APP-titude: 5-2-1-0 kids app reinforces healthy choices

APP-titude: 5-2-1-0 kids app reinforces healthy choices

If you give a kid a gadget, they’re going to want to use it. But give them a vegetable and many are ready for kitchen warfare. It doesn’t have to be that way, according to the developers of the 5-2-1-0 Kids App introduced by Henry Ford Health System. Linking kids’ love of electronics to apps […]

Attitude is Everything: How parents can encourage healthy habits

Attitude is Everything: How parents can  encourage healthy habits

A wobbly butt and a sweaty belly are among Maria’s biggest nightmares and a major impediment to the 15 year-old’s ability to maintain the minimum 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although a recent trip and fall incident made her even more self-conscious […]

Detroit’s River Dogs: Weekly dog walking builds lasting bonds

Detroit’s River Dogs: Weekly dog walking builds lasting bonds

Eula Johnson kept her nose so deep in her journals she didn’t know how splendidly the Detroit riverfront had transformed until she adopted a six-week-old German shepherd that likes to take walks. “Cassius loves to walk with other dogs, feel the air on his coat and sniff all the smells,” says Johnson, a lawyer at […]

Pedal Power

Pedal Power

Flying on two wheels. That’s how some describe the powerful and addictive nature of bicycling, which is gaining in popularity across Michigan’s inner cities. Bicycling is an everyday part of life for the Dickerson family. They began to map out their ride schedules and pump up their tires with the first signs of spring. In […]

Mine is Fine: Why parents needs to monitor kids’ weight levels

Mine is Fine: Why parents needs to monitor kids’ weight levels

Ask any parent about their child’s weight and you are likely to get a strong ” oh no, mine is fine” response. Although more than 40 percent of patients that sit in pediatrician offices today are clearly overweight, many don’t know it and if they do they have a passive attitude. It’s an easy mistake […]

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 […]