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Swimmer’s Itch Coming From Michigan Lakes

It's a bad year for mosquitoes in Michigan, but mosquitoes aren't the only thing that have Michigan residents itching this summer.

Swimmer's itch is being reported at lakes across Michigan, including Higgins Lake.

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Little Girl may Have Life Threatening Illness, but she Dances With Dad [VIDEO]

McKenzie Carey is a 12-year-old girl battling a life-threatening condition called mitochondrial disease. Her family recently shared an emotional video in which she's dancing with her father to Miley Cyrus' 'The Climb.'

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Woman ‘Selfies’ Her Stroke To Prove To Doctors She Isn’t Just Stressed [Video]

A Canadian woman took video of herself having a stroke in the hopes that it would help herprove to doctors that her symptoms were not just stress-related.

Stacey Yerpes started recording herself when she felt a tingling sensation while she was driving. She turned on her phone's video camera began describing everything that she was feeling and recorded the entire thing.

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Got Burned? 5 Ways to Treat a Sunburn

The summer sun is out in full force, relentlessly attacking our skin with UV rays. Here's what to do if you get a sunburn.

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Breakfast from the Heavens: Almond Joy Pancakes

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

Pancake Sunday was a tradition in my family. I looked forward to those mornings when my mother poured her homemade buckwheat batter onto a warm griddle. Yummmm.

I haven’t met a pancake I didn’t like, but over the years I’ve come to find my favorite.

So, what are my favorite pancakes, you ask?

They are fluffy, chocolatey, whole wheat Almond Joy Pancakes, with plenty of chocolate chips, shredded coconut and sliced almonds. Breakfast from the heavens. They’re made with quality ingredients, too, including unsweetened organic coconut, almond milk and the oh so wonderful coconut oil. It's definitely a healthier pancake if you ask me!

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Serving up this Brussels Sprout Carrot Salad would be perfect for your next gathering. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
Serving up this Brussels Sprout Carrot Salad would be perfect for your next gathering. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
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Salad Time: Raw Brussels Sprout and Carrot Salad

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

Brussels sprouts, carrots, parmesan and toasted walnuts plus a yummy lemony garlic dressing equals a simple and refreshing salad.

It’s bright, flavorful and perfect for spring and summer.

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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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