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Stressed? Get Organized and Relax

Living in chaos can create stress. Whether you’re beleaguered by clutter, disorganized with your schedule, or carrying excess emotional baggage, disorder can make you feel frazzled and deprive you of your sanity. According to the Mayo Clinic, “stress is a…

Mental Health

#MIKidsCan: Curling Superstar Shares Positive Message with Traverse City Students

Pursuing a sport she loved as a youth didn’t always make Debbie McCormick popular. The four-time Olympic curler was teased because curling wasn’t considered a mainstream sport when she was growing up in Madison, Wisconsin. “I’m so glad that I…

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Chuck Gaidica: Keeping Kids Calm During Spring Storms

Editor’s note: Chuck Gaidica is a paid spokesperson for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, where he works to have real conversations with local people about matters that affect their health.  As a former TV weather guy I have heard from many…

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How Many Calories Should You Actually Eat in a Day?

Glance at the back of a food label and you’ll see that the daily values are all based on a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet. But in tiny writing at the bottom of the label is a very important line: “Your daily values…

Food

Tools to Help Nursing Moms

Did you know that in the first few weeks of life, a newborn baby can eat as often as every 45 minutes? Talk about fast food! If you have a nursing mom in your life, you can help her adjust…

Positive Michigan

The Benefits of Taking a Mental Health Day

The fatigue has set in—it’s Wednesday and you’re mentally and physically exhausted. Email notifications keep flashing on your desktop screen, your phone is ringing and you barely have the energy to pick it up. You may need a mental health…

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Diabetes and the Desk Job: How to Beat the Odds

If you’re reading this while at work, chances are you’re sitting down. Eighty percent of jobs are either completely sedentary or involve a very light amount of activity (no, typing does not count). And unfortunately, all that sitting between nine…

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One-Pot Meals for Easy Weeknight Dinners

Cooking more of your meals is a good way to be healthier. Studies show that the more you cook, the healthier you eat and the fewer calories you consume. Interestingly, those who cook six to seven nights a week also…

Food

Identifying Triggers Can Help Manage Stress

Stress and anxiety are typically triggered by internal factors like fears or uncertainty, and external factors like major life changes and workplace stress. Being able to identify triggers, also called stressors, is the first step in empowering you to avoid…

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