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Over 2 million pounds of food have been delivered to Flint so far this year

food pantry-1As much as 400 thousand pounds of food are delivered to Flint residents every month. This according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The effort is part of a program that offers free high-nutrient foods available to residents to offset lead exposure.

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Michigan DNR assists in fire fighting efforts in southeastern states

DSC_0150Extreme drought conditions in the southeastern states has led to a series of wildfires across four states.

The state Department of Natural Resources has dispatched several teams to assist in fighting the fires.

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A Grand Traverse County cancer center recently received a donation of 100 books to help expand children’s imaginations

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A Traverse City cancer center recently received a donation of 100 children’s they say they hope will inspire kids when they or a family member is in treatment.

The Cowell Family Cancer Center received the donation from the Michigan Architectural Fund. The books focus on architects and career building. Continue reading

Don’t double up doses this cold and flu season

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The peak time for cold and flu season is quickly approaching and health professionals are encouraging people to check labels for the recommended dosage of cold and flu medicines. Acetaminophen is a commonly found in the medicines, and it can lead to health problems if it’s not used correctly.


Health experts said acetaminophen overdoses contribute to 26-thousand hospitalizations each year. Some resulting in dysfunction of the liver.

Brett Snodgrass is a family nurse practitioner. She said there are four simple steps to follow to decrease your risk

“Always read labels, we never recommend take more than one medication with acetaminophen, know if your medicine contains acetaminophen, double-check don’t double up, and then always talk to your health care provider.”

Snodgrass said health professionals want consumers to use acetaminophen because it works. But they want people to take care and follow the directions.

Smart911 to be implemented statewide

911d995c3f544c56beea5d16133c50ef911 calls made from cell phones can now include user profiles with important information, thanks to a program called Smart911.

Lt. Governor Brian Calley announced says the state will provide two-million dollars to make the technology available to dispatch centers across the state.

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Trees can help reduce air pollution researchers say

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One environmental group has found a way to help reduce the air pollution across the globe. Their solution is putting nature back into the environment.


A new survey shows planting trees can help reduce air pollution and extreme heat during summer.

Robert McDonald is the lead scientist for the Nature Conservancy, which conducted the survey. He said there are two issues the study focuses on.

“One is how trees cool the air and they do that by shading pavement, and asphalt preventing it from getting the sun’s energy. And then the reports focuses on particulate matter, which globally the most damaging type of air pollution. So when we burn gasoline and other fossil fuels there are little particles that float around in the air.”

McDonald said particulate matter pollution contributes to strokes, heart attacks, asthma and other diseases. It kills some three million people a year. He said trees help by serving as a giant filter, and cool surrounding areas by up to four degrees.

Bay City is looking to both encourage voting and protect people from the flu on election day

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Voters in Bay City will have a chance to kill two birds with one stone on election day.

The Monitor Township Hall will have pharmacists on hand to give out flu shots before or after residents vote.

Vote and Vax is a national campaign geared toward making flu shots more available to people. Continue reading

Two Traverse City special education schools are in their second year of an activity based program

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Photo from TBAISD.

Students with special needs or disabilities in Traverse City are benefiting from a program that was implemented last year.

It’s called Mobile Opportunities Via Education, or MOVE.

The model in Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District focuses on each individual student, and how they can ultimately stand, walk, sit and use a toilet by themselves. Continue reading