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E-Coli plagues two Allegan County lakes
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No Swimming At Two Allegan County Beaches For E-Coli!

(Photo via flickr.com/photos/delaere) 'Tis the season for e-coli to pop-up along shorelines throughout West Michigan!

The good news is that health officials take water testing very seriously and post 'no swimming' advisories at any beach that has tested positive for above average bacteria levels.  The bad news is that bacteria tends to increase as temperatures rise and that's when you and I are planning a trip to the lakeshore to get a little relief, right?!

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Spectrum Health Named One Of The Top Hospitals In The Country

The annual report on health care providers in the United States has been released by U.S. News & World Report.  Spectrum Health fared very well in several categories.

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Top three veggies with the least nutrients.
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Veggie 101: Top Three Least Nutritional

(Photo via flickr.com/photos/prairie) Eating your veggies is important, right?  Have you noticed all of the commercials on t.v. that keep pushing beverages loaded with veggies so you don't have to eat them??

There's something about chopping, slicing, snapping and shucking vegetables that reminds of summertime with my grand parents.  It was a daily ritual to get a bowl and start preparing the fresh produce -  that was in season - for the evening meal.  Yum! 

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Celebrity diet secrets: Eat baby food!!
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Celebrity ‘Baby Food’ Diet

Who would've thought that celebrities are eating baby food to keep their weight down?

I admit that I've gotten a couple of stares at the grocery store when I occasionally pick up a jar or two of either prunes or apricot baby food.  For whatever reason, I have always liked the flavor and texture of the stuff ... weird, for sure, but a baby food diet?

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Michigan Is Getting Fatter

In the battle against obesity Michigan is losing, not losing weight, just losing.   In a report issued today, Michigan is ranked the 10th most obese state in the country with an obesity rate is 30.5%.

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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 cards!
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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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