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The Right Way to Care for Your Reusable Water Bottle

Reusable water bottles aren't always the easiest thing to clean. All the common cleaning questions you have are probably answered here.

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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.

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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.

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Who’s Caring for the Caregivers?

Taking care of a sick or elderly family members is an extremely noble act. But be careful not to abandon your own self care.

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Your Roadmap to Conquering Flu Season

An annual flu shot is the best way to protect against the flu, but it’s only the first step. This guide should help you conquer flu season.

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Helping Children Get Acquainted with a New School

A new school can be a hard transition for children, tweens and teens to navigate. Read up on ways to help your child build confidence this school year.

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Your Daily Guide to Practicing Self-Care

Self-care means engaging in little actions to improve your physical health and happiness. Here’s how to get started.

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Getting to the Core of Apple Uses

With so many options, it can be hard to choose your favorite and even harder to know which kind you need for any given recipe.

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Five Tips for Picking Out Sunglasses

The sun can damage more than just your skin. Follow these tips to pick out the right sunglasses for you, and start protecting your eyes today.

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Celebrate MLK Jr. Day Virtually this Year

Ways to honor and celebrate the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. around the state.

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5 Quick Workouts to Squeeze into Your Schedule

Life can get busy, but it’s important to keep up with your fitness routine. Here are five quick workouts you can do anywhere.

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4 Changes Women Should Make for Their Heart’s Sake

Read up on cardiologist Joni Summitt’s tips to help women reduce their risk for heart disease.

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Staying Active and Healthy At Any Age: Safe Exercises for Seniors

Try some of these safe and effective exercises to remain active and well as you age.

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Celebrate Kids Eat Right Month

August is Kids Eat Right Month, founded by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to emphasize ways to help kids eat right and be more active.

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Fun Ways to Boost Summer Learning

Make summer schooling fun with these tips to help your child continue their education on vacation.

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Take Charge of Your Health During Men’s Health Month

The most common health concerns for men are heart disease, stroke, depression/mental health, lung cancer and prostate cancer.

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8 Steps to Becoming a Runner

Looking for an exercise that can benefit your mental and physical health? Here are eight steps to kick-start your running journey.

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Basic Summer Survival Guide

Stay cool and safe this season by following these summer survival tips.

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Carrot, Date and Feta Salad

Tired of the same old boring salads you've been eating? Give this unique mix a try!

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Pandemic Parenting: It’s Not Perfect and That’s Okay

The struggle is real. Author Brianna Neace shares her take on parenting through a pandemic - the good, the messy and a healthy dose of grace and understanding.

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The Road To A Healthier Gut: Digestive Disorders 101

Some aspects of gut health are uncontrollable, but there are ways to improve the health of your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Here’s how to get started.

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Distance Learning Tips from Michigan Teachers

Trying to navigate working from home and teaching your kids at the same time? These veteran Michigan teachers have tips and resources.

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Little Life Skills Everyone Should Know

Of course education is important and school learning should be a priority, but there are also plenty of lessons kids can learn outside of the classroom.

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In a Rut? 12 Ways to Move Forward with Positivity

From creative outlets to health and wellness changes, there are plenty of ways to work on yourself. Here are our favorite ideas.

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What You Can Do Now to Prepare for Spring Allergies

Why wait until you’re miserable to fight allergies? Simple steps taken in advance can make a world of difference.

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10 Ways to Maximize Productivity When You Work from Home

If you’ve recently had to shift to working from home, you might be feeling confused or overwhelmed with your new work environment. These tips can help.

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Keep Kids Moving at Home

Check out these fun, simple ideas to help kids work on cognitive, fitness and social skills at home.

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Eating Healthy on a Budget

Eating healthy doesn't have to be expensive. Here are eight budget-friendly foods to add to your grocery list.

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Tips for Making Healthy Dinners for Kids

Dinnertime is a great moment to talk to your kids about their day, share funny stories, and introduce them to new foods.

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Can You Get In a Workout While Spring Cleaning? You Bet!

Simple work outs to add to your daily chores around the house

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High-Tech Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Check out these apps that will help you keep track of your heart health.

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The Best Exercises for Your Heart

It seems easy to “stay active” for your heart health, but what does that really mean? We break down some exercises that can keep your heart healthy.

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7 Reasons to Quit Fad Diets

Think twice before trying that new diet that made your cousin lose 10 pounds in one week. Fad diets are unsustainable and not designed for long-term success.

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Best Ways to Burn Calories Outdoors this Winter

Rather than staying cooped up in the house during the snowy months, head outdoors for some of these fun activities!

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How Reading Can Boost Your Mental Health

Did you know that reading has health benefits associated with it? Read on to find out what those benefits include.

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Black Bean and Pineapple Salsa

Forgo the store-bought salsa and opt for this flavorful homemade recipe.

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Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s is a common form of dementia. “World Alzheimer’s Month” is an opportunity to learn more about the disease.

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Halloween Recipe Roundup

Host a festive, well-rounded Halloween party this year with these healthy treats.

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Senior Falls: Why They’re Dangerous and How to Avoid Them

Falls are the number one cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans. Find out how to reduce your risk.

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National Safety Month: Tips for Proper Food Storage and Foodborne Illness Prevention

Every year in the U.S. foodborne illness causes approximately 48 million afflictions and 3,000 deaths. Proper food storage is key to avoid becoming a victim.

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The Truth About Carbs

Carbohydrates are often viewed negatively when it comes to a healthy diet. Read here to learn about healthy carbs and why your body needs them.

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Grilled Chicken with Tzatziki Feta Dip

Tired of eating bland chicken every night? Switch up your weeknight meals with this easy and flavorful recipe.

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Fried Rice Pineapple Boat

Don't waste money on take-out – try making your favorite Thai dish at home with this recipe!

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Purple Power Salad with Blueberries Recipe

Purple and blue foods tend to be high in antioxidants, which means this hearty salad is as nutritious as it is pretty.

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A Survival Guide for College Move-In

Going to college is a huge step in your life, and there is a lot to do before moving in. Read here to find out more!

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Housing Options for Seniors Who Can’t (Or Don’t Want) to Live Alone

What are the options when it comes to senior housing? This guest post from the Area Agency on Aging 1-B provides tips and considerations for choosing wisely.

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In Season: Pick From These 52 Fruits and Veggies

Having trouble figuring out the best produce to eat this season? We're here to help.

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Citrus Vinaigrette Recipe

Looking to spruce up your favorite dish? Give meals a burst of citrus flavor with this tangy vinaigrette.

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Feeling Lonely? How to Connect

Nearly half of Americans often feel alone or left out. Learn how to cope with loneliness and how to implement strategies to help you feel connected.

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The All-Natural Guide to Cleaning Your Home

There’s no need to buy pricey products to clean your home. These seven items are probably already in your pantry and will get your home gleaming.

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Blueberry Cheesecake Bread Pudding

Try our antioxidant-packed take on bread pudding. Our secret ingredient? Blueberries!

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Six Self-Care Tips for Women

Women can take control of their health and significantly reduce the risk of serious conditions. Dr. Patricia Ferguson shares six tips to get started.

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How to Start a Backyard Compost Pile

Looking to reduce your food waste and improve your garden at the same time? Composting isn’t as hard as it may seem. Here’s how to get started.

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Spring Cleaning for a Healthier, Safer Home

Your house might look clean, but there are some under-the-radar spots you might be missing that you’ll want to clean up for a healthier, safer home.

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Answers to Your Most-Searched for Nutrition Questions

Finding reputable health advice online can be hit or miss. That’s why we’ve gathered five of the most searched-for nutrition questions in one place.

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Get Fit in Your 40s, 50s, 60s and Beyond

Metabolism decreases 1 to 2 percent every decade for women and 5 to 8 percent for men. Exercise can help bridge the gap.

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St. Patrick’s Day: Get Your Plate in Shape with these Healthy Green Food Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day can mean more than green beer. Think going green as a benefit to your body and your health.

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5 Tips to Help Seniors Stay Independent for as Long as Possible

If you have aging parents or are a senior wanting to stay in your home independently, this post from the Area Agency on Aging 1-B is full of helpful tips.

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The Big Benefits of a Basic Broth

Emmele Herrold, co-owner and Executive Chef at Hazel, Ravines and Downtown in Birmingham, serves bone broth to customers daily.

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A Perfect Pair: Heart Health and Physical Activity

Are you getting the recommended amounts of exercise to prevent heart disease and other health conditions? Find out how much you need and how to get moving.

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Meal Planning Made Easy

Finding it hard to make time for meal planning? Here are some easy recipes you can prep to enjoy all week long.

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Slow Cooker Recipe Roundup

Set it and forget it in the morning and come home to a hearty meal. Is there anything more convenient than making dinner in your slow cooker?

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Make Time to Volunteer All Year Long

Volunteering is a way to keep a sense of holiday cheer going all year. The great state of Michigan is filled with opportunities to give back. Here’s are a few.

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Why Creativity is Good for Your Mind

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

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Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup

Skip the takeout and stay warm this winter season by making this slow cooker soup.

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52 Little Habits That Will Help You Create an Amazing 2019

The new year is a great time to renew your commitment to a healthy mind, body and spirit. Here are little tweaks to do just that.

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Slow Cooker Lemon Lentil Soup

Need to use up some lentils? Try this slow cooker twist on a classic lemon lentil dish.

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6 Surprising Ways to Beat Vitamin D Deficiency

It’s crucial to get enough vitamins and nutrients. But how do you know if you’re Vitamin D deficient? Learn warning signs and ways to up your Vitamin D intake.

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Feel Happier and Healthier with a Dose of Nature

Why connecting with nature is as vital to good health as wellness visits, preventive screenings and daily vitamins.

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Green Bean and Blood Orange Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

Running out of salad ideas? Make yours more colorful and flavorful with some green beans and blood oranges.

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Sweet Potato and Carrot Mash

This sweet side dish is the perfect healthy addition to your holiday meal or any fall or weeknight dinner.

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Eyeball Pasta Dinner

This spooky and savory meal will definitely be an "eye"- ful at any Halloween party.

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Having a Safe, Happy and Healthy Halloween

Halloween can be a spooky time for your children's health. Use these tips to ensure a fun and healthy experience!

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Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Greek Yogurt

Try out a healthier twist on this sweet and tart apple treat.

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In Michigan, It’s Easy to Eat the Rainbow {Videos}

When you live in Michigan, you never have to travel too far to eat every color of the rainbow.

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Lemon Blueberry Zucchini Bread

This simple and sweet bread is rich in nutrients without sacrificing taste.

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How to Work Off the Calories in Your Favorite Tailgating Foods

Tailgating is a fun way to celebrate the football season but can really increase the calorie and fat intake in your diet. Check out the damage one game can do!

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Slow Cooker Pear and Pecan Quinoa Oatmeal

Save time in the morning by pre-assembling this healthy, hearty slow cooker breakfast with sweet pears and crunchy pecans.

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Slow Cooker Peach and Bourbon Bonanza Baked Beans

This recipe requires little prep and can cook all day for you to enjoy as a vegetarian meal or side dish when you get home from a busy day.

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Michigan August Bucket List: 10 Ideas to Squeeze the Most Out of Summer

Blueberries, beaches and baseball. These are just a few of our picks for an awesome August.

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Blueberry Pancake Frozen Yogurt Pops

These pops are full of flavor, a healthier alternative to the typical popsicle, and are perfect for cooling off in the hot sun.

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No Gym Membership? No Problem! 5 Exercises That Don’t Cost You a Dime

Exercising outdoors is healthier and cheaper than being indoors in a gym.

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Stopping the “Summer Slide”

Kids lose up to two months of education in the summer months. Use these tricks to keep them sharp all year long.

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Self-Compassion: How to Change Your Self-Talk

Self-compassion is treating yourself as you would a friend when you’re upset or disappointed. Use some of our tips to cultivate a happier mind and body.

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Michigan Cherry Recipe Round-Up

Cherries are delicious and yet very beneficial to your health . Since its cherry season, we have some fun recipes to share with you

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Cherry Meatballs

Celebrate the Traverse City National Cherry Festival in your own backyard with these mouthwatering meatballs!

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6 steps for adjusting to your new role as a caregiver

Here are some little things you can do that will make caregiving for an elderly parent a little easier for everyone.

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Caprese Burger with Artichoke Pesto

Looking for a new summer recipe to make on the grill? This burger will leave everyone's taste buds happy.

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This Association is Fighting Alzheimer’s Head On: How You Can Get Involved

The Alzheimer’s Association has many support groups and events for Michiganders impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

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Art Therapy: Relief That Gets Your Creative Juices Flowing

A 101 on all things art therapy: how it works, what it treats and who is impacted by the treatment.

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Zucchini Pie

The leftovers from this delicious dinner recipe make for a great lunch later on in the week. It's fast, easy and the whole family will enjoy it.

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3 Science-Backed Reasons to Have a Hobby

Research shows that having a hobby may improve lots of different areas of your life. To get you going, here are some hobby ideas to check out:

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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.

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How Bad is Television, Computer Time for Your Health?

It’s little secret that sitting on your butt for long periods of time is bad for your health.

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Educate Yourself About Mental Health Stigmas

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

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Share the Facts and Join the Fight to End Alzheimer’s

The number of Americans living with Alzheimer's disease is growing. It's important to understand the disease to detect and provide accurate diagnosis earlier.

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The Link Between Laughter and Health: What the Research Says

Is laughter really the best medicine? Find out how it can help your health and where the science is still unclear.

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Have Questions About Your Little One’s Allergies? Here Are the Answers

Before allergy season kicks into high-gear, consider these questions if your little one exhibits signs of a food or seasonal allergy.

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How to Make Healthier Broccoli and Cheese Soup

This healthier broccoli cheese soup still tastes just as rich and comforting as the higher calorie classic version.

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The Ketogenic Diet: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Should you try the ketogenic diet? A registered dietitian shares her take on the good, the bad and the ugly of this trend.

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