Category: A Healthier Michigan

A Healthier Coffee: 4 Alternatives to Flavored Creamer

In honor of National Coffee Day (Sept. 29), here’s a look at how you can make your coffee healthier with simple alternatives. There are a lot of articles out there telling you to put down the coffee and pick up less caffeine-packed beverages like herbal teas. While we agree that cutting down...

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Spotting Common Food Allergies in Children

Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies, including 5.9 million children under age 18. This equates to one in 13 children suffering from food allergies. Offices, classrooms and even restaurants often have signs that warn of food allergies. These signs, which were once isolated, are now commonplace. The...

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Cooking with Children: An Age-by-Age Guide

In honor of National Kids Takeover the Kitchen day on Sept. 13, what better way to spark your kid’s interest in healthy eating than to get them involved in the kitchen? Starting them cooking young can develop their passion for watching what they eat and creating healthy meals while teaching them skills...

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Back-to-School: Backpack Health

Back-to-school season means new responsibilities for students, and more than likely, an over-stuffed backpack. What many parents may not realize is that a too-heavy backpack can lead to serious back, shoulder, and neck pain. To alleviate these issues for your child, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends that children...

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Back to School Checklist

  By: Dr. Caison-Sorey, associate medical director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan As summer ends, the thought of back-to-school to-dos can be overwhelming. In fact, a recent study found 80 percent of parents experience anxiety during this time of year; many admitting they feel more stressed than they...

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How Screen Time Affects the Eyes

By: Dr. Gina Lynem-Walker, physician consultant at Blue Cross Blue Shield of MichiganDr. Gina Lynem-Walker A national survey found U.S. teens spend about nine hours in front of screens every day – often longer than the time they spend sleeping. Unfortunately, research also shows those who frequently use screened devices...

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Back to School Parenting Hacks

By: Grace Derocha, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and certified health coach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Despite their best effort to prepare for the back-to-school season, more than 50 percent of parents admit it doesn’t go as planned. Thankfully, small changes in daily routines can make great time-savers...

Blue Cross Promotes National Sneak Zucchini on Your Neighbor’s Porch Day (Today)
Blue Cross Promotes National Sneak Zucchini on Your Neighbor’s Porch Day (Today)

National Sneak Zucchini on Your Neighbor’s Porch Day, which occurs annually on August 8, was created by Pennsylvanian farmers, Tom and Ruth Roy, to help prevent food waste by sharing excess zucchini with friends and family. This food holiday promotes healthy eating, food waste prevention and community produce sharing, all of...

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