Health & Fitness

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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Published March 28, 2017

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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 22, 2017

DETROIT — More than 100 people attended an event at the Bayview Yacht Club Feb. 25 and raised more than $50,000 to benefit efforts to fight pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer survivor Sheila Sky Kasselman founded the Sky Foundation, the nonprofit that organized the fundraiser.

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Published March 22, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Detroit Lions mascot Roary, with his oversized mane and paws, held large cardboard cutouts of a piece of pizza and a head of lettuce over his head March 13 at Sheiko Elementary School as students cheered him on. 

The furry mascot, decked out in Lions gear, encouraged students to pick out which item is the healthiest. The sea of students on the school’s gymnasium floor pointed and screamed, some telling Roary to take a bite out of the pizza, some the lettuce.

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Published March 10, 2017

WARREN  — In the world of health care and medical research, finding effective treatments and cures is expensive. But local advocates long dedicated to raising awareness about dystonia are hoping to get the money needed to fight it, $5 at a time.

Mike Delise said he came up with the idea after 12 years of working alongside his friend, Warren resident Jason Dunn, who was diagnosed with the serious neurological condition at age 6.

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Published March 1, 2017

METRO DETROIT — The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is spreading awareness about the perils of diabetes and kidney disease in African-American communities by offering preventative tips and health management advice.

Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and strokes, and is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States. There are two major types of diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes refers to an individual who is dependent on insulin therapy to stay alive because the pancreas — the organ that makes insulin — is unable to do so.

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Published February 22, 2017

MACOMB COUNTY — Officials from Macomb County’s Community Mental Health program urged state legislators during a Feb. 17 forum to address funding problems for services they provide to residents in need.

The issue at hand is that CMH has already lost 14.4 percent (about $18 million) of its Medicaid funding since April 1, 2016, and it is expected to lose another $12.5 million in funding starting this upcoming April 1.

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Published February 16, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Whether you have a penchant for Mediterranean meals or an inclination toward Indian food, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital hopes to fuel your appetite with a three-part series in March called Cooking Around the World at Henry Ford.

The cooking classes will feature three chefs crafting culinary creations in time for National Nutrition Month. 

All classes will take place 6:30-8 p.m. in the Demonstration Kitchen of the hospital, 6777 W. Maple Road. 

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Published February 8, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — On Monday and Wednesday mornings, you can find Mariette Goldberg, of West Bloomfield, strengthening her core and building muscle during her mat Pilates class, which she has taken for the past five years at the West Bloomfield Family Aquatic Center, 6200 Farmington Road.

“The class is extremely beneficial — it is not cardio exercise, but (is) definitely a wonderful stretch, tone and core buildup.”  

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Published February 6, 2017

BEVERLY HILLS — Four days a week, a group of boxers meet in the gym of the Beverly Hills Club on Southfield Road.

Sometimes they don’t move quickly. Their jabs probably wouldn’t knock athletes into the ropes. But they’re some of the toughest fighters you’ll find.

Rock Steady Boxing is a national nonprofit boxing initiative tailored to individuals with Parkinson’s disease. The progressive movement disorder can have devastating impacts on a person’s nerve cells, causing tremors, rigidity and other debilitating symptoms.

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Published February 1, 2017

METRO DETROIT — Finding out you have cancer can be emotionally, spiritually, mentally, physically and financially draining. 

Finding friendship and resources through that arduous journey, however, might be just what the doctor ordered.

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