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Ornish Program offers lifestyle, diet training

When life gets busy, developing heart healthy habits like exercising, preparing nutritious meals and managing stress may seem like the last of our priorities. According to Dr. Andrew Fiedler, a cardiologist at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, healthy lifestyle habits are key to keeping us from developing heart disease or other serious health problems. Heart disease refers to a variety of heart conditions, the most common of which is coronary heart disease, which is caused when plaque builds up ...

Berrien Community Foundation Executive Director Lisa Cripps-Downey is focused on family, community development

Crockpots and pressure cookers. That’s how Lisa Cripps-Downey gets through her busy life as wife and mother, community advocate, playwright and executive director of the Berrien Community Foundation. This small town girl who grew up in Niles has made her mark on the lakefront town of St. Joseph, where she now calls home. The University of Michigan alum’s resume is full of titles held in southwest Michigan — ranging from Buchanan High School theater director to news reporter. Today, ...

Cass County structures played large role in Abolitionist Movement

Old homes are said to have secrets. The Bonine House at M-60 and Penn Road in Vandalia, Michigan, embodies this adage in a profound way. In addition to its place as an architectural treasure, it boasts a rich, mysterious legacy from perhaps the most turbulent period of American history.  Originally the home of abolitionists James E. Bonine and Sarah Bogue, the Bonine House is widely appreciated as one of the finest examples of Second Empire Victorian architecture in the region. Its stature is ...

Granger physicians built home with open concept in mind

Perched on a stool, a cup of coffee on the high-top table in front of him, Jesse Hsieh starts most mornings watching small animals frolic around his expansive backyard. The family physician is so close to the outdoors that he may as well be sitting on the back patio, but with the tall wall-to-wall windows that line the back half of the great room, he and his wife can enjoy nature with the added benefit of temperature control. “We chose these windows because we wanted to bring the outside ...

Roll out the fun for fall with this DIY game

One of the best parts about fall — besides football, color-changing leaves and pumpkin-flavored everything — is the gorgeous weather. Yard games are a great way to spend the time outside and are the perfect way to involve everyone, young and old. Yard Yahtzee is one of the newest trends in outdoor fun and makes the perfect addition to your game collection. Follow these simple steps to create your own. STEP ONE: If your wood needs to be cut, that will need to be done first. Most home ...

Make your living room the hottest hangout in town

For those who enjoy entertaining, a properly stocked bar is a must. While it is a treat to go out to your favorite establishment or lounge, spending an evening in the comfort of your own home is the ultimate luxury — but only if you have properly prepared by creating a space which can welcome everyone from cocktail amateurs to party professionals. By investing in basic bar tools and stocking up on a few key liquors and mixers, you are setting yourself up to be the ultimate host, which will ...

Local physician debunks popular food myths

Fall begins a marathon of months often filled with unhealthy treats, but a number of favorite foods may have an unnecessarily bad reputation. Dr. Asad Ansari, a pediatric pulmonologist and sleep medicine specialist with Beacon Medical Group in South Bend, says the impact of various food groups is not necessarily one-size-fits-all. MYTH 1: Chocolate gives you acne. Consuming chocolate does not mean your face will automatically break out in pimples. “For most people, chocolate likely will ...

Why I Love Michiana: Whitney Behnke

Whitney Behnke is no stranger to southwest Michigan. After growing up in Coloma, the 28-year-old explored the United States for a bit but returned home to the corner of the Mitten State where she met her husband, a Dowagiac police officer. Drawn to Lake Michigan, Behnke left Dowagiac last winter and moved a little farther west. Today, she spends her days showing off all St. Joseph and the surrounding communities have to offer as executive director of St. Joseph Today. What do you do as ...

Do it yourself: Mini-campfire perfect for indoors

Summertime is here, and if you are anything like me, you are itching to cozy up around a campfire to make ooey, gooey s’mores. Many of us are lucky enough to have a great sized yard for a fire pit or friends who do. But for those who do not, this DIY is just for you. This tabletop fire pit is perfect for apartments, small yards or even for when you are in the mood to bring the outdoors inside. All you will need is a shallow planter, river rocks and a small can of chafing fuel. STEP ONE: ...

Cassopolis rental lodge built for fellowship

Homes are synonymous with the idea of a sanctuary. An implicit belief buried in this notion is that a home has a singular family, but this is not the case for Ted and Brenda Gogol’s Knotty Pine Lodge. The sprawling 3,770-square-foot structure has a wide open-concept space and is situated on picturesque Stone Lake in Cassopolis, Michigan. Popular in the summertime, the lake serves as a getaway for folks who share its charms, surprises and comfort for everything from workshops and conferen...