Author Archives: A Healthier Michigan

Sweeteners Decoded: The Truth about Sugar Substitutes

To make healthier versions of your favorite foods, many companies swap out real sugar for sugar substitutes. These sweeteners often contain fewer calories than plain old sugar, and thanks to their concentrated taste, require lower amounts to achieve the same…


Six Tips to Beat Hidden Classroom Germs

As parents and caregivers know all too well, one child’s simple cold has the power to wreak havoc on an entire classroom. There are a few reasons why sniffles and sneezes thrive in schools. To start, students spend the day…

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Easy, Healthy, Inexpensive Meals to Make in a Dorm Room

Adjusting to college life is hard, especially if you live in a dorm. Junk food surrounds you at every turn and you probably don’t have access to a full kitchen. That’s where these healthy-cooking tips and recipes come in. They…



Would You Know a Depressed Child if You Saw One?

Every child is going to feel sad from time to time–maybe an older relative gets sick or there is a bully at school. But sometimes a simple bout of sadness can turn into something more serious. Depression affects 2.5 percent of children….

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The Right Way to Care for Your Reusable Water Bottle

If you’ve made the switch from disposable water bottles to a reusable one, give yourself a pat on the back! U.S. landfills are overflowing with two million tons of discarded water bottles, so getting one you can refill again and…

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Be Brave Swim: Three Women and the Straits of Mackinac

Stephanie Clement, her mom Marcia Clement and their good friend Missy Siudara are prime examples of what it means to live a #HealthyMe lifestyle. The three women swam across the Straits of Mackinac on August 8th, appropriately naming their journey…

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Do This One Thing Today: Take a Walk with Your Child

Your typical weekday is already packed with work, making meals, taking care of the house, running errands, and more. But you should still try to squeeze in one more item: taking a walk in the evening with your son or…

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Iron Deficiency: Five Surprising Things It Can Cause

A lack of iron can lead to something called anemia, which is a condition that can only be confirmed with a blood test from your doctor. Why should you care if your iron levels are getting low? Because it can have far-reaching repercussions on…

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3 Frozen Desserts That Are 100 Percent Guilt-Free

Summer may be coming to an end, but frozen desserts don’t have to go out of style with the hot weather. In fact, an icy sweet treat you make yourself can be a lot healthier than the ones packed with…