Author: A Healthier Michigan

Good Stress vs. Bad Stress
Good Stress vs. Bad Stress and The Body’s Response

Though stress never feels good, it can serve a useful purpose. Stress is a signal to the brain and body that can help us identify physiological and psychological issues. Chronic stress, however, can be a catalyst for depression, anxiety and mood disorders—serious problems that together are ranked number one among the top...

Rainbow Meal Planning

  In the U.S., only eight percent of children consume dark, leafy greens. Many children are tempted by sugary and carb-dense foods, rather than colorful produce that offers phytochemicals and antioxidants. The nutrients found in fruits and vegetables are essential not only for developmental health, but to fight off disease and chronic...

Food Labels
How to Read Food Labels

Food labels are confusing. I hear it all the time. The key to nutrition label reading is to ensure you are aware of the serving size and servings per container. From there, once you know how much you plan to consume, you can read the label appropriately. Try reading this sample label for...

12 Forgotten Winter Fruits and Veggies

Butternut squash and sweet potatoes aren’t the only produce that grow when temperatures drop, try these uncommon fruits and veggies during this chilly winter season to keep you warm and healthy. Artichokes: This savory vegetable can be found fresh twice a year, during the spring and winter seasons. Loaded with folate...

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Detroit Pistons to offer 50 kids unique gameday experience

  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Detroit Pistons have teamed up to offer 50 Michigan kids a once-in-a-lifetime experience at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday, Mar. 10. The Pistons Kids Day sweepstakes, running through Thursday, Feb. 28, will give select children ages 8-12 a chance to go...

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Avoid Winter Workout Woes with These Safety Tips

  Michigan winters mean snow, ice, freezing temperatures and darker days. Even though staying active during these conditions may not seem ideal, there are many health benefits, both physical and mental, to working out during the winter months. Of course, adding snow and ice to a workout routine presents additional challenges and health...

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Michigan January Bucket List: 10 Healthy Ideas to Make the Most of the New Year

If you live in Michigan, your feelings about January probably depend on whether you love or hate the snow. Snow bunny or hermit, there’s plenty of ways for you to embrace this month and start the year off on a positive note. If you’re making resolutions, make sure they’re achievable. Finding...

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Your Holiday Budget Game Plan

A recent survey found that 82 percent of adults in the U.S. find holiday spending stressful. Holiday parties, gift-giving, and the urge to vacation all add up to a less-than-happy bank account. Financial stress can take the joy out of the holiday season, but there are some small steps you can take...

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