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Grilled Fruit Recipes

You’re always grilling meat and vegetables, but have you ever thought about grilling your fruit? Fruit isn’t typically the first thing that comes to mind when firing up the grill. But it’s super easy and will enhance the taste. Fruit consists of water and sugar. When grilled, the water is reduced and the sugar caramelizes, making the flavor more concentrated. Grilled… 

Michigan Water and Boating Summer Safety

Michigan Water and Boating: Summer Safety

It’s all fun and games on the water until someone gets hurt. Or worse, a water accident proves to be fatal. According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, 76 percent of boating and water fatalities could have been prevented if users had been wearing personal flotation devices, or lifejackets. In Michigan, every person on board a 16-foot boat, whether it be… 

Preparing Children for a New School Year in a Pandemic

Children returning to school is always a special time of year. But due to COVID-19, this fall may be particularly challenging. The transition from in-school classes to online learning has been abrupt. It’s been a major adjustment for parents, children and their teachers alike. Here are some tips on how everyone can better prepare themselves for what’s ahead. Establish a… 

Fireworks-Free Fourth of July Festivities

Every year more than 285 million pounds of fireworks are bought on the Fourth of July. While fireworks have become a Fourth of July tradition, for some, they may not make for the ideal night. Certain health conditions can be aggravated by fireworks’ sounds, sights or smoke. The sound of fireworks for some may trigger mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress… 

8 Steps to Becoming a Runner

By: Grace Derocha, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and certified health coach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Running is one of the simplest and most popular forms of exercise. It doesn’t require expensive equipment or a gym membership to start. It’s a full-body workout that can reduce stress, lower blood pressure and help manage weight. Here are eight… 

Red, White and Blueberry Cheesecake Mousse Parfait

Looking for a sweet treat to celebrate the summer? Look no further! This yummy parfait tastes just like a lighter cheesecake with healthier benefits. The mousse is made with Greek yogurt, which is packed with protein, and lemon juice, which contains vitamin C. Cheesecake is never not in season, so you can enjoy this treat all year round. Ingredients Strawberries,… 

Using Recycled Household Items for a Home Garden

By: Grace Derocha, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and certified health coach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan A home garden can be more than meets the eye. It can be a decorative space that adds color, fragrance and years to a person’s life. Maintaining flowers, fruits or vegetables provides health benefits to people of all ages. It’s a…