Author: A Healthier Michigan

National Women’s Health Week: Women’s Health 101

By: Dr. Patricia Ferguson, MD, medical director and physician consultant at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan The Institute for Women’s Policy Research grades the overall health of Michigan women as a “D+”. Though the below-average score may be surprising, it’s another important reason why females should schedule regular doctor visits...

Identifying Childhood Stress

Like adults, children can experience physical, mental and emotional stress that impacts how they think and act. Recognizing abnormal stress in a child can prevent him or her from developing more serious, long-term mental health issues early on and as adults. This is especially important knowing that depression, anxiety, and...

Six Foods That Improve Mental Health

Nearly one in five Americans struggle with mental illness each year. While many people know a healthy diet is great for the body, not many are aware it’s also beneficial for the mind. Small dietary changes can boost cognitive function and reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders....

Healthy Ways to Mix Up Valentine’s Day

By: Grace Derocha, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and certified health coach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Americans spend an average of 400 million dollars on candy the week before Valentine’s Day. Despite the temptation to indulge in sweets and romantic gestures, there are many ways to celebrate...

Eleven Healthy Habits for Winter

By: Grace Derocha, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and certified health coach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Throughout the winter months, it’s normal to feel a change in physical and mental well-being—In fact, reports show that Americans practice less healthy habits during the cold season. Though a variety...

Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas

By: Grace Derocha, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and certified health coach with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Dr. Gina Lynem-Walker The average American anticipates spending more than $900 during the holiday season. Despite efforts to set a budget, 58 percent of families go beyond their means and a...

Dry and Secondary Drowning: What You Should Know

By: Dr. T. Jann Caison-Sorey, associate medical director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 people die every day from unintentional drowning. Of those, two are children ages 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among unintentional injury-related deaths in the...

Where to go for Care: Decoding Your Medical Provider Options

By: Dr. S. George Kipa, MD, deputy chief medical officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan  Recent studies indicate that nearly half of the 500,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan member visits to the emergency room (ER) in 2015 were inappropriate or potentially avoidable. The average cost of...

Cholesterol 101

By: Grace Derocha, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and certified health coach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan More than 102 million American adults have unhealthy cholesterol levels. Because there are no symptoms, many individuals with high cholesterol remain unaware that they carry a higher risk for heart disease,...

A Parent’s Guide to Dietary Discussions

By: Grace Derocha, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and certified health coach with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Knowing that one in three Michigan children are overweight or obese, it’s crucial that parents understand the best approach to discussions around health. The physical, mental and emotional consequences of ignoring...

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