Health & Fitness

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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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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