Benefits of Spa Treatments for Stress Awareness Month

Relaxation is key to combating high stress levels. Spa treatments are a great way to reduce stress levels and achieve a level of relaxation.

A couple enjoys a spa day.

Simple Ways to Love Yourself Every Day

It’s important to love yourself for who you are today. These self-care tips can help you love yourself a little more than you did yesterday.

A woman enjoys a pottery project.

What to Taste Before You Train

Scarfing down sugary snacks and greasy fast food before you exercise can lead to a sluggish workout. Give these options a try instead.

A man eats a banana while sitting on a weight bench at the gym.

How to Transition from the Treadmill to Running Outside

Running outdoors is more physically demanding than running on a treadmill, so don’t jump back into it without taking some key precautions.

silhouette runner on a beach

The 7 Most Popular Fitness Questions

Burning calories. Proper weight lifting. Squeezing workouts into busy schedules. These are among the most commonly asked fitness questions.

A couple exercising at home watches a training video on an electronic device.

Cardio Doesn’t Have to Hurt: The Best Low-Impact Workouts

Exercise is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself at any age, but as you get older, regular exercise becomes more important than ever.

A water calisthenics class is taught at an indoor poor.

Chicken Soup: It’s Good for Your Body as Well as Your Soul

Can chicken noodle soup really cure a cold? A recipe for grandmama'

A white bowl full of chicken noodle soup with greens and carrots.

5 Things to Do Every Day to Keep Your Memory Sharp

Keep your memory sharp as you get older by incorporating these simple habits into your everyday life.

tricks to keep memory sharp

The Strawberry: Nature’s Heart-Shaped Superfood

Strawberries are also a great source of fiber, vitamins, manganese and potassium. In fact, about eight strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange!

A bushel full of strawberries.

4 Fitness Myths That Just Won’t Go Away

All workouts are not created equal, but it can be confusing to know which ones give the best results.

exercising on treadmills

Body Mass Index: Use it or lose it?

BMI is a number calculated from a person’s height and weight but doesn’t measure body fat directly.

Doctor using body fat caliper

Healthier Holidays: Simple Ways to Cut Carbohydrates

Registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator has some healthy food swaps for you to try this holiday season.

cut carbs during the holidays

Differences in Chronic Asthma and Exercise-Induced Asthma in Children

Does your child suffer from chronic asthma or exercise-induced asthma? Read more to find out how you can help manage their symptoms.

Woman African American doctor general practitioner helping child to put nebulizer inhaler face mask. Asthma treatment for children.

Healthy Pumpkin Recipes to Help You Enjoy a Pure Michigan Fall

Pumpkin is actually one of the most nutritional foods available — they are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and both the flesh and seeds of the pumpkin provide many health-boosting nutrients.

Woman prepping pumpkin to cook

The Importance of Proper Technique and Form to Your Workout

Working out the right way is especially beneficial to living a healthy life. Learn more here about proper technique and form when hitting the gym.

Woman performing a squat

What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer Prevention

Living a healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of many illnesses, including breast cancer.

reduce your breast cancer risk

4 Common Myths About ADHD

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD, has generated a large amount of conversation lately, and with that, misconception.

ADHD Myths

Say “Ommm” to Your Workday: 3 Easy Yoga Poses to Relieve Stress

Yoga can help reduce some of the stress you feel in the workplace. You can even try some poses while sitting at your desk!

City Yoga

Incorporate Unusual Farmers Market Finds Into Recipes

Branch out and try new food at the farmers market. There are many ways to integrate these unique foods into recipes that are delicious and nutritious.

Collard Greens

Common Contact-Wearing Habits to Avoid

Do you sleep or swim in your contacts? Discover how this common practice is putting your vision in danger.

Eye Health

A Refresher Course on Proper Bike Safety

Planning to ride your bike all summer long? Remember these important safety tips before you head out.


How to Prepare for a Game of Golf

Here are a few tips to make sure you are prepared for a game of golf. Make sure to pack the essentials, do a quick stretch and have a game plan.

golf clubs for blog

The Facts About Colorectal Cancer

Even though it’s the third most commonly diagnosed cancer for both men and women in the United States, colorectal cancer’s symptoms remain a mystery to many.

Female doctor talking with patient.

Why Creativity is Good for Your Mind

Learn more about how creative outlets can have a positive impact on your life.

Black watercolor palette with mixed bright colors

Apple, Spinach, Chicken Sausage and Farro Stuffed Acorn Squash

Looking for a new dish to try this fall? Boost your mood with this delicious, savory meal.

Apple, Spinach, Chicken Sausage and Farro Stuffed Acorn Squash

Healthier Pancake Recipe {with video}

Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste. Check out this quick and easy pancake recipe that will leave you feeling energized.

Pancakes with Yogurt, Raspberries, and Blueberries

Reach Old Age in Good Health with Tips from Michigan Seniors

These tips from these older Michigan residents will keep you in shape throughout your senior years.

Healthy Senior

Educate Yourself About Mental Health Stigmas

Help stop the stigma surrounding mental health by educating yourself on the topic.


Are You Doing Enough to Protect your Kidneys?

Because the risk factors of kidney disease include high blood pressure and diabetes, one in three Americans have an increased risk. Here’s how to lower it.

are you protecting your kidneys

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash, Chicken and Quinoa Soup

What you choose to eat is very important for your brain health. Eating certain foods can boost your energy, mood and memory.

butternut squash, chicken and quinoa soup

Delicious Salmon Rosti

It is important to eat a diet rich in brain-boosting foods like salmon, olive oil and whole grains to keep your brain functioning at a high levels.

Salmon Rosti

How to Maintain Your Workout Regimen Through the Seasons

Do you have trouble maintaining a workout routine as the seasons change? Learn how to stay motivated to achieve your fitness goals.

Woman jogging

Eat the Rainbow with These Colorful Recipes

Make sure you’re getting all of your essential nutrients throughout the day with these rainbow-themed recipes.

Fruit rainbow pizza on a plate.

MSU vs. U of M Bell Pepper Cups

Help root on your favorite Michigan vs. Michigan State rivalry with this healthy tailgating recipe.

spartan stadium

Michigan Organizations Team Up to Raise Awareness for Suicide Prevention

Organizations across the state of Michigan are working to change the conversation about mental illness in young adults. Learn how you can help!

Young couple sitting with a pile of books

5 Signs Your Healthy Living Obsession is Unhealthy

Are you putting too much pressure on yourself to live a healthy lifestyle? Find out if your good intentions are bordering on an unhealthy obsession.

Girl laying on couch.

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chickpea Chili

This healthy twist on a fall favorite, Mediterranean Chickpea Chili, will have everyone full and satisfied.

mediterranean chickpea chili

Dark Chocolate Quinoa Football Energy Bites

With football season in full swing, make sure your tailgate recipes are in good shape to join in on the fun.

dark chocolate quinoa football energy bites

Pear and Roasted Fall Vegetables with Green Tahini Dressing

If you’re trying to take advantage of seasonal fall produce, this is the recipe for you. Your taste buds will be delighted by this delicious fall dish.

Pear and Roasted Fall Produce with Tahini Dressing

Benefits of Fandom: Why Being a Sports Fan Improves Your Health

Did you know that being a sports fan can have major health benefits? Read on for reasons to cheer!


Have Yourself a Happy, Healthy ArtPrize

Plan to incorporate healthy habits into your ArtPrize visit this year.


Apple Quinoa Breakfast Bake

For those of you who love oatmeal, but are looking for a gluten-free alternative, try this apple quinoa breakfast bake.

apple quinoa bake

African Chicken Peanut Stew

This stew is a delicious recipe for the first week of fall. Try it for dinner tonight!

Stew in a bowl.

Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Registered dietitian Grace Derocha shares a tasty recipe for a quick breakfast or snack that will keep you energized through a busy schedule.

Chocolate easter treats

Grilled Curry Chicken with Mango Canteloupe Slaw

Summer is the perfect time to get outside and grill. Bring the bright, fresh flavors of summer to your table with this recipe.

Grilled chicken on a plate with slaw.

Deconstructed California Sushi Roll

Fuel up with delicious sushi. Try this recipe for an easy, on-the-go version of a classic roll.

Mason jar preparation on a kitchen table.

Red Quinoa Bean Salad

This salad is the perfect way to incorporate red foods into your diet. This recipe is savory and sweet. It makes an excellent easy side or main course.

Quinoa salad in a dish.

Italian Meatball Sandwich

Celebrate National Sandwich Day with this tasty, comfort food recipe.

Meatball sandwich on a plate.

Savory, Flavorful Canapes

It's tea time! Try these English tea sandwiches at any time of the day for a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner.


Rainbow Meal Planning

This school year, encourage students to eat the rainbow. Use this guide to add a healthy splash of color to meals every day of the week.

an assortment of brightly colored vegetables on toast.

Tips from an Ironman Racer

Dad, teacher, coach, Ironman racer. Read insights and training details about one of the hardest triathlons out there.

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College Students: Get to Know Your Health Plan

Many Millennials don’t understand how health insurance works, where to apply or what’s available to them. Become educated on how to obtain and receive care.

Two college-aged girls studying a stack of books.

Recipes to Replace Your Favorite Junk Foods

Try one of these healthy alternatives to replace or reduce the harm some of your favorite junk foods may be causing.

cherry brie pizza

Asian Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry

Stir fry is a fun, easy way to combine your favorite vegetables into a flavorful dish. Try this healthy alternative to a classic recipe.

Stir fry in a bowl.

Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers

This recipe is great for an easy dinner or leftover lunch. Prepare the ingredients ahead of time and pop the peppers in the oven after a busy day.

Bell peppers with cheese and stuffing.

Baked Falafel

Try this protien-packed, delicious, vegetarian alternative to traditional meatballs.

Baked falafel on a plate with dip

Tzatziki Feta Dip

This dip pairs wonderfully with seasonal veggies, pita crackers or as a spread on a sandwich. Try it today!

Dip with green vegetables.

Asian Bento Box Pizza

Bento boxes are a fun way to ensure a child is getting a variety of nutrients at lunchtime. Try this pizza recipe today!

asian pizza naan bread

Tropical Island Yogurt Parfait

Kids who don't like sandwiches will enjoy this fun lunch alternative. Pack the ingredients seperately and assemble at school or prepare ahead of time.

Yogurt and ingredients on a plate.

Italian Lunch Skewers

Spice up your typical lunchtime routine with these easy skewers.

two Italian skewers on a white plate.

Rainbow Fruit Pizza

Kids will love opening their lunch box to find this colorful dish. Or, prepare it for a nutritious after school snack.

Fruit rainbow pizza on a plate.

Peach, Bacon and Smoked Mozzarella Panini

Celebrate National Panini Day with this flavorful, healthy sandwich alternative.

Panini on a plate.

Three Reasons to Start Budgeting

Budgeting doesn’t have to be a painstaking process. Take control of your finances, stretch your dollar further and improve your health by sticking to a budget.

Budget spelled in Scrabble letters.

Rainbow Veggie Pizza

This bright, colorful recipe makes a delicious addition to your lunchbox or a snack on the go.


How to Use Fitness to Help Kids Reach Their Goals

Setting fitness goals with your family will not only benefit their health, but their life as well.


Summer Workouts: Beach Edition

Take advantage of 3,200 miles of Michigan shorelines with a new way to work out.


Why Song Lyrics Can Ease Your Mind

Do you pay close attention to song lyrics? Turns out they could be good, or potentially harmful, for your health.


A Healthier Approach to National French Fry Day

Avoid the temptation of french fries on National French Fry Day and every day by making one of these healthier potato recipes.

Sweet potato fries

Grilled Cherry Salsa

Looking for new ideas to improve your grilling menu this summer? This salsa recipe is the perfect pairing to any dish this season.

grilled cherry salsa & tortilla

The Best Trails to Backpack in Northern Lower Peninsula

Read about some of the best summer backpacking trails in Michigan’s Northern Lower Peninsula.


Healthy Side and Dessert Recipes for a Tasty Independence Day

Invite your friends and family to share these tasty treats this Fourth of July. These recipes will have guests as excited as they are for the fireworks!

Yogurt bark and Fourth of July decorations on a wood table.

Why You Should Give Farmers Markets a Try

With summer comes farmers market season, bringing fresh produce right from your neighborhood to your kitchen table.


Celebrate Health with your Best Friend

Each year on June 8 we have the opportunity to send some love to our ride-or-die, partner in crime, best friends.

Celebrate Health with your Best Friend

6 ways to lower your blood pressure—naturally

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Michigan, but it is also one of the most preventable.


‘Tis the Season: Helpful Hacks to Manage Holiday Stress

Make the most of your holiday season by learning how to handle common stressful situations–from packed malls to wacky relatives.

stop holiday stress

Low-Sugar Lunch Box Snacks that Taste Great

Pack any of these five healthy snacks in your kid’s lunchbox. They offer some much-needed nutrition during the sugar-filled holidays.

low-sugar snacks

Take a Deep Breath: 12 Seconds to a Calmer You

If you’ve got 12 seconds, you’ve got time to put your stress on notice. Here’s how to use deep breathing to relax.

deep breathing

Crockpot Honey Ginger Chicken with Broccoli Recipe

This recipe for crock pot honey ginger chicken is quick, easy, healthy and delicious.

crock pot honey ginger chicken

Crockpot Lasagna Soup Recipe

Mix up your crockpot meals with 2 recipes from registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator Grace Derocha

crockpot lasagna soup recipe

7 Ways to Prepare Your Body for Winter

Keep these things in mind and you’ll be healthy and happy all winter long.

prepare your body for winter

Pause the Rat Race: This Simple Mindfulness Technique Can Help

Learn how mindfulness can help you regain focus on stressful days.

pause the rat race

How You – and Your Kids! – Can Stay Active During the Holidays

Looking for ways to get off the couch over the holidays? We have ideas for you (And your kids) to keep moving.

stay active through the holidays

10 Healthy Dishes to Add to Your Thanksgiving Spread

Prepare a Thanksgiving dinner that will please the crowd and is still low in fat and calories. Here are 10 recipes to add to your feast.

healthy sides for thanksgiving

The Truth About Diabetes: What Every Michigander Should Know

A nutritionist breaks down exactly what you need to know about reducing your risk for type 2 diabetes–news every Michigander should know.

Learn more about diabetes

Reduce Stress and Relax with More Reading, Less Screen Time

Getting lost in a good book can be good for your mental health, help you sleep better and more!

get lost in a good book

Healthy Swaps for a Lighter and Enjoyable Holiday and Season

You don’t have to finish your Thanksgiving dinner feeling stuffed. Here’s how to fill your plate the lighter way.

healthy thanksgiving plate

Good for Your Gut: Benefits of Fermented Food

It turns out fermentation can turn already healthy veggies into nutritional superstars. Here’s everything you need to know about adding it to your diet.

benefits of fermented foods

Decided to Quit Smoking? We Have Resources to Guide You

Making the decision to finally quit smoking is no easy feat – but neither is sticking to it forever. Here are some resources available to you.

resources to help you quit smoking

Row, Row, Row Your Way to Being Healthier

The next time you want to get your heart racing and muscles burning, head to the rowing machine. Here are three reasons it’s worth your time.

benefits of rowing

The Great Debate over Tobacco Alternatives

While smoking alternatives such as e-cigarettes, hookah or chewing tobacco may help you quit – they still pose the same serious health risks as smoking.

risks of alternative cigarettes

Medications To Help You Quit The Tobacco Habit For Good

More than two-thirds of smokers want to quit completely, they just think they can’t. You have options though, like medications that can help you quit.

closeup of a pile of different colored pills on a table.

Strategies to Help You Quit Smoking

If you or a friend have been thinking about quitting smoking – the time is now. The long-term effects include risk of heart attacks, cancer, and more.

how to quit smoking

The Time To Quit Smoking Is Now

If you or a loved one is struggling with finding ways to quit smoking, check out the multiple resources we have to guide and support you on your journey,

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What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer: Detection

Know your warning signs, symptoms and how to get tested for breast cancer.

breast cancer detection

9 Meatless Meals to Try This Fall

Eggplant, kale, squash and pumpkins are all in season right now. We have vegetarian meals you can easily make for the fall season.

Fall vegetarian meals

Recipe: Rainbow Veggie Spring Rolls

This easy spring roll recipe is a fun way to add veggies to your lunch.

veggie spring roll recipe

The Gadget that Will Keep You Stepping at Any Age

One of the easiest ways to boost your activity level is to simply get outside and walk. Activity trackers can help you stay motivated and see progress.

stay motivated to walk

Healthy Versions of Your Favorite Pumpkin-Flavored Foods

Pumpkin has a lot of great health benefits. Eat more of it with these easy healthy pumpkin-flavored recipes.

healthy pumpkin flavored foods

Physical Activity Tips for Fall

The arrival of fall brings cool Michigan temperatures, but don’t let the shift in the seasons get in the way of your physical activity!

exercising in the fall

A Healthier “Jogging” Taco Salad

During your next tailgate, try a healthier way have a jogging taco salad. Here’s everything you need to make this healthy dish.

healthy taco recipe for tailgates

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