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Family members clad in cloth face masks applauded, cheered and rang cowbells as two “senior citizen” paddlers worked their way to the Grand Haven pier heads early Monday afternoon, completing a multi-year journey to traverse the entire length of the Grand River.

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North Ottawa Community Hospital is tightening restrictions on who can be tested for COVID-19 at its remote testing site at the former Panera Bread location in Grand Haven.

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Long meetings are a necessary evil in most careers. Now that so many people are working from home, meetings have transitioned from in-person to online video calls. Hours and hours spent staring at your screen can strain your eyes. Every device emits blue light, which the sun also emits.

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Dear Mayo Clinic: Our family loves to exercise outdoors. With summer coming, I want to make sure our family stays safe. What advice do you have for staying hydrated and avoiding issues while working out in the heat?

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With gyms still closed throughout the state and people anxious to get moving outside, the businesses supporting outdoor activities have been booming.

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As gyms across the state remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local prep sports coaches are forced to come up with creative ways to get their athletes in shape for the coming fall season.

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FRUITPORT — A month after it was originally scheduled to begin, Dancing into the Sunset was given the go-ahead by the Village of Fruitport to start the outdoor activity on Thursday, July 2.

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SEATTLE — As a certified nurse midwife, Emelia Udd is well acquainted with the complexities of labor and delivery. But as she faced the birth of her own second child last month in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, she found herself weighing a number of troubling new scenarios.

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The county’s annual fitness program returns later this month.

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Debbie Voorhies and her dog, Primrose, enjoyed the sunshine and unseasonably mild temperatures Monday with a walk through downtown Grand Haven. Voorhies recently moved to Grand Haven from Hudson, Massachusetts, just outside Boston. Her favorite part about West Michigan? “The traffic here is …

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The Ottawa County health department is providing opportunities to get outside and be active this winter.

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Each month, local health care professionals answer your questions. Dr. Matthew Schoeck of Mercy Health Physician Partners North Ottawa Internal Medicine answers your questions about arthritis.

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When Angela Peters’ two young sons return from school, they bound into her Commerce Township home to check the kitchen counter for fruit, plus the pantry and a garage fridge for snacks.

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After six months in the hospital and 14 brain surgeries, young Justin Pruitt – nicknamed Junior – is back in his Grand Haven home and is amazing family members and visitors with the progress he’s made.

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Each month, local health care professionals answer your questions. This month, Dr. Stuart VanderHeide, of Hospice of North Ottawa Community, answers your questions about palliative care.

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FERRYSBURG — Children screamed in delight as a mist of water sprayed out of an inflatable T-Rex sprinkler.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes this year compared with last year, an unprecedented jump in a large annual survey of teen smoking, drinking and drug use.

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Ellis Raymond has spent almost half her 30 years involved in teaching swimming and water safety. It’s her passion, her mission. But when parents ask — which they do all the time — at what level their kids can be considered safe in the water, her answer is always the same:

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Pain and injury are an inevitable part of life, and being held back from the activities we love is very stressful. However, unraveling in simple terms pain and injury (note they are not the same) can make a tough situation easier to handle.

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Concussion awareness and treatment has improved by leaps and bounds in the last decade. We have moved beyond the old thinking of, “It’s no big deal. I just got my bell rung,” to prioritizing early identification and effective management. Research does show changes to the brain from repeated …

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There is nothing worse than seeing the look of disappointment and pain on a child's face. After an offseason filled with practicing and dreaming of the upcoming season, one wrong step, cut, or jump can lead to an injury and season of sitting on the bench. If possible, wouldn’t you take all t…

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If you start talking with anyone about sports performance training, you will hear many different opinions. Even at the highest level of professional sports, philosophy and techniques differ. With so many opinions, how are you supposed to find out what is correct for your child? To help make …

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In the first round of the 2012 NBA playoffs, super-star basketball player Derrick Rose tore his ACL. Rose had surgery a few weeks later, after completing rigorous pre-surgical rehabilitation to prepare his knee for the procedure. Ten months later, he was cleared by his surgeon to play, yet R…

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Parents have a new opportunity to help their young children develop sports skills through a unique national program that is now available through the Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority (NORA).

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We’ve seen it before — an unfortunate situation where an athlete lands awkwardly and falls to the ground grabbing their knee. The first thought that typically occurs among those watching is, “uh-oh, I hope it isn’t an ACL injury!” What exactly is the ACL though? And why is it injured so frequently?

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Last winter, Sandy Klaassen bought pink ties so the staff at Klaassen Family Funeral Home could wear them this month in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Zoe McGregor said it was really cool to get out of school Thursday to enjoy some time at the beach.