Ask the Dietitian: A Healthier Michigan Facebook Live Series

A Healthier Michigan has a monthly Facebook Live series focused on helping viewers make meaningful and sustainable healthy lifestyle changes.

Each month join Grace Derocha, registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and certified health coach at BCBSM for a live discussion on a variety of health and wellness topics.

Ask the Dietitian airs live each month on the A Healthier Michigan Facebook page and will feature an audience Q&A session as well as discussion about the latest topics in health and wellness.

Wednesday, June 20 at 12 p.m. EST

Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Month

June’s live discussion will focus on why expanding access to fresh fruits and vegetables is important to health in communities. We’ll be joined by Levi Gardner, founder of Urban Roots in Grand Rapids. Tune in to learn how Urban Roots empowers residents to grow and eat from their own backyards and how you can get started. Join us live on Wednesday, June 20 at 12 p.m. EST at

Last month, Grace discussed workplace wellness and tips for improving health at the office or worksite. Check out the episode below:

When it comes to making changes to one’s diet and eating habits, it can be overwhelming trying to filter out information that’s actually helpful from the latest craze, cleanse or trend in weight loss. Sticking to these healthy lifestyle changes can be even more challenging with the stress of work and family routines. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and A Healthier Michigan are here to help.

A portrait of Grace Derocha
Grace Derocha, R.D., C.D.E., will answer live questions from A Healthier Michigan readers in a new monthly series, “Ask the Dietitian.”

Do you have questions for Grace? Leave a comment below and your question could be answered live during the next episode. Be sure to tune in to Ask the Dietitian each month by visiting

Future Ask the Dietitian live broadcasts will take place on A Healthier Michigan’s Facebook page  July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19.


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  1. I am prediabetic and have very high triglycerides. How can I get a month of planned daily diet to get my triglycerides down and to keep from getting diabetes. I have been watching what I eat anf have lost some weight but would like a guide to go by. Thank you!

    1. Hi Sue,

      Thanks for reaching out to us. I am happy to hear that you have had some success with healthy eating to work towards your health goals. When trying to reduce your triglycerides and avoiding a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis, it is important to meet with your doctor and/or your registered dietitian that are familiar with you and your health to discuss actionable goals that can lead to positive outcomes. In general, it advocates for better health to keep carbohydrate intake consistent throughout the day (i.e. carb counting evenly at each meal) and cutting out excess and refined carbs, while trying to choose nutrient-dense foods that include complex carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, heart healthy fats and regular physical activity. We have a ton of healthy recipes on A Healthier Michigan that could help get you started. Good luck on your health journey.

      In good health,


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