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Diet Soda May Make You Pack on the Pounds

By analyzing the results of a 10-year longitudinal study of 474 people, researchers  were able to determine that the participants who drank two or more diet sodas a day experienced a waist size increase 70 percent greater than those who stayed away from diet soda.

Dr. Martin P. Paulus, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, and an author of the study, offered this theory as to why something without calories can lead to weight gain:

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Radio Listeners Are Happy People!

I love a study so I can roll up my sleeves and learn something new or confirm something I aready knew! 

According to this particular study that was conducted in the U.K., people who listen to the radio are much happier than those who do not!

How could a survey of over a thousand people be wrong?  To quote the Daily Mail, "People are their happiest and most energetic when listnening to radio.  It plays an important emotional ro

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Top 2 Most Dangerous Fireworks!

May your Fourth-of-July be happy and injury free!

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission there were 9,500 fireworks-related emergency room visits last year.

It's no surprise that more men than women get hurt and the top firework to protect your child from is a bottle rocket.  They fire up to 200 mph, explode mid-air and in multiple directions causing a ton of eye injuries.

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Anti-Tanning PSA Shows Women Burning Themselves With Waffle Irons and Toasters [VIDEO]

“Indoor tanning is out,” says the Canadian Dermatology Association, who’ve placed tanning beds squarely in their crosshairs with a new web PSA that shows young women singing their skin with a clothes iron, toaster and waffle iron. Ouch. The CDA hopes these exaggerated examples of frying one’s skin hammers home the dangers of tanning. According to their website:

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Let Kids Eat Candy So They’ll Lose Weight? Not As Crazy As It Sounds

Well, here’s a twist in the battle to curb childhood obesity.

A new study has found that kids who eat candy tend to weigh less than children who don’t.

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Michigan Beaches Get Water Quality Report Card!

 

After spending a week of vacation along the Lake Michigan shoreline ... I can't tell you how many conversations I had with other campers about either the daily temperature or how clean it appeared each day.

In Muskegon,

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When To Expect Your Favorite West Michigan Produce

There's nothing as good as fresh produce in West Michigan!  It's what makes farmer's markets so popular.  There are plenty of delicious options available today, with more to come, but when will your favorite fruits and vegetables be in season?

It's nearly impossible to resist buying the strawberries that start showing up in grocery stores as West Michigan's winter winds down

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Man Robs Bank For $1 To Get Prison Healthcare [VIDEO]

Last week, James Verone walked into an RBC bank –sans gun – with a robbery plan. However, unlike most bank robbers, his plan did not involve walking out with loads of cash.

Instead, the 59-year-old North Carolina man actually wanted to be arrested so he’d have access to prison health care provided by the government.

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Company Makes $5,000 Donation to the Wes Leonard Heart Fund

The family of former Fennville basketball star Wes Leonard received a special gift today from a company hoping to celebrate his life.

Leonard died in March after suffering cardiac arrest on the basketball court. Though he was a star on the basketball court and football field for Fennville High School, his sports career started much earlier than high school.

THE RUSH, which is a company that specializes in putting together sports highlights, poured through hours of video from Wes' athletic events and created a digital archive of his athletic achievements, from childhood to high school.

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New Anti-Smoking Warnings To Debut In October 2012

The federal government has released their new cigarette warning labels, to be placed on the side of packs by October 2012.

Similarly graphic warning messages are already used in 40 other countries,  and the FDA hopes to persuade smokers to cutback or quit altogether.

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New Grand Rapids’ Workout Place…and it’s FREE!

Construction is scheduled this weekend for a new fitness center circuit at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Grand Rapids.

Community volunteers will build 12 individual workout stations, complete with instructions on how to do each exercise, including push-up bars, balance beams, sit-ups, chin-ups and more

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FDA Sets New Sunscreen Regulations

I remember when shopping for sunscreen was simple.  Today the choices for sunscreen seem endless: SPFs up to 110, waterproof, sweatproof, blocks UVA rays, blocks UVB rays, for babies, etc. Today the FDA tried to ease confusion by creating new rules for sunscreen manufacturers

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