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For the first time, bottled water is expected to outsell soft drinks this year

An increase in buyer awareness, and concerns of water contamination – most notably in Flint – are said to have contributed to an uptick in bottled water sales.

For the first time, bottled water is expected to outsell soft drinks this year. Continue reading

Seniors with Blue Cross Blue Shield Medigap insurance can expect a rate increase next year

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A five-year freeze on Blue Cross Blue Shield Legacy Medigap rates will expire at the end of the year.

Starting in January, Medigap insurance holders could see increases ranging from 48 dollars to 177 dollars per month – depending on individual circumstances. Continue reading

Adults are urged to stay current with vaccinations

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Fewer than thirty percent of adults in America, receive their recommended vaccinations each year. The state is reminding people vaccinations aren’t just for children.


Health officials say adults living with heart disease, diabetes, HIV and chronic kidney disease are more at risk for complications from vaccine-preventable illnesses.

They say, staying current on vaccinations not only protects the recipient but helps prevent the spread of diseases within the community.

Jennifer Eisner is the spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services. She says, when mom and dad are vaccinated, it can protect the family.

“Often times adults may think that vaccines are for younger children and may forget about protecting themselves. What’s important to remember is that by staying up-to-date on your vaccines you’re actually helping to protect children you’re around as well.”

Eisner says, the CDC has a recommended vaccination schedule for certain age and high risk groups.

Here’s a link to the CDC vaccination schedule http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/adult.html

Northern Michigan mental health agency implements a new crisis team

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As many as fifteen-hundred people a year in northern Michigan seek out mental health crisis services.

Now a local agency has formed a 24-hour crisis team.

Northern Lakes Community Mental Health has implemented the new crisis services team. Continue reading

Pregnant women and children in Flint should continue drinking bottled water, says Flint medical society

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The Genesee County Medical Society this week said pregnant women and children in Flint should use an abundance of caution when it comes to drinking water.

The group said filters work when used correctly. But they say it’s better for pregnant women and children to be cautious, and drink bottled water. Continue reading

Native American health bill removing IRS oversight passes US House

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A bill removing a waiting period for Native Americans to add to their health savings accounts has passed through the US House.

Right now, Native Americans must wait three months after receiving care at an Indian health clinic before contributing to a health savings account. Continue reading

Health officials testing sewer contaminated water in Grand Traverse Bay

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Health officials in Traverse City expect to know Tuesday, June 13, whether or not they can lift a public health advisory in the Grand Traverse Bay

Three-thousand gallons of untreated sewage leaked out of a sewer, and into a creek that flows through the Boardman River, and into Grand Traverse Bay on Saturday, June 11. Continue reading

The state is offering to forgive student loan debt for medical professionals in Genesee County

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In a move to address health concerns among Flint residents related to the water crisis, the state is offering to forgive student loans for health care professionals in Genesee County.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human services is offering to forgive up to 50 thousand dollars of student loans for as many as 15 health professionals. Continue reading

A Saginaw safe fitness park will be opening for the summer this weekend

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A gated fitness park will be opening  Sunday in Saginaw.

The park was created in 2010 by Mission in the City, a nonprofit connected with a Saginaw church, New Life baptist, after homes were demolished on the property.

The church wanted to help people in Saginaw have a safe place to get active.

Yvette Haynes is with Mission in the City. She said the park has a number of features.

“A pavilion, a quarter mile walking track, a toddlers playground, two full size basketball courts that can be converted to playing volleyball and lots of green area.”

Hanyes said the church wanted to help people in Saginaw have a safe place to get active.

“Our church back in 1999 did a community survey based on the needs of the people in the community and recreation was one of those areas, and so that became our mission, which is now a 501 C 3 community development arm of our church, where we get out the walls of the church and become externally focused.

Haynes said the park will be open to the public until October.

Federal officials urge President Obama to ask Canada to consider alternative location for storing nuclear waste

SignSenators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters wrote a letter to the President asking him and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to consider an alternative location for storing nuclear waste.Right now the plan is to bury it in Canada near the shores of Lake Huron.

Senator Debbie Stabenow said the President and the Prime Minister Trudeau are scheduled to meet at the North American Leaders Summit later this month. She expects the nuclear disposal location will be discussed.

“ There has been a proposal put forward to put right on Lake Huron a disposal site underground site. On the Canadian side to store nuclear waste. And this is something that I’ve raised concerns about.”

The Canadian Minister of the Environment has twice postponed issuing a decision on the dump location. Since the most recent postponement, a new decision date has not been set

Congressman Dan Kildee is asking for the help from the U.S. Department of Defense in getting clean drinking water to Oscoda, in Iosco county

file000645083111Congressman Dan Kildee is calling on the U.S. Department of Defense to find an alternative water source for Oscoda residents who use well water.
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Veteran health fair in Saginaw looking to improve vets’ overall health

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A veteran health fair in Saginaw is hoping to help veterans to improve their eating habits, and to raise awareness for homeless veterans.

The health fair will have healthy eating tips, information on health benefits and weight loss programs available for veterans and their families. Continue reading