Author Archives: A Healthier Michigan

Don’t Let Summer Break Mean a Break From Learning

Summer vacation is a time for kids, parents and teachers to relax from a busy, learning-filled school year. But while it can be a much-needed break, summer vacation can also have a negative effect on the progress your child made…

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Are Baked Beans as Healthy as You Think?

Baked beans go with almost every summer dish: hot dogs, burgers, fried chicken, pulled pork, Polish sausages—you name it! But as a side dish, how healthy are they? Baked beans can lower cholesterol and are packed with fiber, protein and…



#MIKidsCan Play like a Lion Week 4

As summer comes to a close and fans get ready for football, more than 500 kids across Michigan are nearing the end of the #MIKidsCan Play like a Lion Challenge. During the final week, kids and parents will learn about the…

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National Picnic Month: 8 Healthy Foods to Pack

Picnics and warm weather go hand in hand, which is probably why July is National Picnic Month. If you haven’t packed a basket yet this summer, use this as a good excuse. While it’s easy to revert to packing picnic…



Delicious, DIY Lip Balms Anyone Can Make

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably never even considered making your own lip balm. But it’s actually super easy to do and can save you money. Plus, if you make it yourself, you can customize the balm to smell…

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VIDEO: Metro Detroit Youth Day

What started as a way to bring the community together during a time of turmoil has grown into one of the most anticipated events of the summer. Now in it’s 33rd year, Metro Detroit Youth Day’s mission is to inspire children to…

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Tour de TART: Grab a Bike and Join in the Fun Tomorrow

The Tour de France may get all the bike-racing glory, but Michigan is home to a number of fun cycling events of its own. And one is coming up soon — as in tomorrow! TART (Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation)…


#MIKidsCan Play like a Lion Challenge Week 3!

This week, the #MIKidsCan Play like a Lion Challenge is focused on getting kids outside and active for at least 60 minutes per day in an effort to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity. It’s not too late for…

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Heat Up Your Grill for a Vegetarian-Friendly Feast

Barbecue season is in full swing, which is great news for everyone…except vegetarians. For people who don’t eat meat, cookouts can be frustrating. Not only are the main courses usually burgers or hot dogs, but popular sides like baked beans…