Author Archives: A Healthier Michigan

Stress No More: Four Easy Ways to Simplify the Season

There are four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, and in those 28 days you need to find gifts for everyone in your extended family, perfect your pie crust before the holiday party you’re throwing, mail cards with thoughtful…

Mental Health

The Seasonal Favorite That’s Also a Sneaky Superfood

This time of year is all about peppermint—the flavor gets featured in espresso drinks, chocolate bark, candy canes and other desserts all month long. But what you may not realize is that peppermint isn’t just a tasty addition to lattes…

Healthy Community

No Gym? No Problem. Get in Cardio Without Leaving Home

Traveling for the holidays can be completely disruptive to your workout routine. You aren’t near your gym and there’s no guarantee there will be any exercise equipment where you’re staying. While you can strength train using just your body weight,…

Fitness

 

Better-for-You Comfort Food

When the weather outside is frightful, comfort food—rich, filling and like mom used to make—can be especially delightful. But too much of it can lead to the not-so-comfortable feeling of a snug waistband. Make your favorite dishes healthier by swapping…

Food

The Flu Shot or Nasal Spray: Which is For You?

There is no sure-fire way to avoid getting the flu this winter, but it is possible to lower your risk. The best way to do that is to get the flu vaccine. While the CDC has recently announced that the…

Healthy Community

The High-Tech Way to Keep Seniors Active

Goals go a long way when trying to stay healthy, which is why one in 10 American adults now use an activity tracker to count steps, monitor their heart rate, measure sleep and even keep tabs on stress levels or…

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Save money on all of your resolutions

Resolve to Spend Less on New Year’s Resolutions

It’s almost time to pop open the champagne, hit play on the traditional New Year’s song, Auld Lang Syne, and come up with lofty goals for 2015. Here’s a new one to add: Don’t spend too much to hit your…

Panicked Over Presents? DIY Gifts Anyone Can Make

In theory, homemade presents save you a trip to the mall and make the recipient feel extra special. But some are so complicated they require the patience of Saint Nicholas, while others (like fruitcake) are likely to get tossed in…

Positive Michigan

The Holiday Party Danger Every Host Needs to Know About

One of the best things about this time of year is gathering together with friends and family to eat delicious food. But if you’re throwing a party, there’s something else you need to remember besides turning on the music and…

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