled a billboard last Monday near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the advisory: "Warning: Hot dogs can wreck your health." It also encourages people to visit their website.

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Amy Winehouse's Parents, Mithc and Janis, Arrive At Her Camden Square Home
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Winehouse Wisdom: Get Right, Get Into Rehab If YOU Have An Addiction! [AUDIO]

Autopsy reports for Amy Winehouse are expected today.   The oh-so-talented yet troubled artist was found dead in her London apartment on Saturday.

Although her tour was canceled last month because of an apparent battle with addiction ... Amy had just wrapped up work with Tony Bennett recording a single for his forthcoming album, Duets Two

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