House bill would help grocery stores bring more healthy food to underserved communities

House bill would help grocery stores bring more healthy food to underserved communities

There’s a bill sitting in the Michigan House of Representatives that, if passed, would help grocery stores in underserved communities open, expand or renovate to bring more healthy foods to those neighborhoods. The “Healthy Foods Assistance Act,” or House Bill 5180, would direct funds through a public private partnership with the Michigan Good Food Fund […]

Corner stores want to sell healthier foods but need help to get it done

Corner stores want to sell healthier foods but need help to get it done

Inside Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology in Detroit, students can have chicken quesadillas, brown cheesy rice, mixed vegetables, and other healthy choices for lunch. Getting healthy foods at convenience stores around Timbuktu is a little different. Motor City Marketplace, located on Mack and St. Jean, is roughly walking distance from the school, is larger […]

On The Road To Better Health: How one parent is working to build healthier habits at school and at home

On The Road To Better Health: How one parent is working to build healthier habits at school and at home

LaTasha Flake (“Mama LaTasha”) always serves you with an infectious smile. It’s her way, really. A bubble of energy, care, attention and fun. As a morning and afternoon bus monitor, she helps make sure students at Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology are getting healthier choices in their meals. When it was announced Timbuktu would […]

Try it Tuesdays: How schools are helping our kids develop healthier habits

Try it Tuesdays: How schools are helping our kids develop healthier habits

Anita Vasudevan gives lessons on pomegranates or teaches third graders at Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology in Detroit how to make sushi. It’s all part of “Try it Tuesday,” a monthly opportunity for students to sample healthy foods. So far, they’ve tasted pomegranates and sushi, hence the lessons. Vasudevan, a FoodCorps service member, serves […]

Growing Healthy Communities 101: Past, Present, Future

Growing Healthy Communities 101: Past, Present, Future

Can you change a school’s culture from the inside? The more than 50 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) partners believe you can and are committed to providing comprehensive school-wide programs designed to teach kids healthy habits and address childhood obesity. There’s no one-size-fits-all strategy. The goal is to tailor resources with the individual needs […]

Live. Love. Laugh Detroit: Detroit author creates the ultimate insider’s guide to understanding the cityscape

Live. Love. Laugh Detroit: Detroit author creates the ultimate insider’s guide to understanding the cityscape

Detroit might be the ultimate Rorschach test. Everyone sees something a little different, depending on his or her angle. When Aaron Foley looks at Detroit, he sees a city that “black history defined.” A thirtysomething writer living in Detroit, Foley is a Michigan State University graduate who has contributed to such publications as Jalopnik Detroit, […]