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A Better You Starts Here:, By Lauren Lahram

Local doctors of chiropractic are sponsoring this amazing website, which offers more than 1,000 fun activities. You can find hiking trails, yoga classes and hundreds of other programs. is the largest listing of healthy-living activities in West- Michigan and the state.   The program is a partnership between the Michigan Association of Chiropractors and the Michigan Department of Community Health.   With an easy, point-and-click design, is searchable by region. People looking to get active can find wide-ranging programs for every exercise level.   The website also links to an amazing, free, computerized health coach, produced by the Michigan Department of Community Health, where individuals can create a personal health plan.   “With 12.4 percent of our youth now obese, it’s particularly important that we stem the rising obesity tide,” stated Olga Dazzo, Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health. She is concerned that left unchecked, the obesity epidemic will create the first generation of Michigan residents that won’t live as long as their parents.   A new study by the University of North Carolina confirms what chiropractors have known—obesity contributes to spinal pain. Over 67 percent of Michigan adults are overweight or obese, consuming nearly 600 more calories per day than 40 years ago. Children are also affected.   “It is time for aggressive action by health care providers and government agencies alike to help turn this costly tide,” said Dr. Dan Spencer, President of the Michigan Association of Chiropractors (MAC). “More importantly, individuals need to be concerned with their own health and encourage their family and friends to lead a healthier lifestyle.” is a powerful tool that can help make a focus on wellness a daily activity.


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