Health & Fitness

Published June 5, 2017

Rojo Mexican Bistro in Rochester has temporarily closed its doors while Oakland County health inspectors investigate the spread of a rare form of salmonella.

“They voluntarily closed last week when there was another confirmed case that had reported eating at that restaurant,” said Dr. Pamela Hackert, chief of medical services at the Oakland County Health Division.

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Published June 5, 2017

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MOUNT CLEMENS/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Recently, nearly 3,000 girls across metro Detroit took part in an empowering event.

Locally, more than 400 girls throughout Macomb County participated in Girls on the Run, a YMCA-sponsored event.

Stacey Butler, community engagement manager for Girls on the Run and STRIDE, another popular local event, said Girls on the Run is an after-school program dedicated to empowering girls to live joyful, healthy and confident lives, and is open to girls in third through eighth grades.

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Published May 30, 2017

GROSSE POINTE FARMS —  Every year, the St. Paul Athletic Club holds an annual fun run to generate funding for the athletic programs at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic School.

This year, fun run organizers decided to instead raise money for another cause: Friedreich’s Ataxia. FA is a rare mitochondrial disease that has affected two St. Paul students, Jake and Claire Juip. This year’s seventh annual fun run was organized by the St. Paul Athletic Club, under the leadership of Dina Desjardins and Biz Williamson.

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Published May 24, 2017

ROCHESTER — E-cigarette usage has become a significant public health concern across the nation, especially among youth.

The battery-operated devices, also known as vaporizers, have surpassed traditional cigarettes as the most commonly used tobacco product among youth — with more than one-third of young adults having tried them, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Published May 24, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD  — World Asthma Month may almost be over, but breathing properly is certainly important for a lifetime.

It might not be common knowledge that keeping asthma symptoms at bay and breathing easier can be based on what people with asthma eat.

Kathleen Slonager, executive director of the West Bloomfield-based Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Michigan Chapter, said asthma can be exacerbated by unhealthy foods, including excess carbs. It can be better regulated, however, by a proper diet including leafy greens and other healthy foods.

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Published May 15, 2017

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MACOMB COUNTY — On the afternoon of May 9, two Richmond men, one driving and the other a passenger, lost consciousness while their car traveled along eastbound Interstate 94 in Harrison Township.

According to witnesses, the vehicle was seen swerving at the Metropolitan Parkway exit before it struck a guardrail and a roadside sign and landed in a ditch near Joy Road.

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Published May 13, 2017

MOUNT CLEMENS — Get your sneakers ready, because Mount Clemens City Sneakers is about to get warmed up for its spring season of outdoor fun and fitness.

While the group — organized and planned by members of the Downtown Development Authority, the business community, the Macomb Family YMCA and Macomb County — is a year-round activity, City Sneakers is kicking off its spring season on May 23 at the Rec Bowl, 40 Crocker Blvd in Mount Clemens. Participation is expected to grow considerably during the warm months, according to founder and organizer Linda Busch.

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Published May 10, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — With more than 200 people committing to take their first steps, the Walk St. Clair Shores 28-Day Challenge began on a windy, gray day.

Rick Mathias, of St. Clair Shores, committed to the challenge with his wife “just to get some exercise.”

He said they would be putting in their steps together. 

Twenty-three group walk locations have been scheduled for each week of the challenge, which runs May 1-28, with walkers having the option to join four or five groups most days of the week. 

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Published May 3, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — On Sunday, May 21, Birmingham Covington School will host the Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Youth Mental Health Conference and Resource Expo, an event that will focus on improving the mental health of children by teaching parents and professionals how to address a variety of topics.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. and will focus on issues that are geared toward parents, caregivers and community members in the morning, and toward educators and mental health professionals in the afternoon.

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Published April 24, 2017

NOVI — What began as a humble event with a community of like-minded folks has morphed into a star-studded happening that includes thousands who embrace a vegan lifestyle.

“Eighteen years ago, we had a small hall in Ferndale and 300 people showed up, and throughout the years, it’s just evolved, and now we’re anticipating 5,000 attendees,” said VegMichigan President Paul Krause. “It’s really become our premier event and one of the major one-day events at the facility.”

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Published April 19, 2017

FARMINGTON HILLS — Are you a busy parent looking for a safe space to drop your children off during the workweek? Or do you prefer to pump some iron while your children are playing sports a few doors away? Interested in letting your kids frolic in the sun during summer camp?

People can learn about all of the above and more at the Farmington Family YMCA Healthy Kids Day 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 22 at the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit Farmington Hills Branch, 28100 Farmington Road.

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Published April 11, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Casting their lines into the water at the Blossom Heath pier, local fishermen are divided.

“I just like catching them. I don’t eat very much of it,” said Chet Muraszewski, of St. Clair Shores.

His wife, he joked, won’t cook what he catches, so he mostly practices catch-and-release fishing off the pier. When the weather warms, however, he fishes for walleye in the Detroit River. 

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Published April 5, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — A new nonsurgical  tumor procedure is available at  Crittenton Hospital. 

The procedure, called ablation, is similar to a needle biopsy, but it is performed via computerized tomography — commonly known as a CT scan — or with an ultrasound.

“Image-guided tumor ablation can treat many cancerous tumors as thoroughly as other treatment options, with less pain, less risk, faster recovery time and lower recurrence rates,” Dr. Peter Littrup, Crittenton interventional radiologist, said in a statement.

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Published April 5, 2017

FARMINGTON — When you’re getting your car fixed, you’re usually hoping that the mechanics don’t find more problems with your vehicle. 

But if you are Farmington Hills resident Tanya Nordhaus, you’re thinking of ways to end multiple sclerosis.

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Published April 5, 2017

GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Grosse Pointe Shores has a large number of leading medical professionals living in its boundaries, but officials deemed two in particular as especially worthy of singling out for recognition.

Dr. Thomas LaLonde and Dr. Edward W. Schervish, both of whom are on the staff of St. John Hospital and Medical Center, were saluted for their accomplishments with proclamations from the mayor and City Council during a March 21 council meeting.

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Published April 5, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Ready to give your fitness tracker a workout, or just looking for a way to get moving after winter?

No matter your motivation, the Healthy St. Clair Shores Alliance is looking for you.

A partnership between the St. Clair Shores Senior Activity Center, the Beaumont Health and Fitness Center, The Lake House, South Lake Schools, the Woods Church and other volunteers, the alliance is kicking off the Walk St. Clair Shores 28-Day Walking Challenge May 1, but it is looking for volunteers to help now. 

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Published March 29, 2017

PONTIAC — When drug addicts or alcoholics finally get to the point where they’re willing to ask for help fighting their disease, it’s a huge step.

But that major milestone can sometimes fall apart if help for that patient isn’t available for days, weeks or longer.

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Published March 29, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Dr. Simon Dixon, chairman of the department of cardiovascular medicine at Beaumont Health System, would be in for a world of hurt if patients were able to heal or even prevent heart disease themselves.

But even so, that’s his goal with “The Heart-Healthy Handbook.”

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Published March 29, 2017

TROY — Carol Waarala has firsthand experience with a loved one experiencing dementia.

Waarala was a caregiver for her father, who had Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia for 20 years.

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Published March 28, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Mayor Michael Fournier is lacing up his walking shoes and inviting the entire community to reach their step goals while enjoying the city and maybe winning a few prizes along the way.

“Royal Oak is an amazing, walkable community,” he said. “We have so many treasures and assets, as we all are aware. Within walking distance, we compact a lot into 11 square miles.”

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