Working (Out) Together

Biking to work, hitting the gym, weighing-in? Sounds like a decent workout program. It's even better when it happens with employer reimbursements and co-worker encouragement.Many area businesses are reacting to rising health care insurance costs with a hands-on fix and putting money into prevention instead...

Ask the Plastic Surgeons

Dr. Gustav J. Lo, MDCosmetic Skin and Laser CenterHow have attitudes changed toward cosmetic surgery? Both are much more common and more accepted than in the past. In the 12 years we've been doing non-surgical aesthetics (laser treatments, Botox, fillers), the number of annual procedures in...

Healthcare Reform is Here

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has left our legislators, employers and the general public in a fog of confusion. As then-Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D) attempted to elucidate, "We have to pass the bill in order to know what is...

Boomers No Babies When It Comes To Fitness

TRAVERSE CITY - Certified personal trainer and Traverse City area native Julie Schmuckal has launched a business that helps Baby Boomers work through the aches and pains of getting older.While living in Chicago, she "saw the writing on the wall" that Boomers age 50 and...

Childish Arguments Close Door on Discussion

I am a Yooper, raised in Hancock. My dad was raised in Iron Mountain. My mother, though, was born and raised in Natchez, Mississippi. Growing up, our vacations meant driving to Natchez to visit Mom's side of the family. Ten minutes after seeing...

TC’s Future Bright or Burdened

In recent years many cities and governmental units in Michigan have been forced to drastically reduce services in addition to raising taxes. Over the last several years, Traverse City through careful management of resources and prudent city commission decisions has been able to avoid tax...

Responsive Web Design-Fad or Future?

TRAVERSE CITY - If your website fills your customers' smartphones with teeny script, then it's time to get on the responsive web design bandwagon."It's the latest buzzword," said Tim Barrons, co-owner of Byte Productions in Traverse City."It's the ability to have a website that's...

E-Books Boost Revenue

A recent Pew Research Center survey said fully one-third of American adults now own an e-reader, a trend that concerned many in the publishing world at first.Fresh sales opportunities have morphed this initial wariness into excitement, local bibliophiles say."It is true, many of us in...

Big Brothers Blindfold

It's officially illegal: Michigan employers can no longer request access to the private online accounts of potential or current employees as part of hiring or review practices.This past December, Governor Rick Snyder signed House Bill 5523 - also known as the Internet Privacy Protection Act...

Old School No More

It may have taken a little while, but some of the area's most venerable institutions - such as tourism, governmental and public safety agencies - have turned to Facebook as a primary source of customer engagement.Once the stomping grounds of in-the-know 20-somethings, having a...