Get Your Flu Shot! Flu Schedule 11/24/21-12/09/21

Prepare for the upcoming flu season by receiving your flu vaccines. Flu season is unpredictable, and with COVID-19 still spreading, it is more important than ever to protect you and your family against influenza by getting an annual flu shot

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 11.22.21

This Monday, in honor of Thanksgiving, remind yourself of all the wonderful people in your life by making a gratitude list; get some exercise while giving back by joining a charity walk or volunteering to deliver food or distribute gifts; and introduce your extended family to some plant-based dishes with our recipe roundup of vegetarian spins on classic Thanksgiving fare. 

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FALLING FOR HEALTH: Cooking with Fall Flavors

Who doesn't love a cozy, home-cooked meal? Did you know that cooking at home provides numerous benefits to your health? There is no better time to cook a meal at home for yourself and your loved ones than this fall season! Continue reading to learn about the advantages of cooking at home and the seasonal produce available in Michigan this fall.

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Get Your Flu Shot! Flu Schedule 11/17/21-12/02/21

Prepare for the upcoming flu season by receiving your flu vaccines. Flu season is unpredictable, and with COVID-19 still spreading, it is more important than ever to protect you and your family against influenza by getting an annual flu shot

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Lung Cancer & COPD Awareness Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States and cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer. Lung cancer is also the second most diagnosed cancer in both men and women and roughly 80 to 90 percent of lung cancer deaths is linked to cigarette smoking.

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 11.15.21

The combination of chilly weather, tempting treats, indulgent meals, and stressful social gatherings makes the holiday season an especially difficult time to stay committed to wellness goals. That’s why—from November to January—it’s important to carve out some time for healthy habits and self-care.

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The Great American Smokeout 2021

Quitting smoking is not an easy task. It takes time, a plan, and for most people does not occur in one day. Tobacco products are highly addictive, and most tobacco users make several quit attempts before they are successful.

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Get Your Flu Shot! Flu Schedule 11/08/21-11/19/21

Prepare for the upcoming flu season by receiving your flu vaccines. Flu season is unpredictable, and with COVID-19 still spreading, it is more important than ever to protect you and your family against influenza by getting an annual flu shot

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 11.08.21

Cities and communities across the country are looking for innovative ways to protect the environment and the health of their constituents. And today many are looking to food as a way to encourage positive behavior change and meet their health and sustainability goals. What we eat is critical to maintain our individual health and wellbeing, but our food choices can also play an important role in preserving the health of the planet.

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 11.02.21

During a hectic day, it’s important to take a moment to collect your thoughts and relax. And for many stressful situations, a minute of calm is all that’s required to completely shift your perspective from the negative to the positive. By taking just sixty seconds to unwind, you can find the energy and mental clarity to get through those daily challenges.

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FALLING FOR HEALTH: Maintaining Physical Activity this Autumn

As the weather cools down, it can be difficult to keep yourself and your loved ones active. It might be too cold for outdoor activities, and getting a gym membership isn't always possible. Don't worry- we've got you covered. There are so many fun ways to keep the whole family moving this fall!

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OCTOBER IS INFANT SAFE SLEEP AND SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH

While the month of October is almost over, it is still important for Infant Safe Sleep and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) to be talked about all throughout the year. Both observances highlight the importance of safe sleep practices and preventing unnecessary sleep-related deaths in infants.

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 10.25.21

Being physically active comes with many health benefits, but regular exercise—whether yoga, aerobics, stretching, or tai chi—can also help lower your stress levels and improve your mood. Both high- and low-intensity workouts offer physiological benefits by triggering a series of chemicals events that help improve brain function and manage emotions.

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NATIONAL LEAD POISONING PREVENTION WEEK
OCTOBER 24-30, 2021

Lead is a toxic metal that can be found inside and outside of homes. The most common sources of lead exposure for adults and children are lead-based paint, lead contaminated dust, soil around the home, and drinking water that travels through lead pipes.

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Get Your Flu Shot! Flu Schedule 10/24/21-10/30/21

Prepare for the upcoming flu season by receiving your flu vaccines. Flu season is unpredictable, and with COVID-19 still spreading, it is more important than ever to protect you and your family against influenza by getting an annual flu shot

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MiThrive launches 2021 Community Survey

Health is most thought of to start in the doctor’s office, but it truly starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities.

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Get Your Flu Shot!Flu Schedule 10/18/21-10/23/21

Prepare for the upcoming flu season by receiving your flu vaccines. Flu season is unpredictable, and with COVID-19 still spreading, it is more important than ever to protect you and your family against influenza by getting an annual flu shot

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 10.18.21

We’re all familiar with beans, whether they’re canned or dried, black or white, whipped into dips or stewed into chilis. But because beans are such humble ingredients, it’s easy to forget how amazing they really are. Beans are nutritious, sustainable, and inexpensive, making them one of the most cost-effective sources of protein available on the planet. When it comes to eating less meat and more plants, we should all pay more attention to beans.

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Global Handwashing Day-October 15

If you give a hand soapy water, it’s clean for a day. Teach that hand to wash itself, it’s clean for a lifetime. On October 15, join District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) in celebrating Global Handwashing Day, a day highlighting the importance of regularly washing your hands with soap and water.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Be aware of your personal risk factors for the disease, schedule yourself for regular breast cancer screenings, and if eligible enroll in the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Navigation Program (BC3NP).

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Get Your Flu Shot!
Flu Schedule 10/10/21-10/23/21

Prepare for the upcoming flu season by receiving your flu vaccines. Flu season is unpredictable, and with COVID-19 still spreading, it is more important than ever to protect you and your family against influenza by getting an annual flu shot

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 10.11.21

A proper night’s sleep allows the body and mind to recharge. When you fail to get the recommended hours of nightly shut eye, you’re at a greater risk of suffering from stress and burnout. Given its importance, everyone should know the best ways to get a restful night’s sleep.

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Dental Hygiene Month

October is National Dental Hygiene Month and DHD#10 is recognizing the work Dental Hygienists do to instill good oral practices in patients across the country.

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FALLING FOR HEALTH:
The beginning of fall or flu season?

Pumpkins, apple cider, and football, oh my! For many, fall is the start of a warm and cozy season. Unfortunately, the beginning of fall also marks the start of flu season. 

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GET YOUR FLU SHOT!
Week of 10/03/21-10/09/21

Prepare for the upcoming flu season by receiving your flu vaccines. Flu season is unpredictable, and with COVID-19 still spreading, it is more important than ever to protect you and your family against influenza by getting an annual flu shot

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 10.04.21

Exercising as a family is a whole lot more fun than doing it alone. Loved ones offer the strength and support necessary to help people reach their health and wellness goals. And a lot of physical activities can be performed by individuals of all ages and ability levels—meaning moms, dads, kids, and even grandparents can exercise together.

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QUIT TOBACCO ON WORLD HEART DAY

The last year and a half has been unlike any other. However, what has stayed the same is the fact that tobacco remains the number one preventable cause of death and disease in the United States.

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 9.27.21

Exercise is important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but regular physical activity—whether it’s dance, running, tennis, or yoga—can also help you maintain a positive state-of-mind. When you move around, you can better regulate your mood, reduce stress levels, and even improve your cognitive functioning.

DO YOUR PART TO PROTECT MILLIONS OF HEARTS

As the world continues the fight against COVID-19, individuals with heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, diabetes, and hypertension are greatly aware of the threat COVID-19 has on their lives. People with these conditions are at a higher risk for developing severe illness when affected by COVID-19 and influenza (flu).

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 9.20.21

It’s hard to imagine but nearly all the food in our local supermarket was, at one point in time, planted (or raised), harvested, processed, packaged, and transported. And what often goes undiscussed is how all of these different processes affect the health of the environment. Some foods have a bigger environmental impact, like livestock and other animal products, while other ingredients, like fruits, vegetables, legumes, and cereal grains, are more environmentally sustainable.

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SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH

Millions of Americans experience a mental health or substance use disorder and feel isolated and alone, a feeling that has been heightened since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 9.13.21

Being physically active is an important step to improving one’s overall health and wellness, but before you start that first set you must prepare yourself to ease into exercise. Learning proper form and starting slow allows you to target the correct muscles and reap all of the benefits of exercise while reducing the risk of injury.

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 9.06.21

A strong immune system can help a person ward off disease and stay healthy. Eating a variety of different plant-based foods provides the immune system with the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it needs to function properly and effectively. But which foods give it the biggest boost?

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September is National Preparedness Month

Everyone should have emergency plans in place and supplies stocked to care for their families for at least 72 hours, but ideally two weeks. As we saw this past month, many residents in Michigan went without power for several days because of summer storms. That is a prime example of why preparing for disasters in advance is so important.

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 8.30.21

For centuries, cultures all over the world have used deep breathing as a way to reduce tension of both the body and the mind. Deep breathing sends a message to the brain to relax, and when this signal from the brain is forwarded to the rest of the body, the negative symptoms of stress—increased heart rate, rapid breaths, high blood pressure—are replaced with a sense of calm.

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August is National Breastfeeding Month

Evidence shows that breastfeeding promotes social-emotional development, provides benefits to the entire family, and is associated with lifelong maternal and infant health and development.

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 8.23.21

Being physically active is one of the most important actions a person can take to improve their health. Evidence shows that physical activity is associated with a range of immediate and long-term benefits, including better sleep and mood, healthier weight, and lower risk of chronic disease. However, between work, school, errands, and family, it can be difficult to find opportunities to get in a workout.

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 8.16.21

Research shows that shifting to a plant-based diet is a low-cost way to help individuals manage weight, lower blood pressure, and reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. But communicating information related to the health benefits of a planet-based diet isn’t always easy.

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SUMMER CELEBRATION SERIES: AUGUST

With summer coming to an end, August is a great time to check in with yourself and others. After a bustling summer, it is important to be mindful of your feelings and the feelings of others, as so much could have occurred over the past few months. August 30th is National Grief Awareness Day, so be sure to take extra time this month to focus on your emotional well-being.

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Stay up to date on immunizations during National Immunization Awareness Month

Across the country, August is celebrated as National Immunization Awareness Month. With the return to school quickly approaching, you have the power to protect yourself, your family, and the community from serious disease by choosing to receive and stay up to date on immunizations.

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 8.09.21

With so many alerts, messages, and notifications competing for our attention, it’s harder than ever to just…be. That’s why it’s so important to make time to be mindful. By simply concentrating on the feelings and sensations around you, it’s possible to achieve a state of calm that’s absent of self-judgment.

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SUMMER CELEBRATION SERIES: AUGUST

As August rolls around, children prepare to return to school, the weather is as warm as ever, and the last month of summer is underway. Along with these happenings, August is also observed as National Immunization Awareness Month! This observance was created to promote vaccinations and emphasize the importance of getting vaccinated.

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 8.02.21

Staying physically active is one of the best things you can do for your health, but in order to work out safely and effectively, you need to do a little preparation.

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 7.26.21

A strong diet is the foundation of good health, and research shows that reducing your consumption of animal products is a simple way to lower your risk of certain diseases and help you maintain a healthy weight. But a common concern of people looking to eat less meat is: Am I getting the proper amount of protein?

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SUMMER CELEBRATION SERIES: JULY

July marks an important month, but not just because of Independence Day. July is also home to World Hepatitis Day. The entire globe recognizes June 28th as World Hepatitis Day!

#HealthyMondayRefresh 7.19.21

When you’re feeling optimistic, everything seems to fall into place. That’s because positivity perpetuates positivity. If your mind is focused on joy, empathy, and contentment, these feelings will manifest themselves in other aspects of your life like your job, family, and friendships.

But how does one practice positivity?

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 7.12.21

Walking is the easiest way to get physically active. And although you may not always work up a sweat, a weekly walking routine can help you stay healthy and put you on the path to reaching your fitness and exercise goals. By walking only 30 minutes a day, five days a week, you can improve your heart and lung health, prevent arthritis-related joint pain, reduce stress and anxiety, and maintain a healthy weight.

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 7.05.21

Eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but it can also be a major frustration. On the one hand, we want to eat foods that make us feel strong and healthy and energized, but on the other hand, we crave meals that are exciting and comforting and flavorful.

But you can have it all.

SUMMER CELEBRATION SERIES: JULY

When you think of the month of July, most likely fireworks, popsicles, and pool parties come to mind. Throughout the month of July, the sun is usually shining bright and outdoor activities are at their peak. July is the perfect time to focus on sun safety. In fact, July 3rd is National Stay Out of the Sun Day! 

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JULY IS UV SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH

For many Michigan residents, the sunshine and warmth of summer is a welcome change. With that said, District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) wants individuals to protect your skin and eyes from the damaging effects of the sun.

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 6.30.21

At times our ambitious health goals can feel overwhelming and out of reach. But success and satisfaction are never instantaneous. Progress is gradual, and it requires a combination of time, commitment, and repetition. But another necessary component for positive behavior change is creating a strong and sturdy foundation

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JUNE 27 IS NATIONL HIV TESTING DAY

In Michigan, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are on the rise, and Human Immunodeficient Virus (HIV) continues to circulate and be a risk to those within District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) jurisdiction.

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 6.21.21

Today is the first Healthy Monday of summer, and what better way to start the new season than with a recommitment to your healthy habits. So let’s kiss the cold goodbye and prepare for beaches, cookouts, and a long-awaited summer vacation. 

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SUMMER CELEBRATION SERIES: JUNE

Celebrate National Hydration Day, June 23 by keeping yourself hydrated! Swap out a sugary dink or an energy drink for water. There are plenty of low-cost water bottles on the market to encourage you to stay hydrated. If a stylish, eco-friendly reusable water bottle will encourage you to drink more water, treat yourself to a water bottle on National Hydration Day!

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June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month:

Celebrating National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month can be as easy as adding more fruits and vegetables to your meals! Take this month to try a new fruit or vegetable if you are feeling ambitious. A trip to your local Michigan farmers market is another excellent way to take part in the festivities. Check out the resources section on the left for more information and to look for a farmers market located near you!

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June is National Men's Health Month

It's not always easy to prioritize one’s health, especially during a pandemic. National Men’s Health Month in June serves as a reminder for men and boys to pause, make their health a priority, and take action to care for themselves. It is extremely important for all men, especially those with underlying health conditions, to take care of their health now.

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Be wary of Hepatitis A while traveling this summer

Millions of Americans are currently living with viral hepatitis, and many do not know they are infected because they have not visited their local health care provider recently due to COVID-19.

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Take steps to prepare for an overabundant tick season

Areas across Michigan, including Northern Michigan, are seeing an explosion of tick activity this year. As the weather becomes nicer and people head outdoors to enjoy nature everyone should exercise proper precautions to prevent human-tick interactions

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 6.14.21

There’s an ancient technique that humankind has been using for millennia to help boost energy levels, improve mood, and strengthen the body’s defenses against disease—it’s called a good night’s sleep. Yes, crawling under the covers and heading to dreamland is a crucial element to living a healthy life. Unfortunately, about 30% of Americans suffer from sleep deprivation and many of them don’t even know it.

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 6.07.21

There’s comfort in routine, but every so often it’s worthwhile to push beyond what we expect of ourselves. Otherwise, how will we ever realize our potential?

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 5.31.2021

The mind-body connection is an important one, serving to bring balance to both our physical health and mental wellbeing. It’s a two-way street, when we feel good, we are more likely to take care of ourselves; and when we take care of ourselves, we tend to feel better. Therefore, by focusing on either your mind or body, you can positively influence the other.

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 5.24.2021

Whether we’re finding the silver lining, seeing the glass half full, or turning lemons into lemonade, it’s always a wise choice to look for the good within the bad. Sure, it’s easier said than done, but by being compassionate, appreciative, and empathetic, you’ll be better equipped to turn any negative situation into a positive one.

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 5.17.2021

Throughout the day we find ourselves quickly moving from one thing to the next. Whether it’s work, errands, chores, or text messages, our external obligations distract us from the beauty of the present moment. Sometimes we need a minute to stop, think, and just be.

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 5.10.2021

We all want to eat better, move more, and stress less, but it’s easy for these noble aspirations to be swept aside by the distractions of day-to-day living. At The Monday Campaigns, we believe the key to staying committed to healthy behaviors is to periodically reacquaint ourselves with foundational information and techniques that contribute to a positive, joyous, and satisfied state of being.

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#HealthyMondayRefresh 5.03.2021

It’s finally starting to feel like spring; and as the flowers begin to bloom and the branches start to blossom, we are reminded that life continues to progress forward, despite appearing to be stalled in the past. Normalcy is on the cusp of return, and soon many of us will be reunited with the people and pastimes that, before the pandemic, brought us so much joy and self-fulfillment.

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Smoothie Stars

Smoothie Stars is a blog series that will be introducing 2-3 new “themed” smoothies every month! Smoothies range in a variety of flavors, ingredients, colors and calories. They can be quick & easy to make and great for busy days when you’re on the go. The nutritional facts for each smoothie will be provided and you’ll see that some smoothies are more suited as snacks; some are better off as meals.

MSU-Extension Cooking Demonstrations

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Michigan State University has developed four Chef Instruction Videos that feature step by step preparation of Dining with Diabetes recipes from the curriculum.

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