Category: A Healthier Michigan

What You Can Do Now to Prepare for Spring Allergies
What You Can Do Now to Prepare for Spring Allergies

While it’s true that pollen and mold levels haven’t hit their peak yet—that doesn’t happen until the beginning of June for Michigan—you shouldn’t just sit back and wait for your spring allergies to hit. In fact, you can cut way down on your future misery if you take certain steps now....

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...

The Dangers of Crash Dieting

By: Grace Derocha, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and certified health coach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan If diets worked, why do so many people try a new one every year? A crash diet, or a restrictive meal plan focused on fast-turn weight loss, can be dangerous to a person’s physical and mental health. Regardless of short-term results, a...

Basketball Hoop
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...

A Beginner’s Guide to Exercise
A Beginner’s Guide to Exercise

By: Grace Derocha, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and certified health coach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Although many people aspire to exercise more in the new year, nearly 80 percent of adults fail to meet the recommendation for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity. In order to achieve any fitness goal, it’s important to take a step back and determine what’s possible...

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