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5 Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is set aside for us as a society to recognize and celebrate the contributions and achievements of women, including their social, political, economic, and cultural impacts. This day developed from a long tradition over the past two centuries of protests and celebrations by women laborers and women’s rights champions.

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Explore Black History Across Michigan

Visit some of these unique Michigan gems that tell the story of African-American contributions to our state’s cultural history.

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PPO vs. HMO: What is the Difference?

The right healthcare plan varies from family to family and person to person. As with any big decision, knowledge is power. Whether you receive insurance through your employer or you’re self-insured, you typically have a choice between the two most common types of managed care plans – health maintenance organizations (HMOs) or preferred provider organizations (PPOs).

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Michigan Bucket List: Ice Tree in Gaylord

Michigan is home to many winter marvels, including the “world’s largest ice tree” in Gaylord.

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How Positive Self-Talk Reduces Stress

According to the National Science Foundation, the average person has 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 80% are negative. On a previous episode, we discussed the negativity bias and how negative thoughts often carry more weight in our minds than positive ones. And too often, the pattern of self-talk we develop is negative due to experiences we’ve had throughout our lives. Frequent negative self-talk may lead to decreased motivation and greater feelings of helplessness. So, is it possible to combat negative thoughts by changing our outlook to something more positive?

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How to Stock Your Cupboards for Better Heart Health

Our kitchen cupboards are a window into our diet. There are items in there that are in constant rotation while others might be collecting dust. However, something we might not think about is how these items we stock up on affect our heart health. So, when it comes to the foods we choose, which staples should we always have on hand to better our heart health?

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What Numbers You Should Focus on for Good Heart Health

Majority of us have gone to the doctor’s office for a routine checkup and have gone through our chart with the doctor. It’s possible we don’t think twice about what is being relayed to us unless our doctor shows some concern with the results. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pay attention to our numbers until somethings wrong. On this episode, we’re going to cover what numbers you should focus on for good health, what they mean and what you can do to proactively keep your heart healthy.

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8 Healthy Snacks for Pregnancy

These healthy pregnancy snacks incorporate many key nutrients and are also easy to prepare, transport and eat whether at home, work or on-the-go.

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What I’m Doing Instead of Drinking This St. Patrick’s Day

Mental health advocate and contributing writer Monica Drake shares why she decided not to drink this St. Patrick's Day — and her plans to celebrate the Irish holiday without the alcohol.

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Do You Have a Healthy Heart?

NASM Master Trainer Angela Moore writes about the importance of knowing key numbers for heart health. She writes: "I encourage you to take it one day at a time, one step at a time, and know that every effort you make to become healthier increases your chance of living a healthier and happier life for many years to come. Here’s to a healthier heart and a healthier YOU!"

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What to Look for in a Good Workout Routine
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What to Look for in a Good Workout Routine

There are so many options available to us when it comes to choosing a workout, which is great because it allows us so much variety to find something that suits what we’d enjoy in a fitness plan. From on-demand series to YouTube videos and local gym classes or equipment. Creating a workout routine is very much a choose your own adventure approach to a healthy lifestyle. So, when we are creating one, what should we be looking for in our exercises that makes a well-rounded workout routine?

Why You Shouldn't Make a New Year's Resolution
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Why You Shouldn't Make a New Year's Resolution

At the start of the New Year, it seems like it’s only a matter of time until we start talking about resolutions. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We take a moment to reflect on something we want to change for the better in our lives. But it often comes with this all-or-nothing mentality. Or even worse, a lofty goal that isn’t realistic to reach in the amount of time we set aside to achieve it. So, would it make more sense just to do away with resolutions and try something different?

How to Overcome Negativity Bias
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How to Overcome Negativity Bias

It’s odd how negative moments can outweigh positive ones. We could experience a day that was great overall. But one small, negative experience can make us fixate on that moment and forget the rest of the positive moments from that day. According to Columbia University, research shows that we often remember negative or traumatic experiences over positive ones. Why is it that we put so much focus on negativity? And what impact can that have on us?

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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.

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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.

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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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