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Sexual violence on college campuses

The number of sex crimes reported on U.S. college campuses increased by 50 percent over the last decade, according to the latest Indicators of School Crime and Safety survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice. While sexual violence is difficult to measure, factors such as grade level, gender and rates of campus crime reporting can help determine the prevalence of sexual violence.

Bath’s parks benefit the community in more ways than one

By Holly Osmer
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

BATH — Access to public parks can have positive attributes to communities, no matter the size. According to an article published by The Trust for Public Land, some of these benefits include exposure to nature and greenery which makes people healthier and increased property value. “Research has shown that cities with good parks and recreation services have stronger economic growth so they can attract residents and businesses because they are seen as amenities,” said Director of the Global Urban Studies Program and Professor of Political Science Dr. Laura Reese at Michigan State University. According to Reese, parks can also positively contribute to public health and lowering crime in local communities. “Public events can bring in tourists that shop and eat in the community,” said Director of the Global Urban Studies Program and Professor, Political Science Dr. Laura Reese.

Woman in DeWitt Township arrested for alleged drugged driving

By Cydni Robinson
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

DEWITT — Driving under the influence doesn’t simply mean drunk driving. Prescription drugs can also impair a driver, something a 27-year-old woman allegedly learned the hard way earlier this month. The woman was arrested by DeWitt Township police for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs after an alleged hit-and-run with a mailbox on March 5, police officials said. Driving under the influence doesn’t only deal with illegal drugs and alcohol, it includes any mood or mind-altering substance, says Diana Julian, substance abuse/program manager and counselor at McAlister Institute. Julian says being aware that driving under the influence involves prescription drug abuse is very important.

New urgent care center in St. Johns gives community more options for health emergencies

By Nathaniel Bott
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

ST. JOHNS — The Ouch Urgent Care in Southpoint Mall has been operating now for just over two months after moving into the location previously occupied by a Save-A-Lot store. In February, the Clinton County Medical Center moved next door, allowing Ouch Urgent Care to start offering their full range of services. In addition, the Clinton County Medical Center, which moved just across the parking lot, hopes to add improvements and additional upgrades to their new building. The medical center was previously operating in the Southpoint Mall for 25 years, servicing somewhere around 200 patients per day.

Homeless couple in Clinton County loses child due to alleged lack of medical care

By Cydni Robinson
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

On Feb. 24, DeWitt Township Police and Mercy Ambulance were called to the Town and Country Motel, 16262 U.S. Route 27, at 4:52 a.m., said police officials. When Officer Kyle Kolka arrived to the scene he noticed a naked 45-year-old woman lying on her left side on top of a large amount of blood. Allegedly next to the woman was a male infant that was still attached to an umbilical cord and appeared listless, he said. Kolka attempted to clear the child’s airway and begin CPR.

Okemos High School opens Strength and Conditioning Center

By Tamar Davis
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

OKEMOS – On Feb. 17, Okemos High School opened their new Strength and Conditioning Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new high-tech fitness space. With this being twice the size of the old weight room, it will give every sport team the opportunity to use and develop their weaknesses they might think they need improvement on. “This was a really great move for Okemos High,” said Michigan State Associated Professor Of Kinesiology Karin Pfeiffer. “This gives kids and young people the opportunity to work out somewhere after school for free.

Clinton County keeping an eye on at-risk groups to maintain countywide health

By Brittany Flowers
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

Infants, children and seniors are more susceptible than most people to illness and injury. And the large population of toddlers, tykes and the elderly in Clinton County means a proactive approach is key to maintaining community wide health. Helping keep an eye on county health is the role of the the Mid-Michigan District Health Department, which provides preventative health services for Clinton County individuals, families, and the workplace community, according to the county’s website. The general responsibility of the department is to provide direct health care for particularly high-risk or vulnerable population groups, of which Clinton County has its share. “Even though they are a healthy county they do have at-risk populations who aren’t healthy or who may be at risk,” Mid-Michigan District Health Department Public Officer Leslie Kinnee said.

Clinton County ranks third in the state for overall health

By Liam Tiernan
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps has ranked Clinton County third in the state for overall health. The ranking was based on health factors including length of life, quality of life, and health behaviors such as excessive drinking, exercise opportunities, and smoking. Clinton County’s residents have an outstanding record compared to the state average. Clinton County enjoys 33 percent fewer premature deaths than the state average as well as 4 percent fewer smokers (16 percent to a state average 20), 1 percent fewer excessive drinkers (17 percent to a state average 18), 37 percent fewer sexually transmitted infections (178 cases a year to a state average 481), and an incredible 13 percent fewer children living in poverty (11 percent to a state average 24), according to County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. Personal trainer Mark Denda works out of Lansing.

Electronic cigarette trend reaches Grand Ledge High School

By Rachael Daniel
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

Alternative forms of tobacco such as electronic cigarettes or “e-cigs” and also herbal vaporizer pens have become increasingly popular among smokers as a way to step away from the traditional cigarette, but according to senior Taylor McCrackin, the revolution has made its way to Grand Ledge High School. According to McCrackin from MigVapor, students are not just using them outside and around the school, but e-cigarettes are making appearances inside the classroom as well. “I’ve definitely seen people in class smoking. It’s not frequent, but I’ve seen it,” McCrackin said. Senior Deb VanDeVusse has first-hand experience with the issue.