Preventing the Flu

No More Excuses – You Need a Flu Vaccine

When flu season rolls around, out come all the excuses for why people don’t want to get the flu vaccine. Doctors and health care providers have heard them all. But the evidence is clear – the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is getting the …

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Parenting in the Digital Age

Internet Use May Put Teens at Risk for High Blood Pressure

In an era when many teens seem to be constantly connected to their mobile devices or laptops, parents already worried about Internet use may have new reason for concern. Teens who spend hours on the Internet may be at risk for high blood pressure, say researchers at Henry Ford Hospital …

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Combatting Flu Season

The Flu Shot 4-1-1

Flu season is upon us, and getting a flu vaccine each year is the best way to prevent the flu. That’s why it’s so important to be informed about the flu shot. Here are some common questions answered: Who should be vaccinated? All people 6 months of age and older …

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Family Wellness

Create a Healthy Back-to-School Routine

After a summer of sun, fun, family festivities and outdoor activities, getting back into the school groove can be tricky. Kids and adults alike may struggle with starting a new routine, particularly one that involves keeping everyone in the family healthy, fit and strong — not to mention up and …

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Healthy Back-to-School Tips

Prevent Backpack Back Pain This School Year

With kids heading back to school, sporting the perfect trend-setting backpack to haul tablets, iPhones, laptops and, of course, heavy textbooks is one of their key concerns. While carrying a backpack makes lugging gear easier, a poorly designed pack (or an improperly worn one) can strain your child’s back. Over …

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Safe Sleep for Infants

Sleep Position Is Important for Baby’s Health

Did you know that an average of 140 babies die each year in Michigan due to unsafe sleep practices known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)? It is a tragedy when any baby dies, especially of SIDS. Researchers have learned that a segment of these SIDS deaths are, in fact, …

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Heart Smart® Recipe

Healthy On-the-Go Snack Recipe

Busy professionals looking for a quick nibble before a long meeting. Parents shuttling kids between school and activities. Travelers not wanting to give in to fast-food temptation. Campers or hikers needing a quick energy fix. College students up late at night studying. In today’s hectic world, who doesn’t need portable, …

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Raising Healthy Kids

Explaining The Birds & The Bees in the Digital Age

There are few things that will make you squirm as much as talking to your kids about sex. “The Talk,” as it’s often called, usually involves more than its fair share of blush-worthy moments. But long gone are the days of your parents’ awkward speech about the birds and bees. …

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Raising Healthy Kids

Talking To Kids About Weight & Body Image In The Digital Age

Talking to your kids about weight and body image is hard enough. Now add the information they’re constantly bombarded with every day online, on television and on social media – and your job just got a lot tougher. But for all the complications the digital age presents in having these …

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Preventing Emergencies

Swim Safely: Tips for Being Smart in the Water

For many, summer in Michigan means cooling off in the water. Whether it’s a pool, the lake, or a river, all three have lurking dangers that can turn a fun day into tragedy in a matter of seconds. What’s worse, many drownings occur without any obvious signs of distress, making …

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