Health Blog

Eat for Eye Health!

There are several nutrients that can strengthen vision and improve eye health.  Before running out to the pharmacy, it should be noted that for some people high-dose supplements can actually be harmful. These vitamins and nutrients are most beneficial when consumed as part of a healthy diet. To promote eye health, here’s what to look Read More

Alcohol Use During a Pandemic

As of March 10th, 2021, we have officially reached the one-year mark in the State of Michigan since the first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed. The global pandemic has had drastic impacts on daily life, how people function, and how people handle stress. Many of us have seen the headlines in the news around a Read More

EatPlayGrow

Our diet and the food choices we make play an important role in our health now and in the future. You might know that the choices we make can impact the likelihood of developing diseases such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, but did you know that food choices also affect cognitive skills, behavior, and Read More

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

In 2019, 33,060 children were abused or neglected in Michigan, totaling 91 children each day. It is estimated that 63 of Michigan children died from abuse or neglect. (1) Children ages 4 and younger are at higher risk for abuse or neglect. Children with special needs, such as behavioral health issues or chronic physical diagnoses Read More

Reach Out and Read

Much like Roald Dahl’s beloved character Matilda, books were my world as a young child. Growing up in the 1990’s, when the Internet was in its infancy, school book fairs were just about the most exciting thing I could imagine. I learned to read ahead of kindergarten from my mom reading me classics like Dr. Seuss’s Read More

Good Sleep for Good Health

Sleep is crucial for good health, yet many people find a night of good sleep hard to come by.  Experts recommend adults strive for 7 – 8 hours of sleep every night, however 38% – 44.1% of adults in Michigan get less than 7 hours of sleep according to the CDC.  Both quantity and quality Read More

March is Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a time to reflect on the contributions of women to American history, culture, and society. Women’s History Month originated in 1978 when a group in California planned a week-long event that coincided with International Women’s Day, which occurs on March 8th. News of the celebration spread across the country and Read More

Recognizing the Legacy of Medical Racism – Black History in Medicine

Black History Month is about remembrance. Remembering can take many forms, and perhaps you have observed BHM through a variety of ways like reading Black authors or supporting Black-owned businesses. Our last blog was a celebration of Black history as we remembered and honored Black scientists and health care workers who have revolutionized the field Read More

Black History in Medicine

February is Black History Month, a time where we intentionally recognize the importance of Black lives and stories to our communities and nation; remember the realities of past and present systems of oppression; and re-commit ourselves to the justice work that remains. Founded as a part of the 1960s Civil Rights movement (1), community health Read More

Birth Defects Prevention

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month and a great time to learn how we can prevent or prepare for birth defects. According to the CDC, birth defects occur in roughly 1 in 33 infants born in the United States each year. Not all birth defects can be prevented, however, there are steps a woman Read More