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How to Set Short-Term Goals You’ll Actually Accomplish

So you want to improve your health–that’s great! But just deciding to lose some weight or become more active isn’t enough—you have to go about making goals the right way or you’ll never make them happen. What is the right…

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#HealthyMe: Laughing at Winter in Snowshoes

If you can’t beat the snow, play in it. The idea that the bounty of winter weather we’ve had in Grand Rapids and Michigan as a whole should be celebrated, not complained about, led me to a recent date with…

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrations Planned for West, Northern Michigan

There are many ways to celebrate, honor, and remember the legacy of civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who would have been 86 this year. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is sponsoring events in Detroit and a…

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Sore No More: How to Avoid Post-Exercise Pain

If you’ve recently exercised for the first time in a long while (good for you!) or pushed yourself super hard at the gym (way to go!), you might be noticing that the next day your muscles ache so badly you…

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The Best Snacks to Pack for a Day of Fun in the Snow

One of the best parts about living in Michigan is being able to head outside in the winter for a fun-filled day of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and other outdoor sports. But when you do, be smart about bringing food along so that…

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Dermatologist Shares Tips for How to Prevent Dry Winter Skin

Winter is a time of year when cold weather and dry air can lead to itchy and irritated skin. With the recent snowfall and extreme cold, Michiganders are likely to start noticing flaky skin and cracked lips as temperatures continue…

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Trend Alert: Bone Broth—4 Tips From a Broth Master

There’s nothing better to warm your soul on a cold Michigan day than a cup of … bone broth? Foodies, Paleo diet adherents, and local food advocates are latching on to – and ladling up – this hot new healthy…

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The Surprising Impact of Indoor Lights on Your Body

Ever since Thomas Edison first patented his light bulb in 1879, humans have spent time indoors every day under artificial lights. These days, especially during winter, it can feel like every waking moment is spent indoors with lamps and overhead lights shining…

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Trying to Eat Less Meat? 10 Veggie Dishes for Carnivores

If one of your health goals is to eat less meat, you’ll be happy to know that endless days of salads don’t have to be your future. Nothing against salads, but sometimes you need something a little heartier and filling,…

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