What is Malnutrition?

Malnutrition doesn’t just mean undernutrition, when you’re not eating enough nutrient-rich food. It can also mean overnutrition.


Healthy Out-of-the-lunch-box Ideas for Kids

Different food groups provide vital nutrients to fuel a child’s day. Here’s how to get at least three of the five groups into your child’s lunch.

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5 Fun and Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Involved in Cooking

Want to sharpen your child’s cooking skills early? These easy, creative tips can make for a fun family experience in the kitchen.

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Is It Healthier Than a Cookie? Granola Bars Carry Hidden Sugars 

Is reaching for a granola bar a healthier choice than a couple cookies? Here’s how reading a label can help.

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Shark Week-friendly TV Snacks

Enhance your Shark Week viewing routine with these nutritious themed snacks.

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How to Keep Kids Healthy During Summer Sports Practice 

Summertime can be a busy season for kids and sports. Here’s a few tips to keep active kids healthy.

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A Week of Healthy, Easy School Lunches

Need inspiration for balanced school lunches? These easy options have all the nutrients kids need and some take just a few minutes to make.

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5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Preschooler Healthy

Keeping your preschooler healthy can be difficult. Check out these simple reminders to help strengthen their immune system and teach healthy habits.

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A Parent’s Guide to Dietary Discussions

Knowing how to talk to a child about their health is key to empowering them to make smart choices. Here are tips on how to start a dialogue.

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Fight Childhood Obesity with Go, Glow and Grow Foods

The typical American diet favors convenience foods over health. The “go, glow and grow foods” concept can help kids make healthier choices.

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Healthy Halloween Snacks to Make with Your Kids

Want to take some of your kids’ focus off of candy? Try these fun Halloween-themed snacks, all built around fruit.


How a ‘Mascot Mindfulness’ Series is Connecting Kids to Healthy Tips   

Mascots for the Detroit Lions and Detroit Pistons are featured in these short segments aimed at helping kids learn about mindfulness and meditation.

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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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7 Healthy Lunch Options for Kids

Here are 7 healthy lunch options to incorporate more nutrition into the school day for busy families.

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Strawberry Picking in Michigan: Why You Should Go & Tips For When You Do

Fresh Michigan strawberries are a wonderful summer treat, especially when you pick them yourself!


How to Help Your Child Make Healthy Eating Choices at School

How can you help kids make healthy choices when they buy lunch? It’s important to educate children on nutrition and how to make healthy decisions on their own.

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Back-to-School: Backpack Health

As kids bring more and more home in their backpacks, make sure their backs stay healthy and strong by following these guidelines.

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How to Get Kids Excited About Brushing their Teeth

There are plenty of ways to make kids look forward to brushing their teeth and even start to see it as fun! Here are a few techniques to get you there.

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Slow Cooker Butter Chicken with Veggies

Let your kids help with prepping this yummy butter chicken recipe. When they have some control over the veggies you use, they might be more willing to try them.

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Activities for Holiday Fun with Your Kids

Children make the holidays brighter. Make sure you set aside some special activities just for them.

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How to Prepare Kids for a Different Kind of Holiday

Holidays will be different for many families this year. Helping children understand why and picking new ways to make them festive will make the difference.

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Recognizing and Managing Learning Disabilities in Students

Hear from Dr. Amy McKenzie on how to recognize and cope with students who are struggling with a learning disability.

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How to Work STEM/STEAM Lessons in at Home Using Household Items

You can encourage your children to do STEM/STEAM projects with things already in your kitchen, pantry and bathroom cupboards.

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5 Healthy Desserts Your Kids Will Actually Love

A sweet or savory treat can be healthy with the right recipe. Check out a few of our favorite lighter-but-still-delicious treats.

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Alternative Ways to Celebrate Halloween at Home

Health officials recommend we don’t trick-or-treat in the traditional way, but there are some safer alternatives.

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Helping Kids Understand Portion Sizes

Teach your child proper portion sizes with these fun tips and recipes!

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Cooking with Kids: Apple, Turkey and Cheese Pockets

Get children in the kitchen with this easy recipe. Young kids ages four to six can make this on their own for a quick bite to eat.

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Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: Keep Your Kids Healthy This School Year

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month falls within back-to-school season. Here’s how Michigan parents can keep their kids healthy and active all year long.

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Coping Tips for Starting School with Uncertainty

Back-to-school is very different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you're struggling with the uncertainty, these coping tips might help.

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Protect Our National Parks

As the National Parks System celebrates it’s centennial, it’s important for visitors to know a few rules when visiting them.

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Three Ways to Keep Kids Active Into Their Teens

Follow these tips to keep kids active in the age of technology.

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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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A Guide to Summer’s Poisonous Plants

A guide to help identify poisonous plants around Michigan and what to do if you or a family member has been affected.

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In Praise of #GirlDads and Empowering Father Figures

A salute to all the dads and father figures raising strong, confident girls.

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4 Bike Safety Tips to Keep Kids Safe

Follow these four simple tips to keep your little ones safe this bike riding season.

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Blast from the Past: Old Throwback Games

A blast from the past that includes old school games that we all use to play outside during the summer and at recess.

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Virtual Ways to Help your Kids Go Green on Earth Day

Earth Day, which happens April 22, is the perfect time to educate your little ones about respecting nature and keeping our environment healthy.

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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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Jumping for Heart Health

Jumping rope is a staple of the Kids Heart Challenge, a nationwide effort by the American Heart Association.


#MIKidsCan Turkey Day VIP Sweepstakes: Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with the Detroit Lions

Children ages 10-18 are eligible to win a Thanksgiving Day Detroit Lions prize package. Learn more about how you can enter your child this year.

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Why Safe Routes to Schools Matter

In this guest post from Ty Schmidt, executive director of Traverse City-based non-profit organization Norte, learn why walkable communities are good for health.

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Inspiring Active Communities in Northern Michigan: Norte Expanding to Kalkaska

With support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and other organizations, Norte is expanding its youth-focused programming to Kalkaska in northern Michigan.

DeAndre singing with the Detroit Youth Choir.

Detroit Youth Choir Member Has “High Hopes” for America’s Got Talent Finale

DeAndre “Dre” Elliott has been performing with the Detroit Youth Choir since the 4th grade. Read about his experience performing on America’s Got Talent.

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Medals4Mettle: Rewarding Life’s Hardest Races

Medals4Mettle collects old earned medals from long-distance runs such as half-marathons, marathons and triathlons and gives them to kids in the hospital.

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Detroit Food Academy: Cultivating Young Leaders and Tasty Treats

Find out how young people in Detroit are learning culinary and life skills, all while running a successful business based on healthy snacks.

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Building Healthy Easter Traditions {with recipe}

Easter can be a fun and indulgent holiday. Here are some healthy ideas perfect for the whole family.

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Keep Your Family’s Health On Track This Spring Break

While vacation is a time for fun and relaxation, it’s important to remember to pack healthy habits with you this spring break.

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Recipe Roundup: St. Paddy’s Day Snack Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and what better way to spend this holiday then with some fun snacks. Here are four creative snack recipes to try out.

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9 Budget-Friendly Family Activities Happening in March

There are tons of family-friendly happenings going on in Michigan in March that are fun and cost effective. Here are a few events worth checking out this month.

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Enter the Pistons Kids Day Sweepstakes

Blue Cross and the Detroit Pistons are Offering Children Ages 8-12 A Chance to “Go to Work” on Gameday at Little Caesars Arena…

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How Cold is Too Cold for Kids to Play Outside

Although getting the kids outside is important and still an option in the winter, the temperature and wind-chill requires caution.

Little girl playing tennis on an indoor court.

Midland’s Dow Tennis Classic Inspires Next Generation of Players

Visit Midland during the Dow Tennis Classic, which hosts high-caliber professionals and offers plenty of opportunities for kids and adults to get in the game.

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Christmas Tree Pizza

Make your pizza extra-festive this holiday season by making it in the shape of a Christmas tree.

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Unique Places to Visit Santa in MI

Still looking to make time for family photos with Santa? Avoid the last minute hustle and bustle at the malls by visiting him at these Michigan destinations.

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Michigan Parades and Festivals to Get You In the Holiday Spirit

Make merry and bright memories by checking out these fun Michigan parades and festivals.

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Q&A with Grand Rapids Griffins’ Hockey Star Matt Puempel

Catch up with Matt Puempel, a second-season Grand Rapids Griffin on hockey, life and why he loves giving back to the communities he plays in.

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MVP to VIP: Noah Kimbrough

Noah Kimbrough won the #MIKidsCan Turkey Day VIP sweepstakes, earning a ride on a parade float and greeting Detroit Lion Matthew Stafford on game day.

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When “Boo!” Becomes “Boo-Hoo”

Before you take your kids to the haunted house or watch a scary movie together, make sure they're emotionally equipped to handle it.

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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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Scare Up Some Fun With Crafty Halloween Pumpkins

The Jack-o-Lantern may be one of the most iconic representations of Halloween, but pumpkin carving has evolved into a form of artistic expression.

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Healthier Halloween Treats Your Kids Will Love

Here are a few helpful tips to make this Halloween a bit healthier for your trick-or-treaters.

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The Teal Pumpkin Project™: A Halloween Treat for Kids with Food Allergies

Candy might be the most traditional treat to give out on Halloween, but it’s not the only option. Here are some non-sweet hand-outs that all kids will love.

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How Family Dinners Help Kids Avoid Drugs and Alcohol

Research shows sitting down and sharing a meal can help kids and teens resist the temptations of drugs and alcohol.

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Tips to Find the Right Extracurricular for Your Child

Learn about finding the extracurricular that works best for your child.

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Head Lice: What You Need to Know

Just uttering the words “head lice” causes parents of young children to shudder. If you’re faced with an infestation, here’s how to deal.


Keep Kids Cool When the Weather Heats Up

Heat exhaustion hits children faster than adults. Here’s how to protect your family all summer long.

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Rollerblading: Your Underrated Summer Cardio

Rollerblading is not just for kids’ birthday parties anymore! Here’s why you should break out the blades this summer to help you stay fit.

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Pay-to-Play Sports: How One Michigan District Ensures Access for All  

At Grand Rapids Public Schools, everyone can participate in athletics, regardless of their ability to pay. Find out how they’re empowering kids through sports.


Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The Best Way to Protect Your Child’s Ears

Hearing-related issues can be avoided with proper protection methods.


Macomb Youth Scores Chance to Skate with the Detroit Red Wings

12-year-old Sarah Myziuk will join the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, April 7 as the #MIKidsCan Youth Skater of the Game.


Kid-Friendly, Nut-Free Meal Ideas

Allergies now affect 18 percent of children in the U.S. Use these recipes to avoid the most common foods prompting allergic reactions.

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Healthier Easter Baskets for Every Age

Not all Easter baskets need to be stuffed with sugary treats. Instead, fill baskets with age-appropriate, creative gifts to excite kids.


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.


Help Brush Away Your Kid’s Fear of the Dentist

It’s completely possible to get your kids to the dentist without screaming or crying. You just need to go about it the right way.


January #MIKidsCan Champion of the Month: Caebre Baty

Blue Cross' #MIKidsCan Champion of the Month is Caebre Baty. He's playing a young Martin Luther King Jr. in Opera Grand Rapids' production of I DREAM.


December #MIKidsCan Champions of the Month

Meet our December #MIKidsCan Champions of the Month, two student leaders from a Lansing #BuildingHealthyCommunities school!

#MIKidsCan Kid-Friendly Healthy Recipes Menu Blue Cross Blue Shield

Introducing the Delicious #MIKidsCan Restaurant-to-Table Menu

Bring home dishes from your favorite Michigan restaurants with the #MKC menu. These healthy, kid-friendly meals are sure to be a hit!

Help Your Child Soar with Indoor Rock Climbing

Help Your Child Soar with Indoor Rock Climbing

Looking for new ways to keep your kids active indoors? Take them indoor rock climbing!


November #MIKidsCan Champion of the Month Hailey Reighard

Meet our November #MIKidsCan Champion of the Month and Turkey Day VIP winner, Hailey Reighard!


An Age-by-Age Guide to Cooking With Your Children

Get your child interested in cooking at any age! Check out this guide to teaching your little ones the basics.


Zingerman’s Bakehouse Turkey Urfa Chili

Bring the kids to the kitchen and make this delicious (and healthy) meal together.


Cranberry Apple Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash from The Little Mustard Seed Café

Bring your favorite local Michigan restaurants to your dinner table with these fall recipes.


A 13-Year-Old’s Unique Take on Healthy Eating

Our kids are our future, and they can help your family stay focused on healthy eating and cooking!

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Is Your Child’s School Prepared for a Cardiac Arrest?

Nov. 6-10, 2017 and Feb. 5-9, 2018 are weeks designated for CPR/AED drills in Michigan schools. Make sure your local schools are participating.

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Lansing Overpass Gets New Life as #Penn4People Mural

Lansing community members proudly painted a new mural, #Penn4People, in partnership with Lansing Economic Area Partnership.


#MIKidsCan Students Cook up Soul-Warming Autumn Soup

Grab a notepad and watch this #MIKidsCan exclusive, where a classic fall comfort food gets upgraded with the help of local young chefs.


Autumn Minestrone Soup from The Simple Kitchen

Cozy up to a low calorie, easy-to-make fall soup that even your kids will love to make.


3 Michigan-made Smoothies from Malamiah Juice Bar

Whether it’s an after school snack or a morning refresher, these healthful concoctions can be made in minutes.


#MIKidsCan Snack Time! Kid-Approved Smoothies from Malamiah Juice Bar

If your kids need an afterschool pick-me-up or a bit of an immunity system boost, watch #MIKidsCan put together these easy, 3-step juice recipes.


#MIKidsCan Champion of the Month: Aiden Carrithers

Meet our #MIKidsCan Champion of the Month who spent opening night at Little Caesars Arena on the ice with the Detroit Red Wings!


3 Kid-Friendly Ways to Meal Prep for the Week

According to registered dietitians, meal prepping is key for being healthy. Learn how to do it the kid-friendly way this week

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Competitive Jump Roping Helps Michigan Youth Soar Higher

Jumping rope as competitive sport? Jumpin’ All-Stars, based in Livingston County, is offering a workshop to teach kids how it’s done.


September #MIKidsCan Champion of the Month: Reed Vanderlugt

Meet our September Champion and Iceman Cometh Contest Winner, Reed Vanderlugt!


8 Tips to Start a Successful Walk to School Day in Your Neighborhood

Walk to School Day takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. Get tips from the organizer of Traverse City’s successful program, which has grown every year.


The Potentially Life-Saving Skill to Teach Your Infant

This life-saving technique can teach young children what to do if they fall in water


#MIKidsCan Champion of the Month: Racing Back to School with Max Zigterman

Meet Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's August #MIKidsCan Champion of the Month, Max!

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#MIKidsCan Experience Fitness at the 2017 GR Hispanic Festival

Bring your kids to the #MIKidsCan fitness area at this weekend’s Hispanic Festival in downtown Grand Rapids, where they can try out new fitness activities.


Tips for Teaching Kids How to Manage Money

Have you thought about teaching your child how to manage money at a young age?

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