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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… 

2 Bite-sized Tapas Recipes to Spoil Mom for Mother’s Day

A 2024 National Retail Federation survey revealed Mother’s Day spending is expected to reach $33.5 billion this year. This is the second highest projection to be released to date behind last year’s estimate of $35.7 billion. But making something for mom is still special – you don’t have to break the bank to make her feel celebrated. Alongside something crafty, preparing some special… 

Health Disparities in Minority Children

Dr. Angela Seabright, D.O., care management physician at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan  Comprehensive studies over the past five years found that Black and Hispanic children in the U.S. receive worse medical care than their white peers. This includes inequitable treatment across pediatric specialties like neonatal care, primary care, emergency medicine, critical care, mental health care, end-of-life care and… 

Celebrate Dog Appreciation Month with Activity and Homemade Treats

Did you know that more than one-third of families in the U.S. have a dog, and most people consider their dogs as family members? As our furry friends are part of our family, it’s essential to take care of their health. Similar to humans, dogs can also become overweight or obese, contributing to chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes.… 

3 Healthy Elevated Grilled Cheese Ideas

Grilled cheese sandwiches have long held a cherished spot in the hearts and stomachs of many, not just kids. In fact, according to a 2019 YouGov survey, grilled cheese reigns as the most popular sandwich among Americans.  When it comes to crafting a healthier grilled cheese, the choices you make regarding cheese and bread can significantly impact its nutritional profile. Opt… 

3 Spring-Inspired Mocktail Recipes

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, which sheds light on the role of alcoholic beverages in our lives. Alcohol is a central component of social gatherings, celebrations and moments of relaxation. However, as people become more conscious of the effects of alcohol consumption on health and wellbeing, many are turning to alternatives that still provide a sense of festivity and enjoyment.…