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Healthy Hispanic-inspired Recipe Favorites

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in the United States from September 15 to October 15. The celebration honors the rich cultural contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans, including their diverse and delicious cuisine. From the spicy dishes of Mexico to the aromatic stews of Cuba, there’s a lot of diversity across Hispanic nations’ cuisine. However, they all share an emphasis… 

3 Healthy Apple Recipes

As we approach the fall solstice, there’s a new crop of fresh, in-season produce to enjoy. Michiganders can look forward to green beans, corn, cabbage, and delicious apples in September. Apples are often referred to as nature’s toothbrush and offer a plethora of health benefits. They have prebiotic effects, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and are rich in fiber and polyphenols.… 

Navigating Conversations with Children About Obesity

Nearly 20% of children ages two to 19 years old could be characterized as obese – that’s about 14.7 million children. Recent studies have shown the percentage of obese children and teens is not only rising but is affecting kids earlier in their lives than ever before.  The risk for obesity increases when most of an adolescent’s diet includes high-calorie foods, like vending machine snacks, fast… 

Healthy Out-of-the-lunch-box Ideas for Kids

Another summer has flown by and it’s time for kids to go back to school. It’s no secret that well-fed children perform their best in school, but what does that mean when it comes to school lunches? Different food groups provide important nutrients to fuel a child’s day of learning and playing. It’s crucial to incorporate at least three out of… 

3 Unique Ways to Use Peaches

Peaches are at their peak flavor and quality while in season. According to Michigan Grown, our state produces more than 21.2 million pounds of peaches annually. Between farmer’s markets and u-pick orchards, peach-loving families have plenty of options for enjoying this seasonal favorite. This sweet treat comes with along with an array of health benefits, including both soluble and insoluble fiber.… 

6 Signs Your Child Needs Glasses

About 25% of school-age children have a visual impairment. As the start of the school year approaches, many families are busy buying school supplies, scheduling haircuts, and visiting the doctor for an annual physical. It may be a good idea to add another appointment to the list: an eye exam.  The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends children have their vision screened at least… 

Four Myths About UV Light Exposure 

Skin cancer – the most diagnosed cancer in the United States – is most often caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. According to the World Health Organization, overexposure to UV radiation was responsible for 1.2 million new cases of non-melanoma skin cancers and 325,000 cases of melanoma in 2020. Melanoma is a life-threatening malignant skin cancer.  Sources of UV radiation include… 

‘Shark Week’ TV-friendly Snacks

“Shark Week” is an exciting time for marine enthusiasts and television viewers alike. As you settle in to watch shark documentaries and captivating underwater adventures, it’s likely snacks are part of that equation. Here are some sea-inspired snacks for a sharkcuterie board – sharkcuterie, get it? – to enhance your viewing experience: Seaweed Snacks Crispy seaweed snacks are low-calorie treats… 

Shining a Light on Michigan Seasonal Produce – Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes are growing in full swing in Michigan. These juicy fruits come in many colors and varieties, but all have a few things in common – they’re all packed in lycopene, vitamins A and C, and fiber. Cherry tomatoes taste most sweet at their peak summer ripeness, so it’s best to take advantage of them at this stage –…