Risk of contracting Hepatitis A through casual contact is rising, vaccines available

Risk of contracting Hepatitis A through casual contact is rising, vaccines available

More Michigan residents are at risk of contracting hepatitis, particularly Hepatitis A, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services which just released its annual Viral Hepatitis Surveillance Report on Hepatitis B and C.   Vaccines are available and residents are urged to get them to help protect against Hepatitis A and B. The infection […]

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 […]

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