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Sven Gustafson

About Sven Gustafson

Sven Gustafson is a senior writer in the Office of the President at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. He enjoys food, running, soccer and exploring Detroit and Michigan at large.

8 things I learned from my holiday run streak

Well, I did it. But I don’t think I’m really “done.” I’m referring to the holiday running streak, which I wrote about back in November; a pledge to run at least one mile every day from Thanksgiving Day through New…


Fearful of the coming holiday gluttony? Why not try a running streak?

Update: 8 things I learned from my holiday run streak If my math is correct, this year there are 35 days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day — a period defined by the terrifying gluttony of rich holiday meals, office parties…


#MITrailsWeek: Fisherman’s Island State Park

Fisherman’s Island hasn’t been an actual island in years. Thanks to low water levels, the protected island, part of a state park encompassing more than six miles of Lake Michigan coastline just west of Charlevoix, is now a peninsula popular…


Cucumber-cantaloupe salad makes an easy, refreshing summer treat

The school buses rumbling down your block may signal that summer is over, but the calendar says otherwise, and September is still peak harvest season here in Michigan — easily the best time of year if you like fresh and…


How to minimize the high cost of eating healthy

My wife and I try hard to put healthy foods on the table for ourselves and our children. We prioritize fresh, organic and humanely raised food over fare that is heavily processed, factory-farmed or genetically modified. Unfortunately, eating healthy isn’t…


(Video) Happy anniversary, Compuware. Love, Detroit.

Detroit-based IT software firm Compuware Corp. is (quietly, it seems) marking a major milestone for itself and its hometown. It was 10 years ago that it opened the doors to its new 16-story headquarters, becoming a bold early adopter among…

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Seattle transplants open Detroit’s first running store in Midtown

To hear its owners tell it, opening Run Detroit, the city’s only running retail store, was a case of hitting on an opportunity to meet a pent-up demand. “One of the things we weren’t prepared for is people walking into…

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Bike commuters turn heads, lead the way during Bike to Work Day Detroit event

Today is Bike to Work Day across much of the country, when participants are gleefully posting photos of themselves clad in spandex all over the social universe. I helped to organize the Detroit version, which culminated in a catered breakfast…

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Public suggestions sought for proposed bike sharing program in Detroit

A feasibility study on establishing a bike sharing system in Detroit is now under way, and Wayne State University and other backers are asking the public to weigh in on where to locate rental kiosks. Wayne State and a group…

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