Author Archives: Guest Blogger

Preventing the Next Stroke

Jeanette was 46 when she was permanently disabled by a stroke. While blow drying her hair, she suddenly developed weakness in the left side of her face, arm and leg. Six weeks later, Jeanette was still unable to use or…

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MHA Keystone HEN Recognized for Patient Safety Improvements

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) acknowledged the MHA Keystone Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) for participation in the national Partnership for Patients initiative. Nationwide, more than 3,700 hospitals participated in this important, three-year national initiative to improve…

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Preventing Holiday Drunk Driving in Michigan

The Michigan State Police are planning for a productive holiday season – stopping, testing, and arresting drivers that are over the limit. Authorities increased the numbers of officers on the road in 26 Michigan counties, which started on Black Friday and will…

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Buy Nothing Project Brings Communities Closer Together

About two years ago, I decided I wanted a simpler life so I opted to explore minimalism. This post isn’t about minimalism specifically rather how a desire to live simply led me to the Buy Nothing Project. I was looking…

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13 (Non-Candy) Halloween Treats Your Kids Will Love

With the focus on trick-or-treating and an abundance of candy and sweets, Halloween can be a difficult time for parents to encourage their kids to lead a healthy lifestyle and maintain a nutritious diet.   Fortunately, you can achieve a…

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Making the Choice to Change My Eating Habits to Improve My Health

I was raised in a Puerto Rican household where food equaled love.  Rice, beans, fried plantains, and pork, were a standard staple in my home.  Overeating and a sedentary lifestyle led me to gain weight over the years.  It did…


#HealthyMe: From Overweight and Unhealthy to Competing in a Triathalon

I went from having a completely sedentary lifestyle, and being out of shape, to competing in an Ironman branded triathlon race and other extreme endurance events in two and a half years. I played Rugby in high school and college,…


Get Lost in Nature at These Five Southeast Michigan Gems

I have found one very simple approach to enhancing my family’s health: heading outside. This is because people outside move more. In fact, I can   stand by the fact that inside kids can’t possibly be getting the minimal amount of…

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Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle

I want to ride my bicycle I want to ride my bike I want to ride my bicycle I want to ride it where I like OK, that wasn’t one of Queen’s better songs, but the lyrics say it all….