Community Foundation of Greater Flint elevates dynamic leader

Community Foundation of Greater Flint elevates dynamic leader

Isaiah M. Oliver, a longtime staple at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, has long talked about pursuing “work that matters, that is purposeful and aligns with my core values.” Now, Oliver will have a significant opportunity to show that passion for Flint and its residents through his new role as the President and Chief […]

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 […]

Kettering University and its students take a hands-on role in moving Flint forward

Kettering University and its students take a hands-on role in moving Flint forward

Kettering University and its students are problem-solvers. The institution, founded in 1919 as General Motors Institute, believes in real-world, hands on cooperative education. That philosophy goes beyond the classroom and its co-op programs and extends into its home city, Flint. Over the past few years, Kettering students, parents and faculty have lent their time, talents […]

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 […]

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. […]

Boot Up! HAP launches Boots for Kids program

Boot Up! HAP launches Boots for Kids program

A child’s foot plunges into the icy water of a Michigan winter’s puddle and is hit with a shock of bitter cold with no boot protects them. For too many kids this is reality. The Health Alliance Plan’s (HAP) Boots for Kids collection is dedicated to making that a thing of the past for kids […]

Super Foods: Kid-friendly foods and tips for lead protection

Super Foods: Kid-friendly foods and tips for lead protection

Eating right: No matter how good our eating habits are, there are always things we can do better. Getting the right amount of food at the right times is important in every household, but particularly to those Flint households impacted by exposure to lead in the city’s municipal water supply. Infants’ and children’s tummies are […]

Expert Advice: Parents can help limit lead absorbtion

Expert Advice: Parents can help limit lead absorbtion

Parents can do things right now to limit the absorption of lead in their children’s bodies. First, serving regular meals and plenty of snacks to help keep their stomachs full plays a big role in helping to limit lead absorption. Pediatricians like Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, MSU’s and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative director, […]

Milk Up: Kid-friendly foods and tips for lead protection

Milk Up: Kid-friendly foods and tips for lead protection

  Kids need plenty of calcium. If your children have been exposed to lead, getting the right amount of calcium each day matters. Why? Infants’ and children’s bodies absorb lead more quickly than adults. Calcium, vitamin C and iron act like a shield of sorts and help limit the absorption of lead in their bodies. […]