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Kent County Health Department To Survey Residents

The Kent County Health Department is looking for your help to improve the health of the county's population overall.

All you have to do is tell them exactly what you like (and what you don't like) in regards to things like exercise and safety.

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Smoothies Naturally: Blackberry Banana Chia Smoothie

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

I cannot get enough of fresh berries in the warmer months.

Cherries.

Strawberries.

Raspberries.

Blueberries.

Blackberries.

Oh, and smoothies. I can’t get enough of those either!

They are breakfast made easy. Or have one as a mid-day snack. Or enjoy one as a post-workout replenisher. Or try one as a dessert!

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High demand for Metro Health’s free heart screenings for high school students

Local tragedies have raised awareness of the importance of teenagers being aware of heart health issues.

Metro Health is helping with an opportunity for high school students to receive a free heart screening.

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7 Simple Ways to Limit Screen Time for Kids

Many moms and dads are wondering how they can help limit the time their kids spend in front of those ever-present media screens. Here are seven tips.

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Study Shows Negative Effects of Bullying Can Last Through Adulthood

It turns out that the playground bully at your kid’s school may be more than just a temporary nuisance.

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Apple cheddar salad with honey mustard vinaigrette makes for a great spring salad. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
Apple cheddar salad with honey mustard vinaigrette makes for a great spring salad. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
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Salad Time: Apple, White Cheddar and Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

Spring has finally sprung!

While everyone is spring cleaning and de-cluttering their homes, I think it’s just as important to cleanse our bodies.

They sure deserve it, don’t they? Especially after such a long winter of hibernation and comfort foods. Fresh salads, like this Apple, White Cheddar & Chicken Salad with homemade Honey Mustard Dressing, are the perfect way to lighten up a meal without compromising flavor.

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New Study Links TV Watching and Poor Sleep in Kids

A new study links lack of sleep in children to the amount of television they watch while they’re awake.

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Mmm. Double dark chocolate brownies with avocado. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
Mmm. Double dark chocolate brownies with avocado. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
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Sweet Treat: Double Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Avocado

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

Double dark chocolate brownies with avocado.

Yes, you read that correctly: avocado! The avocado replaces butter in the recipe.

I hope you haven't left yet. These are also refined sugar and flour free.

Are you still here? ;)

I adapted this recipe from a fellow blogger. And let me tell you, these cookies do not disappoint.

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Kids handling spring chicks? Beware of Salmonella.

Spring chicks become very popular each Easter.

Many children see them or handle them in feed or pet stores. Some families bring spring chicks home and raise them.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture reminds us of the risks of handling live poultry.

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Today is National Walking Day

Today is National Walking Day!

The American Heart Association is encouraging all of us Americans to lace up and get moving today, April 2. Whether it’s walking, running, biking, playing sports or joining a group class, the goal is getting more active. The association recommends at least 150 minutes of physical activity weekly for adults, 60 minutes a day for kids.

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Today’s the Deadline to Enroll In Obamacare

You've heard it talked about non-stop for months (if not years, it seems).

Today is the deadline for all Americans to enroll in what many (if not most) refer to as "Obamacare".

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Chicago White Sox Selling 3-Pound Sundaes

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack...and a three-pound ice cream sundae.

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