Category Archives: Health

National Premature Birth Awareness Month

baby Health advocates say a problem that has been on the decline in recent years, now only affects one out of every nine babies instead of one out of eight . That problem: preterm or “premature” birth. Continue reading

Northern Michigan ‘Food Hub’ helps local businesses to grow


Michigan foodies said there’s more to local foods than cherries and wine.

And they said lesser known specialties like venison, hummus and beer are now available at stores thanks to what they call, a food hub.
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November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month

10641207_10152857893583799_1387017803333480468_n November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Epilepsy is a group of related disorders characterized by a tendency for recurrent seizures. Around 1% of the population worldwide, or around 65 million people, have epilepsy.

Jeff Popovich sat down with Amanda Smith, a Central Michigan University senior who has epilepsy, to learn more about this neurological disorder. Continue reading

Time for shots, flu season is underway

flu shotsWith the temperatures starting to drop, it’s time to bundle up…and get your flu shot. The flu season is underway.

Flu activity commonly peaks between December and February. But health officials say it can begin as early as October and last until May. Continue reading

Officials: A little Halloween candy may not cause diabetes, but lifestyle and genetics do

Candy, kids, and spooks are the theme Friday. And it’s no trick that 30 million children and adults have diabetes in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The American Diabetes Association is offering a month of healthy lifestyle activities to help stop diabetes.

Robyn Webb is a nutritionist, Food Editor and author of “The Diabetes Comfort Food Cookbook”.

She said one way to avoid the Halloween sugar coma is to get kids involved in making healthy foods.

“Kids can get involved. They’re going to participate with their family in making delicious foods,” Webb said, “And they’re going to get to see how healthy food can taste great, that they don’t need all the Halloween candy, and all of the other things that happen during the holidays.”

Webb said it’s important for family members to support each other especially when a loved one has diabetes or prediabetes.

She said holidays don’t have to be difficult for people with diabetes and she says, sticking to a health diet doesn’t mean you have to skip tasty treats.

“People who have diabetes in their family, it’s really important that everyone gets on board and supports the person that does have diabetes.,” Webb said, “And make sure if you are in a family of people that do have diabetes get yourself checked as well.”

Webb said for foods that aren’t healthy, she recommends eating smaller portions.

“It’s never about depriving people of what they want to have it’s about intelligently rearranging their food so that it is healthy and it certainly will meet all of their needs to manage their diabetes,” Webb said.

ON THE WEB

ADA Myths http://www.stopdiabetes.com/get-the-facts/myths-and-facts.html

America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes http://www.diabetesforecast.org/landing-pages/adm/?loc=hppuz5_adm_oct2014