Our mission is to help everyone in Michigan get healthier from the inside out. This means everything from giving you resources to help you make better decisions about diet and exercise, as well as information on creating and sustaining nurturing communities and successful businesses — everything you need to help create a healthier Michigan.

We also want to help you make sense of health care reform and what it means for you and your family.

Why Michigan? Why Now?

Photo of maple leaves in Coldwater, Michigan
Maple leaves in Coldwater, Michigan

Michigan is undergoing a period of reinvention where almost any type of future is possible. We want to help you make the most of opportunities here in Michigan by sharing the things you need to adopt a healthier lifestyle, support your local community and build strong businesses throughout the state.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan decided to sponsor A Healthier Michigan in accordance with its social mission as the only nonprofit health insurer in the state of Michigan. The company’s unique promise to the state of Michigan is fulfilled through several programs including those that combat childhood obesity and address health disparities in diverse communities, such as the risk of prostate cancer among African-American men.

BCBSM also partners with more than 40 free clinics to help the uninsured and engaging physicians in the nation’s largest Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program — a program that provides technical and financial assistance to thousands of primary care physicians with support that benefits everyone in Michigan, not just Blues members.

Each year, BCBSM gives back approximately $600 million in the form of grants and programs that support quality care for everyone, keep the best doctors and nurses in the state of Michigan, and increase access to medical care for the uninsured.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is a nonprofit corporation and independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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  1. We have a free website for growers to post what they have and where they will be next to help gather new business. The website is http://www.plentyleft.com. We would like to be associated with Michigan growers and were hoping to be listed under your resource link. We will soon have a big update to our site and will have a partners link so we can also direct people your way.

    If you have any feedback on the site, please share it. Plenty Left 2.0 should be out this month, and a lot will be changing.


    Robert Wilburn
    Plenty Left LLC

  2. Hi there,

    I stumbled across ahealthiermichigan.org and really enjoyed your site.

    I’m interested in guest posting an article.
    I’ll gladly pay you for your time spent looking over and posting it.

    Please email me back with your thoughts.

    In Friendship,

  3. For those of you who want to get fit and have fun doing it, then join us for the West Michigan Mudventure5k. The MudVenture 5k is a mud/obstacle run for young and old, and all athletic abilities. You will find challenges, camaraderie and plenty of mud — conquer over 20 unique obstacles. June 21, 2014 will be a day you won’t forget. Check us out at http://www.MudVenture5k.com

  4. Hello, I recently became aware of the “a healthier Michigan” initiative that BCBS of Michigan has been operating. It sounds like a wonderful program with plentiful information. I have a background in health/wellness, but my experiences have been mostly in the corporate wellness sector. Therefore I was wondering if there were any volunteer opportunities in the greater Grand Rapids area for me participate in. I believe this would be beneficial to me and gaining experience in a community setting would broaden my horizons. I’m not sure if this is the correct place to ask, but regardless it’s worth a shot. If someone reading this could point me in the right direction or give me the appropriate person to contact that would be greatly appreciated.


    Brent Lipski

  5. Hi there we would like your participation with this year’s 4th Annual Green Detroit Festival. ..please contact us for details!

  6. Hello,

    I wanted to stop by and say thank you for all of the great information on the site. I didn’t realize there were so many initiatives going on in Michigan.

    I have a background in healthcare field, and would love the ability to be a guest author from time-to-time if that is something you are continuing to make available.

    Take care,

  7. Great information….please put me on your email list as indicated below.

    Thank you,
    Michelle Wolfe

  8. Hi all.
    This is a wonderful program – Michigan needs it, we all need to move more, but especially the kids.
    Who and/or what is the best way to contact someone about potential grant money to start a running program in mid-town? There is a new church being formed that will open in April next year and there is interest in getting some programs formed for the youth. To me, physical exercise is key to all but especially for the kids – it helps with all aspects of their life.
    Thanks much!

  9. Hi There!
    I love the content you’ve been putting out! Very insightful and perfect for Michiganders 🙂
    Who would I contact about potential guest posts? I know a man who has been helping to inspire and educate people throughout the world on mental health and awareness.
    Please let me know!

    1. Hi Meredith! Thank you for reading. Anyone who is interested in guest blogging can feel free to reach out to our team at [email protected] and we’d be happy to share our guest blog guidelines.

  10. As I read your recommendations, I noticed that most of them included wheat (roll, tortilla, sandwich). Since many people have either gluten intolerances or have opted to remove gluten from their diet, maybe a few more suggestions without gluten would be helpful. That being said, I do appreciate your website.

    Thank you.

  11. Hi Admin,

    My name is Daina Martin and I work as a freelance content writer. I specialize in writing unique, engaging and high-quality content for the health and mental health segment.

    I have followed your blog for a while and I would love an opportunity to publish my work with you.

    Benefits for You:
    You will not be required to pay for the content.
    You will own the content copyrights.
    You can use your own by-line when the content goes live.
    I will promote the content through my social network, which will help your site gain visibility.

    Please let me know if you’re interested in featuring my content and how we can take this conversation forward.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Thank & Regards

  12. Hi,
    I had emailed you a few days ago regarding writing for your blog. As I’d mentioned in my first email, I am a freelance writer and I specialize in developing high-quality, engaging and unique content for online audiences.
    I am including my initial email for your review once again.
    Please do let me know how soon we can take this conversation forward.
    Thanks & Regards,
    Daina Martin

  13. 1. Need the names of urgent care centers in North Port Fl as we are residents there now.

    2. Need accepted Medical Durable Equipment suppliers in/ near North Port Fl. I started with Charlotte Medical Supplies, had all my information and insurance info. faxed to them, and they didn’t call me back. Found out on Friday that they have closed so need to start again,. Who accepts our insurance in that area. Thanks!

  14. Hi,
    I am following up regarding my interest in writing for your blog. I am still waiting to hear back from you.
    Please do let me know how you’d like to proceed further.
    Thanks and Regards,
    Diana Martin

  15. Hi,

    Christopher here. I’m a freelance writer specializing in blog posts, press releases and web content. I just want to thank you for your wonderful blog. I keep coming back to it for writing inspiration. It’s a tough job to keep a blog going and I truly appreciate it.

    I know that you accept guest posts on your site, so I’m reaching out to pitch a topic that I think would resonate with your audience.

    Below are a few of the articles that I have written, and I am sure they will be a good fit for your blog:

    Is it true that a parent having good oral hygiene can prevent tooth decay in their kids?

    I am a regular guest blogger and my articles have been published by some top blogs.

    Please let me know if you think any of these topic would be a good fit for your blog, and I’ll get right on it.

    Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing from you!


    PS- I need one back link in consideration of my article.

    1. Hi Christopher, Thanks for reading. If you’re interested in guest blogging please send a note to [email protected] and someone will be in touch to share our guest blog guidelines with you. Thanks!

  16. What are some healthy ways I can maintain the damage to my liver from chirosis. So that I don’t have to have a transplant in the near future. Are there certain foods I should be avoiding, or eating?

  17. Hi, I work for the Professional Law Enforcement Association or the PLEA Foundation and we are a Non-profit organization focused on providing new equipment, training, and and K9 police bullet resistant vest to local law enforcement officers in MI. On October 8th, 2016 In Rochester Municipal Park we are having a K9 police and Pumpkin run. It is a 5K run/walk along with a separate 1K Family Fun walk. Afterwards there will be face and pumpkin painting, cider and donuts, and an award ceremony. All the funds for this event will be used to purchase K9 bullet proof vest for local K9 officers. I would like to know if it possible to advertise this event on your website or include it in another post about running or events in Michigan.

    Thank you,
    Kelsey Pfau
    PLEA Foundation

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