Author Archives: A Healthier Michigan

How to Tweak Holiday Favorites to Become Meat-, Dairy- or Gluten-Free

Hosting family for the holidays is stressful enough without having to make separate dishes for everyone who has a dietary restriction. But that doesn’t mean you need to be a Grinch about accommodating your guests. With a few simple tweaks,…

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Essential Oils and Your Health: A Beginner’s Guide

Lately it seems like you can’t glance at Facebook or Pinterest without seeing a post about essential oils and how they can fix almost anything that ails you. But what exactly are they, do they work and how should you be using…

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Nutrition Labels Are About to Change for the Better

It’s been about 20 years since the Food and Drug Administration first introduced the Nutrition Facts Label that you see on most of the food you buy. And in those two decades, a lot has changed. Experts now have a…

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Holiday Gift Guide: What to Buy For a Busy Mom

No matter how big or small your gift list is, finding affordable, fabulous presents for everyone on it is no easy task. We want to help by sharing some of the best Michigan-inspired gifts around. Below is a sneak peek…

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You’ll Never Guess These Surprising Causes of Childhood Obesity

Nearly one in three children in the U.S. are overweight or obese, a number that has tripled from just 50 years ago. As a result, there has also been an increase in health problems previously unseen in young children, like high blood…

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5 Fun Ways to Get Your Kids to Play Outside

When the temperature drops, your kids might want to spend all their time warm and in front of the TV or computer. But doing so will only make it harder for them to rack up their 60 minutes of physical…

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Bye Bye Butter: Substitutions for All of Your Favorite Dishes

Heart disease is the number one health problem in the U.S. today and the single leading cause of death according to the American Heart Association. But there’s good news: Improving your diet can lower your risk. And one thing to…

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4 Easy Steps to Stay Healthy During Holiday Travel

Traveling this time of year should be more about catching your flight than catching a cold or the flu. And a little preparation before you head to the airport will go a long way in helping you keep your defenses…

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Congratulations to Our #MIKidsCan Contest Winners!

Blue Cross, in partnership with Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, recently challenged Michigan kids ages 7-14 to a create a two-minute video or submit a photo and short essay answering the question, “What’s your favorite way to get moving and be…