Michigan Bucket List: The Dow Gardens

Located in Midland, the Dow Gardens is 110 acres of tall trees, running water, and beautiful blooming flowers. The botanical garden is the perfect place to take a day trip to disconnect from the world and take a nature walk.

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Michigan Bucket List: Flea Markets

This summer, there are a lot of opportunities for purchasing second-hand items. Flea markets are a perfect place to find second-hand clothing, vintage furniture items, or books you’ve been dying to read. Flea markets are also a great way to consider your carbon footprint and reconsider your use of fast fashion.


Michigan Bucket List: Hot Air Balloon Festivals 

Hot air balloons offer the chance to see the breathtaking sight of different colors flying through the sky and learn about the physics of the balloons. There are plenty of opportunities across the state to see these spectacles. We have a list of a few different locations and dates where you can see a hot air balloon festival in Michigan.


How to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Ready to mark the longest day of the year? Stick with us for tips on how to celebrate the summer solstice.

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Benefits of Michigan Summer Fruit

Michigan is home to quite a few fruits that are available to pick in the summer months. From cherries to raspberries, you’ll likely find it at a Michigan u-pick farm. So, what should we be looking out for when picking Michigan fruit and how can we ensure we’re getting the most out of our fresh produce this summer?

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Benefits of Being Near Water

Water covers about 71% of the Earth’s surface. In Michigan, you’re never more than six miles away from water or 85 miles away from a Great Lake. For most that have ever sat on a beach and watched the water crash along the shoreline, it can feel like a moment of peace no matter how chaotic life can be. While the moments can be serene, does being near water have a positive impact on our mental health? And if so, what does it actually do for us?

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Shaping Michigan’s Future Through Talent & Workforce Development

Chuck Gaidica visits the 2024 Mackinac Policy Conference to discuss how companies across the state are shaping Michigan’s future through talent and workforce development.

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Diet and Nutrition

Sip Outside the Box with 3 Smoothie Recipes

While the word “smoothie” is synonymous with “healthy,” many smoothies may be packed in added sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. However, smoothies can be a great vehicle to pack in nutrient-dense ingredients into a snack or meal replacement if made right.

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Inflammation Busting Smoothie

This smoothie contains a chockful of anti-inflammatory ingredients from almond butter, cocoa powder, kale and berries. It’s packed in healthy fats, fiber and goodness.

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Healthy “Dessert” Smoothie

Nothing says decadent like the combination of banana, peanut butter and chocolate. In this recipe, cocoa powder provides that chocolate flavor without the added fat and sugar. Instead, it adds anti-inflammatory properties and fiber. Powdered peanut butter provides the flavor of peanut butter but at a fraction of the calories and fat.

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Attracting Businesses & Jobs

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20 Years of Value Partnerships

Chuck Gaidica visits the 2024 Mackinac Policy Conference to discuss value partnerships between BCBSM and provider partners.


Is Manifestation Healthy or Harmful?

According to the law of attraction, positive thoughts attract positive outcomes, whereas negative thoughts attract negative outcomes. This idea has been interconnected with the term “manifesting”, which refers to the practice of manifesting aspirational ideas to make them a reality. And it has arguably never been more popular. If you’ve been on social media within the last year, it’s likely you’ve come across an influencer mentioning how they manifested their success and that you can too. While this practice preaches positivity, how does it affect our well-being in the long term?

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Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipes for Dummies

Putting together a three-course meal for a special someone on Valentine's Day can feel overwhelming. The good news is it doesn’t have to be complicated. Check out this easy three-course line-up with health-forward dishes.


Why Tanning Beds Don’t Help with Seasonal Depression

Thinking about popping into a tanning bed to ward off the winter blues? Not so fast.


Creamy Curry and Veggie Soup

This flavorful creamy curry and veggie soup packs in a healthy dose of nutrients from onions, garlic, mushrooms and tomatoes. The curry paste is lightly sauteed to bring out the variety of flavors, then combined with creamy coconut milk.

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