Summer Sips: Stay healthy, stay hydrated

Summer Sips: Stay healthy, stay hydrated

Kids don’t cool down as quickly as adults. Their body temperature rises more quickly, and doesn’t come down as fast, so it’s important for parents to provide plenty of opportunities to “chill” during the hot summer days ahead. Seniors are also at risk. In addition to drinking plenty of water, frozen fruits provide a great […]

Take mom on an outdoor adventure this weekend

Take mom on an outdoor adventure this weekend

Moms do so much for families, and Mother’s Day is a great time to recognize her many efforts by spending the day together. This weekend, there’s a lot of entertaining activities for Mom, and to do with Mom, in and around Flint. There is geocaching, bird walks and butterfly fun to be had. Take a few pics […]

Eligible Flint families can get free, nutritious food at mobile pantry in April

Eligible Flint families can get free, nutritious food at mobile pantry in April

You are what you eat – and getting the right foods in your body and those of your family can protect against lead absorption. The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are sponsoring free mobile food pantry stops to distribute foods rich in calcium, vitamin C […]

It’s easy to help prevent child abuse while filing Michigan tax returns

It’s easy to help prevent child abuse while filing Michigan tax returns

Every day in Michigan, there are more than 375 reports of child abuse and neglect. The worst part? The majority of child abuse and neglect cases stem from situations and conditions that are entirely preventable in an engaged and supportive community. For example, a community that cares about early childhood development, parent support and mental […]

Tahir Whitehead avatar helps kids get healthy

Tahir Whitehead avatar helps kids get healthy

Getting a kid to make healthy choices can be like pulling teeth, but making it part of a game can turn them on the right habits. The game, called Tahir’s Playbook, is both computer and mobile device based and uses an idea called gamification, where education is pushed through fun activities, to get kids interested […]

Milk Matters: Dairy sensitivity doesn’t always require total avoidance

Milk Matters: Dairy sensitivity doesn’t always require total avoidance

What’s a hot summer without the occasional ice cream cone? Or a morning bowl of cereal and sliced fruit, floating in… nothing? “Torture!” might be the response from many, but to the sizable population of lactose intolerant food consumers in Michigan life without dairy is often reality. Lactose present in milk-based products including cheese, many […]

More kids are paying attention in class, getting better grades, making healthier food choices and amping up activity levels thanks to Building Healthy Communities

More kids are paying attention in class, getting better grades, making healthier food choices and amping up activity levels thanks to Building Healthy Communities

Kids go off to school almost every day to learn reading, math, science and more. Now with the help Building Healthy Communities, they can also learn how to be a healthier person. For the ninth year, elementary schoolers can fight childhood obesity and get healthier with common sense solutions with the school-based wellness program’s help. […]

Moving Forward: A PE teacher’s perspective on how BHC is making a difference

Moving Forward: A PE teacher’s perspective on how BHC is making a difference

The kids can hardly contain their excitement. It’s PE (physical education) time. They’re waiting for the “big” signal. “Baba” Eric Hoffman the PE teacher calls out the words Army, Air Force, or Navy. The kids have to run to each line correctly. Go to the wrong line and they’re out. It’s a warm-up game designed […]

Fit Fusion teaches students that regular physical activity can be fun

Fit Fusion teaches students that regular physical activity can be fun

The classrooms at Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology have emptied. Nine girls, different shades and sizes, march in single file down the hall, led by Zeina Carla Washington, AKA “Mama Zeina,” who power walks. Washington, who is the family service worker at the school, throws a comment over her shoulder if another teacher asks […]