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Foot Safety Tips for Adults and Children

The average American takes more than 5,000 steps a day. Feet must withstand wear from carrying body weight and standing or moving on hard surfaces. Feet put up with even more when someone is being active and playing sports.  Summertime comes with unique challenges that can harm foot health and safety. With increased time spent outdoors, barefoot, or in open-toed shoes,… 

Spark up Your 4th of July Table with 2 Festive Recipes

Fourth of July celebrations are synonymous with outdoor barbecues. According to the National Retail Federation, in 2023, 65% of Americans were expected to attend a cookout, barbecue or picnic. Some of the most popular foods include burgers, hot dogs and potato salads. If you’re looking to update your recipe collection for the occasion, consider trying one of these fresh, patriotic recipes… 

Sip Outside the Box – 3 New Smoothie Recipes

While the word “smoothie” is synonymous with “healthy,” many smoothies may be packed in added sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. However, smoothies can be a great vehicle to pack in nutrient-dense ingredients into a snack or meal replacement if made right. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 12.3% and 10% of surveyed adults met fruit and vegetable… 

Sushi Simplified – Easy Steps to Perfecting Homemade Rolls

While many sushi chefs spend upwards of 10 years studying their craft, it’s possible to make delicious beginner rolls at home. Tools like a sushi roller and a rice cooker are nice to have, but not necessary for the process. In the last five years, more grocery chains are carrying ingredients like nori sheets, pickled ginger and more staple ingredients… 

3 Seasonal Dishes with Strawberries

Strawberry season is here, and it’s a fruitful time for Michiganders. According to Michigan Grown, our state generates $6.6 million from strawberry production, including more than 43,000 tons of fresh strawberries. Strawberries are not just a staple to the local economy, but also to health. While they’re nature’s candy of a sort, strawberries are relatively low in calories. Strawberries can help support… 

The MIND Diet Slows Aging and Reduces Dementia Risk

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and more than 6 million Americans are living with either dementia or Alzheimer’s. These rates could more than double by 2060 barring medical advancement, according to a 2021 study in Alzheimer’s & Dementia Journal. Diet has become a focus of dementia research given the multiple effects food has… 

Proven Health Benefits or Wishful Thinking? A Dive into the Science Behind Red Wine

We all desire to lead healthier lives. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a delicious drink served in an elegant glass could help us along the way?  Red wine has long been touted for its heart health benefits. This is because the skin of grapes contains resveratrol, a key antioxidant responsible for the potential health benefits of red wine. Since the… 

Precocious Puberty in Children and How it Impacts the Mental Health of Young Girls

Early puberty, also called precocious puberty, refers to the premature onset of puberty in children. The stages of puberty include body and hormone changes that allow the body to reproduce. These changes can include the growth of pubic hair, breast development, voice changes and more. Early onset puberty can have negative effects on the mental health of children.   What is early puberty… 

Differences in Sleep Needs Between Men and Women

A recent survey showed women are nearly twice as likely (31%) as men (17%) to say they rarely or never wake up feeling refreshed and well-rested. Sex and gender contribute to sleep disparities between men and women, but societal norms and roles play a part as well. Women are more likely to have increased caregiving responsibilities, which can also disrupt…