Health & Fitness

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,, 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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Published September 22, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  The West Bloomfield-based Plant Based Nutrition Support Group has been selected to host the national pre-release of the new documentary “Eating You Alive” Oct. 4. 

The premiere will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Seaholm High School, 2436 W. Lincoln St. in Birmingham.

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Published September 21, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Lace up those sneakers and stretch those hamstrings — it’s time for the 14th annual Run the Pointe Sept. 24.

The once-a-year event, hosted by the Grosse Pointe South High School Athletic Booster Club, raises money for Grosse Pointe South student athletic programs. The event usually attracts about 500 participants. 

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Published September 14, 2016

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WEST BLOOMFIELD/FARMINGTON HILLS — After West Bloomfield resident Alicia Stillman lost her 19-year-old daughter to meningococcal disease, she began fighting to raise awareness about meningitis serogroup B, which is not included in the common meningitis vaccine given to adolescents in the U.S.

Recently, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services sent a letter and education information to every college and university in the state recommending that institutions review the vaccination requirements in preparation for the fall semester.

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Published September 13, 2016

HAZEL PARK/WARREN — Pet Adoption Alternative of Warren is teaming up with Hazel Park Animal Control to provide pet owners with low-cost vaccinations that will keep their furry friends healthy. Microchips that will help pets return home if they ever end up lost will also be available.

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Published September 12, 2016

DETROIT — Thousands of bicycle riders are expected to head to Detroit Saturday, Sept. 17, for the 15th annual Tour de Troit Bike Ride.

The ride weaves through the city of Detroit and shows off the city from ground level. The organizers aim to give riders a unique experience and highlight a side of Detroit many people don’t often see.

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Published August 31, 2016

ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS — The Paint Creek Trailways Commission and the Friends of the Paint Creek Trail are giving the public a chance to avoid the more than 40,000 people heading out to the annual Mackinac Bridge Walk by participating in a Labor Day Walk and Run right in their own backyard.

The community is invited to participate in the 11th annual Labor Day Virtual Bridge Walk and Run on the Paint Creek Trail Sept. 5.

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Published August 24, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — For families looking to address mental health and communications issues with children in a fun, nonthreatening way, a local mental health service provider will screen the 2015 Pixar film “Inside Out” as a means to start the conversation.

Kadima, a mental health service provider,  was formed 32 years ago by families within the Jewish community. The organization has since grown to become a nondenominational group that works to address a wide range of mental health issues through clinical assistance and increasing awareness.

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