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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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The Dreaded Summer Cold

I've come down with one of those dreaded "summer colds". I tried to play it off at first. "It's just allergies," I told myself. Unfortunately, that's not so. The coughing, sneezing, sore throat and ears... yeah, can't deny it any longer.

Summer colds are the worst, and contrary to popular belief, colds aren't just common in the fall and winter. The truth is since a cold is a virus, you can catch one anytime of the year, so be prepared year round. I did some digging around and found some great remedies for the summer cold (or a cold any time).

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Apples Increase Muscle Tone and Reduce Fat: Study

Will an apple a day actually make you a big hit on the beach?

It's possible, as new research suggests that ursolic acid, which is found in abundance in an apple's peal, builds muscles while reducing fat.

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Reeds Lake Run Raises Cash For Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital!

Strap on your running shoes and get ready to raise money for P.O.R.T. -- the Pediatric Oncology Resource Team -- at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital during the 33rd annual Bank of America Reeds Lake Run in East Grand Rapids!!

You can register for the race right on up to the morning of, June 25th, or preferably before at either www.eastgr.org or www.reedslakerun.com.   If you have questions you can also call the East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department at 616/949-1750.

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Sweating In The Sun Safety Tips!

A balloon fight is always a good way to have fun in the sun and cool down while you're at it!

However, Men's Fitness magazine has a more serious approach to making sure that you safely keep cool while you're trying to stay in shape this summer.

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‘Food Pyramid’ Replaced By ‘MyPlate’

Ever since I can remember, the "Food Pyramid" has been in place. It was the thing that you learned about in grade school that told you just how many foods from each food groups you should eat each day, and what foods belonged in that food group. I'm sure many of you are in the same boat, and that has been your dietary guide (if you used one) since as far back as you can remember. Well, the food pyramid has been thrown out the window.

What do we have to base our dietary choices off of and use to teach our children about nutrition now? MyPlate. Which is really more of a graph than anything else.

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Can Caffeine Hinder a Woman’s Ability to Get Pregnant?

Drinking Maxwell House may mean women won't see any newbies in their house.

Research out of the University of Nevada suggests women who drink caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea and soda have a tough time getting pregnant.

This doesn't bode well for my six bottles of Diet Coke a day habit.

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Can Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

You may have heard this debate before, but it's a topic we all need to stay on top of in case there's any truth to it.  The question is:  can talking on your cell phone cause cancer?

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer the radiation in cell phones may cause cancer.

The group came to this conclusion after analyzing 30 previous studies which had explored the link between cell phones and cancer.

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Caffeine lined jeans can help you lose weight in comfort!
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Lose Weight With Caffeine Lined Pants?!

Drink enough coffee or pop and you’ll pack on the pounds. If you're prone to spilling  caffeine-infused beverages on yourself it could pay off with a slimer waistline!!

At least that’s the claim made by a European clothing company called Lytess, which is marketing pants lined with caffeine to help people lose weight

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Study Suggests Women Are Turned Off by Men Who Smile

According to a new study, women aren't attracted to men who smile.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia had 1000 adults rate hundreds of photos of members of the opposite sex for sexual attractiveness. In the images, the models displayed a wide-range of facial expressions an

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