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#HealthyMondayRefresh 6.29.2020

Being able to adapt and adjust will serve you well in uncertain situations. Life is far from predicable, so it’s best to always be prepared for a pivot. This week we are exploring what it means to be flexible — in both body and mind. Use yoga and meditation to strengthen your emotional adaptability and to help repurpose negative or unpleasant emotions into motivating forces for good; improve your range of motion and reduce your risk of injury by incorporating some simple stretches into your physical activity routine; and when it comes to meal time, expand the definition of what foods can be served when with our list of plant-based breakfast foods that deserve a place on your dinner table. Th

National HIV Testing Day

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, a day to get the facts, get tested, and get involved! This year, an emphasis is being placed on the power of “Knowing.” Knowing your HIV status, knowing your risk, knowing your prevention options, and knowing your treatment options. The only true way for someone to know whether they have HIV is to be tested. According to the CDC, about 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and 1 in 7 people did not know they had it. For people with undiagnosed HIV, testing is the first step to maintaining a healthy life and reducing the spread of HIV. • People who test negative have more prevention tools available for them today than ever before. •

Kids and Fruit Juice

Do you know how much fruit juice your kids should have?: For children ages one to three years old: Limit fruit juice consumption to no more than 4 ounces each day. For children ages four to six years of age: Limit fruit juice consumption to 4 to 6 ounces each day. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/nutrition/Pages/Where-We-Stand-Fruit-Juice.aspx

#HealthyMondayRefresh 6.22.2020

Achieving harmony of mind, body, and spirit brings stability to our lives. But managing each of these three elements requires special attention. This week, we will focus on ways to help establish and maintain balance. Use mindfulness and meditation practices like deep breathing, yoga, and tai chi to attain better awareness of yourself and your surroundings; focus on improving body control with exercises that you can do from the comfort of your home or apartment; and bring balance to your plant-based cooking by adding these umami-rich ingredients to your culinary repertoire. Take this Monday as an opportunity to find your inner equilibrium. 1. Achieving 'Work Life Balance' 2. Better your body

Brush Up on Oral Health

Look up this issue of Brush Up on Oral Health, information for parents about sugar and children’s oral health can be found here.

Introducing 'The Tick App'

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Columbia University, thanks to funding from the Center for Disease Control and Infection, have announced the development of ‘The Tick App’. The Tick App is a smartphone application that allows individuals to report ticks in their area as well as share tick experiences with researchers. This information allows researchers to better understand the practices and activities that impact exposure and risk for tick-borne diseases. The app also includes tick identification information, suggested ways to prevent tick exposure and allows for tick photo submission for identification by an expert. The Tick App can be downloaded on GooglePlay or iTun

A call for Michiganders to complete the State Health Assessment Survey

Have you ever found yourself wanting to give input on how or what could make your community a healthier place to live? Where individuals live, and their personal experiences, can affect health and wellness. That is why ALL Michiganders are encouraged to complete the State of Michigan’s State Health Assessment (SHA) Survey. The purpose of the SHA Survey is to capture resident feedback identifying the greatest health needs that currently exist in the state. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and only runs through June 30th, so please take the opportunity to share your thoughts before the window for resident feedback closes. For more information about the State Health Assessmen

Grayling Elementary earns Silver School Wellness Award

Recently, Grayling Elementary School (GES) was awarded the Silver School Wellness Award (SWA), an award that recognizes significant policy and environmental improvements related to healthy eating, physical activity, and tobaccofree lifestyles within schools. In preparation for the award application, GES staff and students partnered with District Health Department #10 to implement the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) Program. CATCH is a comprehensive, national initiative for students and families aimed at improving healthy eating and physical activity opportunities for students and families. The goals of the CATCH program are to: Create an enjoyable and safe environment that teach

#HealthyMondayRefresh 6.15.2020

Sleep can be rejuvenating and energizing, and a restful one will do wonders for your physical health and mental acuity. But falling asleep isn’t always easy. Sometimes your thoughts keep you awake; your bedroom is too hot; or you’re just not that tired. A good night’s sleep will make you feel better, which is why this is all about making it easier to fall asleep. Use these guided meditations and deep-breathing mantras to relax your mind before bed; engage in a well-timed workout to expel excess energy; and check out the foods to eat (and avoid) before bed time for better sleep. 1. Make deep sleep a fitness goal 2. Setting up for a successful sleep 3. More to your vegetables than meets the ey

Prescription for Health & Downtown Big Rapids Farmers Market

Spectrum Health Big Rapids, in collaboration with District Health Department #10, is offering free vouchers for fruits and vegetables to Lake and Mecosta county residents at the Big Rapids Farmers Market. Visit the market to find out how YOU could receive a voucher courtesy of the Prescription for Health Program.

Men's Health Month

Father’s Day is quickly approaching and now is the perfect time to encourage the men in your life to take care of themselves by eating right, exercising and seeking regular medical care so they may live long and healthy lives. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to increase awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases in boys and men. Men’s health is not just a ‘man’s issue’ it is a family issue. Men’s health can impact everyone around them: wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters. So, what can men do to be healthier? It’s simple. Take action! 1. Eat healthy- add more fruits and vegetable into your diet and try to limit eating foods that ar

Protect your teeth

You’re taking steps to protect yourself from #coronavirus. Why not take steps to protect your teeth? Choose tap water over sugary drinks, which can lead to dental decay. https://americanfluoridationsociety.org/

#HealthyMondayRefresh 6.08.2020

The past few months have certainly stretched us thin. We are all exhausted, uncomfortable, angry, and emotionally drained. Progress moves so painfully slow, and it’s hard not to feel like we are limping forward at a time when it seems so obvious that we should be running ahead. But these are precisely the moments when we need to direct our focus inward — not to ignore or shun the realities of the world around us, but to better understand ourselves and our own shortcomings, with the hope that one day we will be better equipped to appreciate, empathize, and sympathize with the varied experiences of our fellow humans. This week, we want you to commit to mindfulness, and, more specifically, an a

Parent Guidance

Parents contact your provider to see if they are able to maintain vaccination appointments during COVID-19. If not, setting up a reminder to reschedule once stay-at-home orders are lifted. https://www.vaccinateyourfamily.org/which-vaccines-does-my-family-need/preteens-teens/

World Food Safety Day

Food Safety is Everyone’s Business What do those who are charged to protect the safety and goodness of our food supply and those who grow, process, distribute, sell, prepare and serve our food have in common? Food safety. Food safety is a shared responsibility among governments, producers and consumers. Each sector has their own role to play in today’s global food system, each needing to ensure the food we eat is safe and won’t harm us. World Food Safety Day, held June 7th , was first created in 2019 to “draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism an

Family Health & Fitness Day

Parks and recreation organizations play an integral role in the health and wellbeing of community members, especially now, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each year, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recognizes the second Saturday in June as Family Health & Fitness Day. Family Health & Fitness Day is an opportunity for people to discover the health benefits to staying fit and active that are provided by local parks and recreation departments throughout the year. Historically speaking: • Nearly three in five adults say that access to park and recreation amenities are very or extremely essential to their mental and physical health. • Living close to parks and other recreation f

Farmers Markets and Double Up Food Bucks

Double Up Food Bucks program will match Bridge Card sales up to $20 a day a family shops at participating farmers markets in FREE Michigan Fruits and vegetables. For Double Up Food Bucks Markets visit: www.westmichiganfarmmarkets.org For 35 area farms and orchards most offering the U-Pick value and a family farm and educational experience www.fruitridgemarket.com

#HealthyMondayRefresh 6.01.2020

We tend to associate celebrations with birthdays, weddings, holidays, and baby showers, but a celebration is really just an expression of gratitude, a means to acknowledge the pieces of our lives that we consider most important. This week focuses on all the ways we can celebrate. Try seeking out sources of laughter, and learn how a good chuckle can transform your mood; dance your way to happiness with some fun steps and dancing GIFs; and celebrate the bounty of springtime with a collection of seasonal plant-based recipes. Let this Monday be a celebration of spirit. 1. Ride the Boogie to Happiness 2. Improve Monday by Inciting the Silly Within 3. Enjoy Your Favorite (or new favorite) Spring D

Smoothie STARS

June is here, which means summer is finally here! June also brings us Father’s Day! Just as I added my mom’s favorite smoothie last month for Mother’s Day, I have my dad’s favorite this time around. Enjoy my two featured smoothies this month! 1. Raspberry Lemonade A refreshing summertime drink to get you ready for the warmer weather ahead. Recipe: - 1 cup frozen raspberries - 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt - ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice) - 1 Tbsp lemon juice Add everything to blender and blend until combined. 2. Classic Strawnana (dad’s favorite) A classic for a reason. Recipe: - 1 cup strawberries - 1 frozen banana - 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or mil

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