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 […]

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 […]

On The Road To Better Health: How one parent is working to build healthier habits at school and at home

On The Road To Better Health: How one parent is working to build healthier habits at school and at home

LaTasha Flake (“Mama LaTasha”) always serves you with an infectious smile. It’s her way, really. A bubble of energy, care, attention and fun. As a morning and afternoon bus monitor, she helps make sure students at Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology are getting healthier choices in their meals. When it was announced Timbuktu would […]

Try it Tuesdays: How schools are helping our kids develop healthier habits

Try it Tuesdays: How schools are helping our kids develop healthier habits

Anita Vasudevan gives lessons on pomegranates or teaches third graders at Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology in Detroit how to make sushi. It’s all part of “Try it Tuesday,” a monthly opportunity for students to sample healthy foods. So far, they’ve tasted pomegranates and sushi, hence the lessons. Vasudevan, a FoodCorps service member, serves […]

A Better Weigh: MDHHS Dir. Nick Lyon promots efforts to build healthy communities

A Better Weigh: MDHHS Dir. Nick Lyon promots efforts to build healthy communities

Improving Michigan’s health is a top priority for Governor Rick Snyder, which is why he created the Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 plan. The plan lays out strategies for reducing obesity and improving health and wellness. As director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, I am proud to partner with […]