I’m hearing the term mindfulness being used a lot lately. I sometimes feel funny when contemplating meditating. Is there a way of being practicing mindfulness without meditating?

Mindfulness and meditation overlap in some ways that compliment each other. Meditation involves a variety of techniques that attempts to help one in reaching ultimate consciousness and concentration. When meditating, you are purposely setting time aside to do something good to yourself, usually in a controlled environment. Mindfulness, in turn, is a form of meditation Read More

I am the parent of a 16 year old daughter, and lately she has been acting extremely different. She has been staying in her room all the time, ignoring most of us in the house, and when I try to talk to her, she will just snap at me and we end up arguing. I try to make her get out and do things, and tell her she has no reason to be so angry because she has such a great family and life. I don’t know why she’s acting like this, and I have no idea how to help her. What should I do?

It can be very challenging and frustrating at times to be the parent of a teenager. They are usually struggling with multiple concerns, such as highly evolving emotions, relationships with friends, schoolwork, and self-esteem. As adults, problems that teenagers have may not seem like a big deal, but to the teen, these issues can feel Read More

My husband doesn’t let me know about our financial situation. I’ve asked and asked, but he keeps dodging me and giving me evasive answers. How do I change this?

Michelle, I’m glad that you’re interested in the family’s financial situation. Each partner should have equal knowledge and access to the family’s finances. The underlying issue is a fairly common one and it is control. My guess would be that this is not the only area in the relationship where your husband exercises control and Read More

Partnering to Increase Access to Primary Care

Health Resources and Services Administration — Cherry Street Health Services (Cherry Street) is a HRSA-supported health center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that provides comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services to those with limited access to health care. To increase patient access to primary health care services in the community, Cherry Street partnered with Community Read More

Year 2 of Health Insurance Marketplace: Cherry Health holds kickoff event

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (MLive) — To kick off the start of the second year of open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace, Cherry Health is holding an event with prize drawings, food, giveaways – and enrollment assistance. The free event will be 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Heart of the City Read More

Five things to know about Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment this year

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (MLive) — Don’t procrastinate. That’s the advice health officials give for anyone interested in signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act for 2015. Open enrollment begins Saturday, Nov. 15. Although bugs in the federal government’s website caused delays last year, many consumers didn’t do themselves any favors by waiting until Read More

Health care provider changes name to Cherry Health

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) – Grand Rapids is home to many health care agencies, including one that plays an important role in making sure the under-insured and those without insurance get the health care they deserve. To reflect the fact they are the largest federally-qualified health center in the state, Cherry Street Health Services is Read More

Cherry Health assists with healthcare open enrollment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — People will have a lot more options for healthcare insurance when open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act begins this week. Starting Monday, a preview of insurance plans and prices will be available on although open enrollment doesn’t start until November 15. Over the summer updates were made on to Read More

Milestone moment: Cherry Street Health Services gets new name, reflects its reach

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (MLive) — Since Cherry Street Health Services set up shop with a single clinic in Southeast Grand Rapids in 1988, it has expanded into an operation that serves 60,000 people in four West Michigan counties. It’s come a long way from Cherry Street. That’s why the organization has changed its name to Cherry Health, Read More