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Health Benefits of Hiking — 5 Reasons to Hit the Trails This Summer

Put on some sunscreen and bug repellant, and enjoy these five health benefits of hiking this summer:

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Pink Tie Guys Annual Fundraiser to Fight Breast Cancer is Thursday in Grand Rapids

The Pink Tie Guys is an exclusive group of men committed to raising awareness of how breast cancer impacts the total family.

The group meets once per year. This year's meeting is at Reserve Wine & Food in Grand Rapids on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. - Midnight.

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We Finally Know Why our Fingers Get Wrinkly in the Bath [Video]

You guys! One of life's great mysteries has finally been solved!

Have you spent a lot of time wondering why your fingers and toes get all pruny in the bath? Well, now we know, thanks to science!

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New Drug Shows Promise for Sufferers of Allergic Asthma

Asthma affects an estimated 300 million people worldwide and about half of all asthmatics suffer from allergic asthma.

A new drug for sufferers of allergic asthma is showing early signs of success in testing.

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West Michigan Schools Awarded for Being Prepared for Cardiac Emergencies

122 Michigan schools have been awarded the MI HEARTSafe School designation which recognizes schools that are prepared to respond to cardiac emergencies.

West Michigan schools recognized include schools in Belmont, Cedar Springs, Coopersville, Fennville, Grand Rapids, Rockford, Wyoming, and more.

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Schools in Allendale, Belding and Wyoming Win Awards for Healthy Student Lifestyles

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Governor Rick Snyder are recognizing 24 Michigan schools for fostering healthy eating, physical activity habits, and tobacco-free lifestyles among students.

Allendale Middle School, Belding Middle School and Vista Charter Academy in Wyoming are among those being recognized.

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Recommended Level of Fluoride in Drinking Water Lowered, Grand Rapids Already at Recommended Level

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released its final recommendation for optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports the new recommendation is for a single level of 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water instead of the previous recommended range (0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter) issued in 1962.

City of Grand Rapids fluoride levels were already set at 0.7 milligrams per liter of water.

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Michigan Celebrates National Nurses Week

It's National Nurses Week and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is celebrating to recognize the role nurses play in advocating for the health, safety, and rights of patients and nurses.

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Public Forum on Proposed Merger of Metro Health and Community Health Systems is April 23

In January, Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS) agreed to form an 80/20 joint venture with Metro Health, in which CHS will become an 80% owner.

A public forum to discuss the sale will be held at Metro Health on April 23.

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Humane Society of West Michigan Receives $4,500 State Grant

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) announced the Michigan Companion Animal Welfare Fund check-off will fund projects totaling more than $155,500 for 26 shelters this year, including the Humane Society of West Michigan.

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New Dove Campaign Encourages Women to Choose Beautiful [Video]

Dove has been no stranger to amazing inspiring ads directed at young girls and women.

And the company has done it again with its #ChooseBeautiful campaign.

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Insane Inflatable 5K Grand Rapids Coming to Millennium Park Adds Second Day in Mid-August [Video]

The Insane Inflatable 5K -- a dynamic fun run series comprised of inflatable obstacles -- coming to Grand Rapids at Millennium Park is now on Aug. 15 and 16.

The second day was just added because of local demand.

The 5-kilometer (3.1-mile run) isn’t focused on running. Instead, it's about having fun negotiating oversized inflatable obstacles on a challenging course requiring imagination, creativity and a heaping helping of insanity.

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