Time to Talk: Tips on getting your kids on the pathway to better health

Time to Talk: Tips on getting your kids on the pathway to better health

The signs couldn’t be ignored. In addition to being smokers, Stephanie Brown’s parents had been struggling with diabetes and high blood pressure. When her mother suffered a heart attack, the message for Brown and her young daughter Kaija was even clearer. “I said, ‘We better do something to prevent that from happening to us,’” Brown […]

Too Close for Comfort: Strokes are impacting younger ages

Too Close for Comfort: Strokes are impacting younger ages

For one set of peers who faced a life-altering health issue, tomorrow holds promise. Once a month, a range of 10 to three-dozen participants convene as the Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Support Group, hosted by St. Joseph’s Hospital Ann Arbor in Washtenaw County. Together they reflect on experiences, share encouragement – and, occasionally, have a […]

No Stress Zone

No Stress Zone

I walked into the kitchen one day and waded into a sea of suds. I looked up from my suds soaked toes – shocked to see that my dishwasher had exploded. Freeze frame. Just a few days earlier the top of my head would have flown off. But at this moment I was proud of […]

An Ardent Advocate: Getting to know Michigan Fitness Foundation President & CEO J.J. Tighe

An Ardent Advocate: Getting to know Michigan Fitness Foundation President & CEO J.J. Tighe

An optimist and advocate, J.J. Tighe offers compelling reasons why we should care passionately about community health. “Improving our health is paramount for us as individuals and as a State,” says Tighe, president and CEO of the Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF). “Personal choice and responsibility when it comes to healthy choices is critical, so education […]

Go Golf: Why disc golf is gaining popularity in Detroit

Go Golf: Why disc golf is gaining popularity in Detroit

“Disc golf involves the throwing of Frisbee-like discs into their targets, using the fewest attempts.” “Calhoun and his entire family, including a daughter who competed in the 2015 world competition, all enjoy the game.” “I’m confident that in the next 30 years when you hear someone say ‘golf,’ they’ll be talking about disc golf.” – […]

Hoop It Up: Why hula hooping is taking hold in Detroit

Hoop It Up: Why hula hooping is taking hold in Detroit

“Kids like it (hooping) because they can vary the routine and feel like circus performers with a little practice.” – Missy Cooke Pick one up and put it on. Go ahead and “swirl” girl. Hundreds are discovering – and in some cases, rediscovering – the joy of “hooping” at area parks, which represents a fun […]

Movement is Good Medicine

Movement is Good Medicine

Life as a couch potato just didn’t seem appealing to Carolyn Moore. It wasn’t that she lacked excuses for becoming less active: Diagnosed with arthritis and congestive heart failure, the Flint resident’s health outlook was bleak as she advanced into her 60’s. But no prognosis was going to hinder her daily zeal. “I wanted to […]

Food Warriors program reframes agriculture for a new generation

Food Warriors program reframes agriculture for a new generation

There are childhood moments that will always be cherished. Growing up in Houston, Texas, Hanifa Adjuman (AKA “Mama Hanifa”) looked forward to every summer. Her maternal grandparents lived in a small, rural town called Navasota. She remembers drinking from a creek, playing with her cousins, growing food, and eating what they grew. “My great-grandmother lived […]

Detroit’s Little Country Kitchen will teach healthy habits

Detroit’s Little Country Kitchen will teach healthy habits

Vivian Murphy and Ajani Carter spent more than a combined 30 years teaching children in Detroit Public Schools classrooms. Their professional careers also included other positions where they served the public. But when it was finally time to retire from the workforce, Murphy and Carter still wanted to make a difference in their city, and […]