Health & Fitness

Published February 1, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The 18th annual Clinton Township Community Blood Drive, in partnership with the American Red Cross, will take place Feb. 7 and 8 at various locations within the township.

Clinton Township Treasurer Paul Gieleghem is overseeing the event, which was run by former Township Treasurer Bill Sowerby in the past. Gieleghem said he looked at the opportunity of taking the blood drive baton as part of his job to impact the community.

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Published January 31, 2017

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MACOMB COUNTY — After prescription drugs and opiates have ravaged families and society in recent years, one community has come together to offer proactive solutions.

On Jan. 31, “Hope Not Handcuffs” was officially launched in Macomb County, led by Families Against Narcotics, in partnership with the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery initiative.

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Published January 27, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD/BEVERLY HILLS — He was on a gurney headed for the operating room for heart surgery, but he was given a choice: Have quadruple bypass surgery — and possibly face more surgery a decade or so later  — or change his eating habits.

Longtime West Bloomfield resident Paul Chatlin, 59, chose the latter option and hasn’t looked back in four years.

“My energy level is pretty high now,” Chatlin said, adding that it is a “great feeling” to wake up and be energized.

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Published January 26, 2017

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Oakland County Health Division have issued a health advisory following a number of identified pertussis cases, commonly referred to as whooping cough.

The alert includes Oakland County, which has seen cases in Birmingham. Two students at Pierce Elementary School in Birmingham were diagnosed with the disease earlier this month. Both students were kept home from school for several days and have since returned to class. No other cases have been reported in the Birmingham Public Schools district since.

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Published January 25, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS —Anxiety and depression are on the rise among college students, according to American College Health Association officials.

Thanks to a grant from the Flinn Foundation, Easterseals Michigan has installed a new free mental health tool in the Oakland University Kresge Library lobby.  

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Published January 23, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Families in Oakland County are on alert after two students at Pierce Elementary School in Birmingham contracted whooping cough shortly after the start of the new year.

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly infectious bacterial disease. It can range from a mild annoyance to being deadly in young children, and is often misdiagnosed due to having symptoms similar to the common cold.

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Published December 31, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Macomb County has introduced its first 24/7 urgent behavioral health care center that provides support 365 days a year.

The Urgent Behavioral Health Care Center, or UBHC, has been providing this constant support to adults and children experiencing psychiatric or emotional crisis since opening its doors in Clinton Township on Oct. 25.

The goal of the UBHC is to help people return home safely, in most cases without the need for psychiatric hospitalization.

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Published December 24, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — The holidays may be wrapping up, but winter is far from over.

So, if you can’t beat it — join in. There’s plenty of fun to be had at Oakland County Parks, even in the cold and snowy weather.

D.J. Coffey, parks supervisor of Independence Oaks County Park in Clarkston, said there’s usually a pretty good turnout of residents each winter, and he expects even better numbers this year.

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Published December 13, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — In efforts to prevent drug abuse, addiction and overdoses, Families Against Narcotics formed Operation Rx, a program to educate the Macomb County community about proper drug disposal.

According to the Operation Rx website, www.operationrx.com, the organization’s mission is “saving lives by empowering individuals and communities to eradicate prescription drug and narcotic misuse and abuse.”

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Published December 7, 2016

Cancer is hard enough to battle on its own, but a strong support system can help guide one through the storm.

That’s the case in the Kinsel family, of Sterling Heights.

In May, Debbie Kinsel, 55, found a lump and thought it was due to a skin disease. She visited a dermatologist in an attempt to find the cause.

The dermatologist then urged Debbie to visit her doctor. She showed the lump to her OB-GYN in September. She was told she needed to undergo an ultrasound, mammogram and an ordered biopsy.

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Published November 29, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — River Bends Park in Shelby Township and Memorial Park in Utica both recently received a bike repair station along the new paved hike-and-bike trail that connects the two.

A Shelby Township bike shop, Metro Bike, donated the stations as an act of goodwill.

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Published November 2, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Sunday, Nov. 6, Shelby Township on its municipal grounds will host a 5K walk/run to honor and support local veterans, followed by a ceremony at the township’s memorial.

Registration for the run will open at 8 a.m. the day of the event, and the run will start at 10 a.m. The Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a special emphasis on the Fire and Police departments.

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Published October 26, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A township park program aims to team up like-minded walkers and runners.

“There is a strength in numbers,” said Sue Barnes, owner of Socially Motivated Wellness, who has partnered with the township to create a weekly walking and running club.
“The group helps you and encourages you. Someone is waiting for you,” she said.

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Published October 19, 2016

Troy resident Dena King, 27, was diagnosed with breast cancer following a breast self-exam six months ago.

Before she began her chemotherapy at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, her doctors recommended she harvest her ova if she wanted to have children when her treatment was complete; she became engaged to Andrew Polley in July.

Her doctors told her that chemotherapy reduces ova production or may eliminate them altogether. However, the procedure is not covered by her insurance, and King said the cost for the medicine alone for the procedure was over $5,000.

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Published October 12, 2016

OAKLAND COUNTY — Fall is here, and with crisp sweater weather and beautifully colored foliage, something else is making a comeback: cold and flu season.

Dr. Christopher Carpenter, section head of infectious diseases at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, said right now is really the calm before the storm.

“There’s been no uptick in flu or influenza-like illnesses yet. Generally, the earliest we kind of see that peaking is December, with December through February being the prime months for us,” he said.

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Published October 12, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County employees and residents are being incentivized to exercise thanks to a new partnership with a smartphone app developed in Royal Oak.

On Oct. 3, the county announced a partnership with CARROT Health and Wellness to expand upon its Healthstyles program.

Previously, county employees had tracked fitness progress by pen and paper. By partnering with CARROT, employees will track their activity on the smartphone app.

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Published October 5, 2016

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — It only takes four to six minutes — the time it takes to order a cup of coffee or take a walk around the block.

If CPR and defibrillation are not performed, brain death starts to happen four to six minutes after someone goes into cardiac arrest.

According to the American Heart Association, about 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital, but if more people knew cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, more lives could be saved. 

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Published October 5, 2016

DETROIT — Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in the United States and has devastated many families. To help curb the problem, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan has partnered with Mercy Primary Care Center to provide their “My Choice … My Health” diabetes prevention program. 

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Published September 28, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — For the second consecutive year, those behind a local nonprofit organization who want nothing more than to help struggling members of their community will be holding a 5K run/walk to spark awareness of the successes of sobriety court.

Specifically, the 39th District Sobriety Court in Roseville.

Macomb County attorney Julie Hlywa is president of the S.T.O.P. (Sobriety Today Our Purpose) board, the group hosting the Oct. 2 5K run/walk at the track behind the Tucker Senior Center in Harrison Township.

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Published September 28, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Eleven-year-old Brooke Klein, of West Bloomfield, enjoys gymnastics. 

In fact, she is on the competitive team at her gym, and in May she received a gold medal in her age group for her bars routine at a state competition.

The tween is active and also enjoys waterskiing and photography, her mother, Shayna Klein, said. 

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