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“The goal is basically to teach the kids in our community healthy lifestyle choices and healthy decisions that are going to improve their overall well-being and health,” said YMCA sports coordinator Emmy Holt.

The event was open and free to the public and covered issues like nutrition, fitness, physical activity and mental health.

“We want to teach them young, (and) give them information at this age to help develop them into older children who are going to make really good decisions — want to get outside, want to take care of themselves, want to think about what they eat and how that’s going to affect them in the long run,” Holt said.

Beyond teaching kids about being healthy and thinking about their wellness, Holt said the goal is also to “reach out to the parents of the community and let them know what’s available. We have a super community full of super awesome organizations that want to help kids and better kids’ overall well-being. To be able to connect the two is our goal.”

“We have a ton of organizations … who came and are sponsors or came to be a vendor,” Holt said. Main sponsors of the event were Dental Associates of Marquette, Radio Results Network, Tadcyh’s EconoFoods and Thrivent Financial. Other organizations that set up informational tables included the Marquette Food Co-Op, sharing information about healthy food choices, UP Health System trauma department, which gave away bike helmets, and the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum.

Michigan State Police troopers had a booth for creating child identification CDs as well as K-9 unit demonstrations. At noon, representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard gave a presentation on water safety.

On top of informational tables, a variety of games and activities were available to get kids thinking and moving.

Holt said that although YMCA of Marquette County has held a Healthy Kids Day for years, she saw this year’s event as a “revamped and ramped up” version.

“We’re trying to make it a bigger event than it has been in the past, to really connect those organizations that want to help serve kids in our community and try to get them together,” Holt said. “We try to do a few events every year that are open for the community, so you don’t have to be a member of the Y, all you’ve got to do is show up and enjoy the service.”

Next up this year, Holt said the Y is excited to begin its summer day camp. Kids ages 6-12 can be signed up on a weekly basis to enjoy swimming, field trips, sports, arts and crafts, Spanish lessons and career exploration. Summer day camp begins June 11, but registration is now open, Holt said. More information can be found at

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In good health: Three critically endangered red wolf pups – two male …

Five months after their move to Durham, the Museum of Life and Science’s red wolf pair are parents. The museum celebrated the birth of three red wolf pups on Saturday. After a checkup on Sunday, the museum announced that the pups are doing well and include two males and a female.

Less than 300 red wolves, once a top predator in the southeastern United States, live in captivity or in the wild. Now there are three more to add to their ranks.

“We’re so excited. We couldn’t be more thrilled to do our part in the recovery of this critically endangered species,” said Sherry Samuels, the Museum of Life and Science’s Animal Department Director and member of the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan Management Team. “The first 30 days are a particularly critical time and we will continue regular monitoring.”

Pups arrive a year after previous litter

The births come a year after the museum’s previous red wolf pair gave birth to six red wolf pups. Four pups ultimately survived from that litter. And three went on a brief adventure when they escaped from their enclosure in June before safely returning home. In November, that red wolf family moved the Wolf Conservation Center in Salem, N.Y.

At about the same time, a new breeding pair took their place in the museum’s wolf habitat. They include a male born in May 2010 at the Wolf Conservation Center who had sired two litters of pups, along with a female, who was born in August 2014 at N.C. State’s College of Veterinary Medicine and was later transferred to the N.C. Zoo.

  • See pictures of the red wolf pups

This is the fourth time in 25 years that successful breeding of red wolves has occurred at the Museum of Life and Science, according to a press release. The museum received its first red wolf in November 1992, followed by a litter of pups in May 1993 and April 2002. After 15 years with no pups, the museum welcomed in new litter in April 2017.

In good health

A checkup on Sunday found that all three pups were doing well and in good health, according to a post on the museum’s Facebook page. The red wolf family remains on exhibit in the Explore the Wild enclosure, which is open to visitors for now, according to a museum press release, but they might not always be easy to spot.

Pups typically begin to open their eyes about 10 to 14 days after they are born and often venture out of the den for short periods of time around three weeks of age, the press release says.

At around six weeks, they will begin to spend longer amounts of time out of the den, but the public should not plan to see much of them before early June.

Even then, they may be difficult to spot; red wolves are notoriously shy and can be quite reserved around crowds and loud noises, according to the museum. Museum staff will be present at the wolf habitat throughout the summer to answer questions and help guests stay calm, quiet and observant, the release says.

“Like last summer, it should be another amazing ride for everyone in the Museum family,” Samuels said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our visitors to practice the skills used by wildlife biologists observing red wolves in the wild. Quiet observation and patience will be key when viewing our new pups.”

The pups also are in for lots of checkups. The museum’s animal care staff will continue to monitor the health of both the pups and the adult wolf pair over the coming weeks. Pup checks will occur throughout the first week. A preventative medicine protocol of deworming, vaccines, and general checks will occur approximately every two weeks until they reach 16 weeks of age, according to the museum.

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Emmy-nominated host of ‘The Doctors’ to present at Healthcare Symposium in May

EDITORS NOTE: The following is the second of a five-part series focused on The Health Plan’s first-ever Health Care Symposium on May 22 and May 23 in Wheeling. The two-day event focuses on the challenges in healthcare legislation, the technology behind the medicine, and quality of care.

EDITORS NOTE: The following is the second of a five-part series focused on The Health Plan’s first-ever Health Care Symposium on May 22 and May 23 in Wheeling. The two-day event focuses on the challenges in healthcare legislation, the technology behind the medicine, and quality of care.

NCWV Media Business Editor John Dahlia can be reached at 304-276-1801 or by email at

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An active mind key to good health says Canada’s oldest blood donor …

Beatrice Janyk, 95, drinks a juice box before donating blood at Canada Blood Services in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday April 18, 2018. According to the organization, Janyk, who began donating blood after her late husband was involved in a sawmill accident in 1947, is Canada’s oldest blood donor.



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An active mind key to good health says Canada’s oldest blood donor

Beatrice Janyk, 95, drinks a juice box before donating blood at Canada Blood Services in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday April 18, 2018. According to the organization, Janyk, who began donating blood after her late husband was involved in a sawmill accident in 1947, is Canada’s oldest blood donor.



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Students celebrate good health, new water station at Dr. Levesque Elementary School

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — Students at Dr. Levesque Elementary School are all about being healthy. The children celebrated healthier drinking habits on Friday when the Aroostook County Action Program hosted a ‘Splash Party’ to unveil a new water filling station/drinking fountain at the school. [Read more...]

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Is Having A Dog Good For Your Health? 9 Ways Adopting Can …

While you may still need to reach out to friends, a therapist, or possibly even take medication for symptoms of depression, spending time with your dog can certainly help, too.

“Numerous studies have shown that having a pet can lessen the symptoms of depression and help pet parents maintain a positive, optimistic outlook,” Elisabeth Geier, writer, teacher, and rescue dog advocate for, tells Bustle. “Of course, this is something us dog guardians know without needing a study to tell us: just think how many times your dogs has sidled up to comfort you while you cry, or made you laugh out loud in the midst of a difficult time. Animal companionship can be an important, even life-saving component of self-care for people experiencing depression and other mood disorders.”

Also, having someone to take care of can be inspiring and motivating. Just make sure you know what you’re getting into before adopting a dog, since taking care of them requires a lot of time, energy, and effort — which may be difficult to muster if you haven’t been feeling well.

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Your Good Health: Asthma can require fast-acting inhaler

Dear Dr. Roach: I am wondering if there is a safer inhaler to use in place of an albuterol inhaler. I have high blood pressure that, at times, is very difficult to control. I have not yet tried the albuterol inhaler. I was prepared to, but stopped before doing so after reading the side-effects and potential dangers to the heart for someone with high blood pressure.


Asthma is a condition of reversible airway obstruction. It has many triggers, such as smoke or other airborne irritants. Exercise, infection, cold air and emotional stress also can trigger an asthma attack, and in some people, attacks can happen for no clear reason.

Once an attack occurs, treatment with a fast-acting inhaler such as albuterol provides relief for most people, and it can even be lifesaving for those with severe asthma. I recommend that all people with asthma have a fast-acting inhaler, just in case. People with frequent symptoms should carry it with them, as well as keep one in their home/work/ car, as appropriate. During an attack, the benefit outweighs the negligible risk to the heart.

However, it’s not optimal to take medicines such as albuterol all the time. They do raise the heart rate, causing palpitations and tremour. Albuterol usually does not raise blood pressure significantly.

People who use a lot of albuterol or similar inhalers are more likely to be hospitalized for asthma than those who don’t. To some extent, this is due to having more severe illness.

Inhaled steroids are another type of inhaler for asthma. They prevent attacks, instead of treating them, and they are useless for people who are having an acute attack. However, people who use more inhaled steroids are less likely to be hospitalized than those who don’t.

People who need albuterol should take it. People who need to take albuterol frequently should be on a better control medication, such as inhaled steroids, so that they need albuterol less often.

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 76-year-old female in good health who eats a sensible diet and exercises regularly. Despite many years of experimenting with different medication (including hydralazine, candesartan and atenolol) for high blood pressure, my pressure remains high (today’s reading is 183/107). I also am suffering with water retention and swollen legs and ankles, despite taking a diuretic. Please tell me about the connection between high blood pressure and water retention.


The most likely cause of swollen legs and ankles in you is probably the hydralazine, which works by opening up blood vessels. Swelling, also called edema, is a common side effect of hydralazine and other blood pressure medicines that work this way, especially the calcium channel blockers, such as amlodipine.

However, there other potential causes. The first is that many people, especially older women, develop leaky veins due to the valves in the veins wearing out over time. Many, if not most, older women will notice a little fluid in the ankles and feet at the end of the day, especially if sitting or standing for much of the day. This normally is a benign condition.

The blood pressure you noted is very poorly controlled, and continued high numbers might damage the kidneys and heart. Leg edema can be a sign of damage to these organs, and in addition to getting the blood pressure under better control promptly, your doctor might wish to consider looking for damage to the kidney (especially protein in the urine) or heart (with an echocardiogram).

Dr. Roach regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible. Readers may email questions to

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To Your Good Health: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Has a New Name, Possibly a New Test

Dear Dr. Roach: For two years, I have had symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Like many of my fellow sufferers, I continually feel bad, but no test can confirm my diagnosis.

Because of this and other factors, I am looking at “psychosomatic illness” as a cause. CFS would lend itself to such a diagnosis. Any information you could offer would be appreciated. — R.S.

Answer: The term “psychosomatic” simply means “mind and body.” It is clear to me that there is no significant disease of the body that does not affect the mind, at least to some extent. And there is no serious condition that affects the mind where the body does not suffer in some way. From that perspective, all diseases are psychosomatic.

However, the term is used in everyday language to describe a person with nothing wrong with the body, whose symptoms are due entirely to emotions. It’s very frustrating, since it implies that a person’s physical symptoms are due to some weakness in his or her character.

This is certainly not the case with chronic fatigue syndrome. The recommendation now is to call it “systemic exertion intolerance disease,” which is a better explanation of the condition. The Institute of Medicine proposed new criteria for diagnosing SEID (one place to read about this report is at While there is not yet a blood test to confirm the diagnosis, researchers at Stanford recently reported a pattern of inflammatory markers that may help confirm and quantify the severity of this condition.

A full description of this complex illness is beyond the scope of this column. Although there is no cure, there are a variety of treatments available. I must caution against the over-aggressive use of exercise programs, which can worsen symptoms.

Dear Dr. Roach: I wear a fitness tracker 24/7. Any health risks? — C.P.

Answer: There are several kinds of fitness trackers, ranging from devices that measure activity (such as steps and stairs) to devices that also measure heart rate and precise location via GPS. They can be worn as a bracelet or watch, or carried in the pocket or elsewhere. None of this electronic activity is in any way harmful.

I have seen only two kinds of health risks from trackers. The first is a skin reaction to the device itself. This happens in people who are sensitive, and it’s not uncommon. It may happen right away or as the bracelet wears.

The second is that some people overdo it. These devices are designed to help motivate people to more activity, and that effect is variable: Some people have no effect; many people get a benefit; and a few people overdo it.

Dear Dr. Roach: My 52-year-old sister was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol. She has significant financial resources and gold-standard health care. Her liver has failed to bounce back. This month, she was placed on a liver-transplant list. How long can my sister live with alcoholic liver cirrhosis while awaiting a liver transplant? If she complies with transplant protocol (no alcohol, no salt, counseling, etc.), how likely is it that any alcoholic receives a liver donation? The doctors say her MELD score is 25. Could her liver recover so that she won’t need a transplant? — S.H.

Answer: I am sorry to hear about your sister. Prolonged, heavy alcohol use can lead to cirrhosis, which is an irreversible condition of liver damage. Stopping alcohol use usually prevents progression of liver disease. Liver disease is estimated by the MELD score. Less than 15 is mild; greater than 35 is the most severe. It is unlikely that her liver would recover with this degree of damage.

According to the most up-to-date statistics from the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, there are 14,000 people waiting for a liver transplant now. People with more severe liver disease are higher priority for the very limited number of organs that become available. As of December 2016, the median wait time for a liver transplant for a person with a MELD score between 15 and 34 was about eight months, meaning that half of people on the waiting list will be transplanted within eight months, and the other half will still be waiting. About 10 percent of people between ages 50 and 64 die each year waiting for a transplant.

People with acute liver failure, from whatever cause, are more likely to die awaiting transplant than people who are on the transplant list for other causes, including alcoholic liver disease, hepatitis C or other causes. The vast majority of deaths on the waiting list are in people whose MELD score is above 35, which is why they are at such high priority for an organ.

It used to be the case that people with alcoholic liver disease were considered lower priority for transplant. However, the data show that liver transplantation is just as effective in selected patients with alcoholic liver disease as any other cause. However, abstinence from alcohol is an expectation for people on the transplant list. Many centers use a six-month rule prior to listing a patient; however, the six-month rule is somewhat arbitrary, and the earlier a person is listed, the better the likelihood of getting an organ. In studies, between 11 percent and 30 percent of people will drink after transplant, but only 5 percent had “excessive” drinking.

Dr. Roach Writes: A recent column on lip burning and pain generated many suggestions from readers with similar symptoms. Advice included: repeated applications of zinc oxide cream or petrolatum (Vaseline); B-12 tablets (get your level tested first, though); avoiding triggers, such as sodium lauryl sulfate (present in many toothpastes) and fruits like pineapple and melon. As always, I appreciate my readers who take the time to write in, and I am touched by the desire to help others with their experiences.

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