Melissa Waara

Melissa is a Health Coach for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. She received her MS in Exercise Physiology from Eastern Michigan University, where she focused on Cardiac Rehabilitation and patient education. Melissa carries a BS in Psychology from Central Michigan University as well. Currently living in the Downriver area with her husband Jeremy and daughter Mallory, she enjoys to run and to be with family/friends. Topics that she enjoys discussing and reading about are exercise, distance sports, stress management, and behavioral modification.
Food and Recipes

Going gluten-free for weight loss? Think again

Who really needs to eat a gluten-free diet? Gluten is a type of protein found in the grains like wheat, barley, and rye. It’s a protein, not a carbohydrate…


Are you ready for National Wear Red Day?

Heart disease is the #1 killer of women and even more deadly than all cancers put together, killing 1 in 3 women every year. The month of February has been…


The weather outside is frightful, but fitness is so delightful

“It’s cold,” and “it gets dark so early” are two of the biggest reasons people share for decreasing their exercise this time of year. Although frigid temps and…


Are you one of the 8 in 10 that says they’re stressed during the holidays?

It seems like the minute Halloween ends, Christmas begins with Thanksgiving disappearing somewhere in between.

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