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Self-Checks to Do at Home

Breast self-exams, temperature checks and even measuring heart rate are all things that can be indicators of how healthy a person is.

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Winter Workout Safety

Adding snow and ice to a workout routine presents additional challenges and health risks. Before you step outside, keep these health and safety tips in mind.

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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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Are You Washing Your Hands the Right Way?

Germs are spread when you touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, so it's important to wash them the right way. Especially during flu season.

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6 Signs Your Child Needs Glasses

Children can react to vision problems with signs and symptoms like distractibility and hyperactivity that could be confused with those of ADHD.

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What does SPF Mean? 

Myths about sun safety and SPF are common. Here’s what SPF really means and how to use it to keep yourself safe in the sun.

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5 Ways to Choose a Safer Sunscreen

The summer sun can do serious damage to your skin if you are not proactive. These five tips can keep you safe, healthy and unburnt.

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What to Know About Your Blood Type 

Some people know more about their horoscope signs than what type of blood they have. Here are a few things you should know about your blood type.

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How to Spot Common Food Allergies in Children

Offices, classrooms and even restaurants often have signs that warn of food allergies. Here’s how parents can stay ahead of them.

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Best Exercises to Lower Blood Pressure 

Nearly half of all U.S. adults have hypertension. Regular exercise can help lower blood pressure.

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Easy Ways to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy 

Cravings come and go, but healthy eating during pregnancy is easy to accomplish.

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Everything You Need to Know About Stress 

Did you know there are different types of stress? Here’s what you need to know.

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The Real Scoop on Colonoscopies

It’s one of those topics people avoid talking about. But the fact is, colonoscopies save lives.

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Understanding Autism in Children

Autism affects the way a person communicates and interacts with others. It does not affect all people equally, rather there are varying degrees of severity.

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Preventing Cervical Cancer: Why Pap Test Rules Have Changed

Guidelines on when women should get Pap and HPV screenings for cervical cancer have changed recently. Women should talk to their doctor about options.

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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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Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

The dangers of snow shoveling are not limited to those who have poor health. Everyone should adhere to these safety tips.

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8 Things You Should Know About the Flu Shot

The flu vaccine is effective, does not cause the flu, and affects children and adults differently. Here are some other facts to know in order to stay protected.

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What to Expect During an Annual Eye Exam

An eye exam is an important part of an overall health assessment and supports the recognition of more than 270 health conditions. Here's what you can expect.

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What Age and How Often Should Kids Get an Eye Exam?

Visiting the eye doctor may seem intimidating, especially to kids, but it could make all the difference when testing for visual development and abnormalities.

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Self-Care Tips During the Holidays

Setting aside time to do good things for yourself is the gift that keeps giving all season long.

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Toy Safety 101: Kid-Friendly Checklist

Are your child's toys safe? Each year, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized due to toy-related injuries.

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When Are the Best and Worst Times to Get a Flu Shot?

Still on the fence about getting a flu shot? It’s time to hop off and roll up your sleeve. Here’s the best time to get your seasonal flu shot.

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Tips for Managing Stress When You’re at College

If you are heading off to college, read these tips about prioritizing your physical and mental health while away.

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Dog-tired? A nighttime ritual to help you feel more rested

Check out these tips to help you get into a better bedtime routine so that you wake up feeling better, mentally and physically.

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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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Don’t be SAD this Winter: Exercise to Fight the Winter Blues

When you’re experiencing the winter blues, exercise is probably the last thing you want to do, but research shows it can help improve your mood.

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More People Taking Handwashing Seriously During Pandemic

Handwashing, now more than ever, is a huge component in preventing COVID-19 and other illnesses.

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Talking About Your Family’s Mental Health History

Finding out which mental health disorders could be in your family tree might take a little detective work but can be valuable information for your own health.

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How to Care for Your Skin’s Changing Needs in the Winter

Don’t let winter’s cold, dry air make your skin look older than it is. A moisturizing skin care routine can be just the trick you’re looking for.

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Talking to Kids About the Dangers of Drinking and Drugged Driving

Many children learn about alcohol and drugs a lot earlier than parents anticipate so having conversations about drinking and drugged driving is important.

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Tips for Making Your Thanksgiving Meal Healthier

Holiday meals don’t have to be a calorie fest that leave you feeling too stuffed to move. A few simple changes can give Thanksgiving a healthy makeover.

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How to Keep Your Workouts Outside When the Weather Cools

An autumn nip in the air and earlier sunsets don’t have to send your workouts indoors.

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What Happens to Your Body When You Watch a Scary Movie?

Clowns, zombies and ghosts can have physical and psychological effects on your health. See what the “boos” are doing to you!

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COVID-19 Home Cleaning Checklist

Standard cleaning practices may not be enough during the pandemic. Follow this checklist to properly disinfect your home.

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Skin Cancer Survivor Wants Others to Learn from Her Mistakes

After skin cancer surgery, one of our team members is urging others to be safe in the sun.

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Breaking Down a Simple Skincare Routine

Do you know the secret to healthy skin? Here's a simple, yet effective skin routine that works!

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Should You Buy That Supplement? What to Check Out Before You Checkout

Interested in shoring up your diet with vitamins or supplements? Here's what you should know before you fill up your cart.

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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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Basic Summer Survival Guide

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

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How to Stay Safe While Traveling this Summer

Before hitting the road or booking a flight, learn how to stay safe during your next trip.

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Using Recycled Household Items for a Home Garden

Looking to grow your own garden? These recycled household items can help you get started.

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11 Tips to Keep Your Skin Sun Safe

Summer is here and the sun is shining. So while you are enjoying the hear and daylight, you also have to protect your skin and body.

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Have No Fear: The Men’s Health Cheat Sheet is Here

Ready to take control of your health? Here’s a quick list of men’s health screenings that should be on your radar.

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6 Low-Impact Workouts for Seniors

Many seniors may find exercise intimidating or even painful. Here are six low-impact workouts to help them break a sweat, safely.

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Get Fresher Indoor Air

In the summer, opening the windows to let the fresh air in helps improve indoor air quality, but here are some steps to help you breathe easy all year-long.

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Grill Cleaning Safety Tips

Grills can get pretty dirty. Here's how to keep them clean all year long.

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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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The Differences Between Allergy and COVID-19 Symptoms

Considering the ongoing spread of the novel coronavirus, how do you know if what you’re feeling is a result of the seasons changing or the onset of COVID-19?

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How Much is Too Much When it Comes to Alcohol?

Do you have questions about your drinking habits? Read these tips from New Directions Behavioral Health to understand the signs of problem drinking behavior.

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5 Children’s Dental Problems and How to Prevent Them

Does your child have a healthy dental routine? Here's some tips on how to prevent cavities, gum disease and more.

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How to Avoid the Holiday Blues

More than half of Americans consider the holidays stressful. Here are some tips on how to navigate the season and avoid the holiday blues.

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Taking Caution with Food Allergies

Allergic reactions range from a mild skin rash to anaphylactic shock, requiring immediate medical attention.

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Q&A with a Dermatologist: Real Advice for Great Skin

Dermatologist Dr. Brittany Carter-Snell answers the most common skincare questions and offers us insight on the best practices for maintaining healthy skin.

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Kevin’s Song: Providing Support to Those Seeking Solace

Kevin’s Song is a Michigan-based organization focused on educating the community about suicide. Learn more about their efforts.

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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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COPD 101

COPD is a less-discussed disease, but this blog covers what it is, how to prevent it and how you can treat it.

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Eat Your Way to Better Skin

Skin care doesn’t have to be complex. In fact, you can easily take care of your skin by changing what you eat.

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Special Challenges Adopted Children Face

Adoption is a life-changing experience that may bring about some unique challenges for the child that manifest in a variety of ways.

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How to Prevent Your Child from Becoming a Bully

Thirty percent of school-age children admit to bullying a peer. Here's how to prevent your child from engaging in potentially damaging behavior.

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Understanding Michigan’s Newborn Screening Program

There’s a lot that comes to mind when thinking about why living in Michigan is so great, and the newborn screening process we have here should be one of them.

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Physical Therapy: Knowing When to Go

Still a little fuzzy on how physical therapy can be helpful? Read on to learn the needs for treatment, when to see a PT and the benefits of physical therapy.

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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.

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Why It’s Important to Be Honest About Your Sexual History

Sex is an uncomfortable topic but read on to see why it's important to be completely honest with your doctor.

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The Concealed Truth: What Your Makeup is Made Of

Using cosmetics to enhance appearance is extremely common across the United States. One study found 31 percent of people ages 18 to 29 wear makeup everyday.

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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.

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How Roller Coasters Affect Your Body

Roller coasters are a favorite among thrill-seekers. Learn how the loops, launches and drops affect our bodies.

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How to Avoid a Midlife Metabolism Slump

As people age, they may experience a gradual decline in their metabolism. Here are some tips on how to keep that internal furnace burning.

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My Story: Living and Coping with IBS

The author tells her story about situations that trigger her IBS and how she copes with it, in hopes to help others who also struggle with IBS.

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8 Tips for Staying Safe at the Pool

Ready to hit the pool? Here are eight ways to stay safe in or near the water.

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How to Prevent Common Desk-Related Injuries

Sitting at a desk all day can negatively affect your back, wrists and eyes. Here are some tips on how to avoid common office injuries.

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Avoiding Summertime Dehydration

Throughout summer, it’s important to keep in mind the dangers of dehydration and how to enjoy the warmer weather safely.

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How to Help Your Mental Health

Regardless of mental health history, practicing self-care on a regular basis ensures a healthy mind, body and spirit throughout life.

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Why I Regret Tanning in My Teens and 20s

There is no safe way to tan. The darker skin tone that results from time in a tanning bed or in the sun is caused by cellular damage to the skin.

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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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Rock Steady Boxing: Beating Parkinson’s to the Punch

Did you know you can fight symptoms of Parkinson's disease by boxing?

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Why Young Adults are Abandoning Alcohol

Younger Americans are drinking alcohol at lower rates than young people 10 years ago. Read about the trend and why it’s growing in popularity.

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Dreaming of a Good Night’s Sleep? You May Have Sleep Deprivation

A study by the American Sleep Association reported over 35 percent of adults are getting less than the recommended seven hours of sleep each day.

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Heart Attack Puts Life in Focus for Business Reporter

Learn about reporter Chad Livengood’s life after a heart attack at age 35, caused by a spontaneous tear to a coronary artery.

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Green Tea & Turmeric Oatmeal

This dish’s ingredients make it the perfect meal to boost your immune system and keep you healthy.

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How Early is Too Early for Braces?

Children are getting braces at a much younger age. Let’s weight the pros and cons of this recent trend.

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How to Incorporate Exercise in the Classroom

Want kids to embrace healthier habits? Encourage them to get moving with these classroom activities.

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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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Susie’s Story: Surviving a “Widowmaker” Heart Attack

February is American Heart Month. We’ve partnered with the American Heart Association to share stories of heart disease survivors and heart health ambassadors.

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What to Pack in a Winter Emergency Car Kit

Here's our list of items to keep in your car in case you run into car trouble this winter.

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Michigan Snow Day Survival Guide

Don’t be caught off guard by an unexpected snow day. Brace yourself for the worst the season has to offer by winterizing your home.

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4 Easy Steps to Stay Healthy During Holiday Travel

Flying away this holiday season to visit family or to take a break? Make sure your vacation time isn’t spent dealing with an unwelcome illness.

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How to Have a Healthy Winter

The winter months are often busy with holiday parties, travel and more. Here are some helpful tips on ways you can stay healthy throughout the season.

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Missing Pieces: For Adoptees, Health History is Unclear

Adoptees often face a murky health history. Read about one woman’s experience as an adoptee and steps you can take to track your history.

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Concussion Care: How To Know When Your Brain Needs A Break

If you’re an athlete or if you care for athletes, make sure you know the warning signs of concussions and when it’s better to be on the bench than the field.

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The Truth About the Charcoal Craze

Here are some of the reasons why charcoal may not be the next great health product.

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How to Spot and Help Someone Going Through a Mental Health Crisis

Learn about the signs that could indicate a mental health crisis and how to help.

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What You Need to Know about Microplastics

Here is the truth about microplastics and how you can make a difference.

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Contact Lenses 101

If you’re looking to get contact lenses, here’s what to expect.

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Your Head-to-Toe Food Guide

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes! Check out the best foods for each part of your body, from head to toe and everything in between.

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Natural Alternatives to Deodorant

Should you sweat what’s in your deodorant? Give natural alternatives a try.

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Behind the Wheel: Reducing Road Rage

Road rage is more common than we think, and is easily managed with the right skills. The first step in dealing with aggression on the road is recognizing the signs.

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What to Expect If You Decide to Get Allergy Shots

Allergy shots are a common procedure but how do they work and what’s the process for the injections? This blog will fill you in on the basics.

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How Multiple Concussions Have Permanently Changed my Life

When we start to take brain injury seriously, we can prevent the everlasting impact my injuries have left me with for the rest of my life.

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Staying Positive with Chronic Migraines: Nate Schreck

June is Migraine Awareness Month. Learn more about childhood migraines and what parents need to know.

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