Health Blog

Understanding Health Literacy

Are you confident you can compare premiums and deductibles to find the best health insurance plan for you and your family? Can you use a nutrition label to calculate how many grams of sugar are in a bowl of your breakfast cereal? Are you able to locate the medical services you need, when you need Read More

Protect Our Species: Earth Day 2019

Earth Day is approaching and presents an opportunity to celebrate nature and show it some much needed love by participating in environmental action. As many of us may be busy on April 22, here are a few options for environmental action during downtime or on breaks throughout the day. Energy conservation: Be mindful to turn Read More

Is your Home Poison Safe?

National Poison Prevention Week is observed in the United States the third week of March every year. Over half of the 2.4 million cases of poisonings reported to poison control centers each year involve children less than 5 years of age. To help keep your little ones safe, please check out these tips below: Put Read More

Bite into a Healthier Lifestyle this National Nutrition Month

The month of March means it is time for another celebration of National Nutrition Month! This annual campaign was created by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help inspire people to learn how to make healthier lifestyle choices and reduce chronic disease. The idea focuses on the importance of improving lifestyle eating and exercise Read More

The Words We Use

The way we speak often impacts the way we feel and changes the lenses in which we see the world. One area in which this has impacted those suffering from substance use disorders are common terms I hear of being either clean or dirty to describe one’s using status. These terms are used widely to Read More

Good Night, Sweetheart

Anyone who has ever had a bad habit to break knows that life would have been easier if they had never started the habit in the first place. Bad sleep habits in young children can cause fatigue for the care givers along with irritability and learning difficulties for the child. The following are tips for Read More

Diabetes and Your Mouth

Q: Does diabetes really affect my teeth? A: If you are one of the nearly 30 million people living in the U.S. with diabetes, you have special oral health needs. As a dentist practicing in Grand Rapids, I see first-hand how diabetes affects the mouth. It can lead to gingivitis, an early stage of gum Read More

Mammograms Can Help Save Lives

Nearly 40,000 women die each year from breast cancer. As we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, it can’t be stressed enough that mammograms can help save lives. Health care experts say the best way to survive cancer is to find it early, when it is most easily treated. Knowing the basic facts about mammograms Read More

How to Stay Healthy During Flu Season

Are you one of many people missing out on fall activities because of cold or flu symptoms such as a stuffy or runny nose, cough and tiredness? When do you ‘push through the pain,’ and when do give up and get help? Both the common cold and flu are caused by a virus, not bacteria, Read More

3 Activities to Keep Kids Active this Fall

Did you know about 1 in 5 children in the United States has obesity? Children who are overweight are more likely to have serious health problems. Our goal as health care providers and team members is to encourage children to be more physical active and maintain a healthy weight. One way to help prevent obesity Read More