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what to know now about childhood obesity

Healthy kids: The latest research on children and obesity

Here’s something you probably already know: Childhood obesity is a huge problem in this country. (The CDC recently reported that more than one-third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese.) But what causes it and how are the lives…

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The Grand Rapids Griffins are a great team on and off the ice

Winners of the 2013 American Hockey League Championship, the Calder Cup, the Grand Rapids Griffins know that what separates a good team from a great team is the ability to take care of “the little things”, both on and off…

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Healthy, fit kids: The younger, the better

Here’s something every parent knows: Childhood obesity is a troubling epidemic that puts kids at risk for a lifetime of health concerns. Because of it, life-threatening diseases that were once associated primarily with older patients, like coronary heart disease, stroke…

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An inexpensive investment into your family’s health: Guest post from 1000 Hours Outside

When I was younger I didn’t think too much about health. Things like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc. were things that just weren’t on my radar. Throughout the course of my life, my biggest catalyst toward making any significant health…


Soda in schools – What’s changed?

Diet or regular, it doesn’t matter! Soda is still bad for our health. Despite this, public schools have been flocking to line up to sign contracts with soda companies since the early 1990’s, allowing these companies the right to provide…

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How far do you have to run to burn off a cheeseburger?

How can you burn food without cooking it?   That was just one of the many questions that were asked of the participants of an HBO documentary film titled “The Weight of the Nation – Kid Quiz.” The cast of…



Expanded Building Healthy Communities program to fight childhood obesity in 28 Michigan schools this fall

One in three children in the nation is obese or overweight, and the rate of childhood obesity has tripled in just 30 years. Frightening statistics like these encouraged the formation of the Building Healthy Communities program between Blue Cross Blue…

Nothing beats an active childhood summer

With great weather upon us here in Michigan and your child’s summer vacation right around the corner, it is a great time to get outside and be active. According to Michigan.gov, one in three children living in Michigan ages 10-17…


And the Make the Play for Healthy Habits kid contest winner is….

Marissa Orzame!  Marissa won the video contest among a group of five finalists who submitted videos telling us how they would make Michigan a healthier place. Winning “Make the Play” was especially rewarding for Marissa given that she was a…





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