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4 Surprising Picnic Essentials

Michigan was the first state to have a roadside picnic table in the U.S. This hidden gem, located in West Michigan’s Ionia County, appeared in 1929. But the term ‘picnic’ dates back much further. The French-derived word originally stems back to 1794, 100 years after ‘pique-nique’ first appeared in the French language. Whether you’re visiting a roadside table for a road trip… Read More »4 Surprising Picnic Essentials

Social Media’s Impact on Mental Health 

Social media is used by approximately 82% of the United States population to consume news, information, entertainment and much more.  Some people develop an unhealthy relationship with social media where they overuse and abuse the digital platforms. This habit can lead to depression in young adults and low self-esteem and poor sleep quality in teens, among other negative mental health effects.    Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic  … Read More »Social Media’s Impact on Mental Health 

The Difference Between Food Allergy and Food Intolerance

The Food Allergy and Research Education reports that up to 85 million Americans are affected by food allergies and intolerances, roughly 32 million of which are food allergies.   Food allergies and intolerances impact different parts of the body. A food allergy is a medical condition in which exposure to a certain food triggers a harmful response from the immune… Read More »The Difference Between Food Allergy and Food Intolerance

Planning for a Healthy, Sustainable Spring

Spring is a great time for a fresh start, a perfect window for a reset as the season flips forward. This spring, take time to explore how to create healthy, sustainable changes, both inside and outside your home. Whether this means planting garden seeds indoors, using your kitchen leftovers more efficiently, or being more resource-conscious at home, there are some… Read More »Planning for a Healthy, Sustainable Spring

Three Recipes Featuring Mushrooms to Try this Spring

Spring has sprung, flower bulbs are making an appearance, and though the frequent rains may not be pleasant for the season’s festivities, many mushrooms thrive off this spring environment. Mushrooms belong to the fungi kingdom, but they’re often grouped in with vegetables in food classification and offer a lot of the same nutritional benefits. Mushrooms’ nutrient profiles vary depending on… Read More »Three Recipes Featuring Mushrooms to Try this Spring