Staying Active

Can Gardening Count as Exercise?

The benefits of gardening go far beyond connecting to nature and creating a beautiful yard. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gardening qualifies as exercise. In fact, getting out in the yard for just 30-45 minutes can burn up to 300 calories. Routine garden upkeep activities, such …

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Weight Management

Sleep Your Way to Weight Loss

Trying to lose weight? You might be able to do it in your sleep. According to Philip Cheng, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and research scientist at the Sleep Disorders and Research Center at Henry Ford Health System, there is a direct link between too little or too much sleep and issues …

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Mind-Body-Spirit

Tired & Stressed: Is Your ‘New Normal’ Making You Sick?

To change any behavior, we first have to be aware of it. Sounds simple, right? But as humans, we have the ability to acclimate, constantly creating a “new normal” which challenges our ability to recognize when our status quo has changed. “When we acclimate, we adjust to a new status …

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Healthy Eating
guilty pleasures

Guilty Pleasures That Are Good for You

Meat, potatoes, eggs, bread, chocolate. At one time or another, each of these foods has been shunned in the popular media. Many might even appear on your personal “do not eat list.” The irony: Each of these foods—and many others that get a bad rap—can actually be good for you. …

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Staying Active
parent fitness

A Parent’s Guide to Making Time for Fitness

Sticking to an exercise program can be challenging under the best of circumstances. But add a house full of children to the mix — each with their own demands and up-to-the-minute requirements — and squeezing in a workout can seem impossible. After all, how can you find time to exercise …

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Healthy Eating
spice mixes

DIY Spice Mixes

Healthy cooking does not mean that the food you’re eating needs to be bland. In fact, you can amp up the flavor by increasing your use of herbs and spices while cutting the salt, sugar and fat. A bonus: Even small amounts of spices such as cinnamon, oregano, ginger, and …

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Getting Fit

7 Ways to Fit in Fitness at Work

Working 40 hours a week—or more—isn’t unusual. But being tied to your desk can have devastating health effects. In fact, a mounting body of research suggests that sitting for 7 to 8 hours a day increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and yes, early death—even among people who exercise …

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Weight Management

Fasting: The Truth Behind the Latest Health Craze

A growing number of celebrities and even health authorities claim fasting (or steering clear of food) on alternate days or for specific periods of time can help cleanse the body of toxins, stave off weight gain, even prevent diseases ranging from cancer to diabetes. And while, eating 3 big meals …

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Weight Management

The Big Benefits of Moderate Weight Loss

It’s no secret that maintaining a healthy weight—and shedding excess pounds—is good for you. But now a growing body of evidence suggests that you don’t have to reach your goal weight to experience health benefits. If you’re overweight or obese, even modest weight loss can lower your risk of conditions …

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Healthy Eating
guilt-free pies

How To Dish Up Delicious Pie with Less Guilt

Nothing is more American than pie, but unfortunately, this year-round classic can be a dietary disaster. With buttery crust, sugary fillings and whipped or frozen toppings, a single slice can weigh in at over 1,000 calories. Trouble is, making a healthier pie isn’t a piece of cake (pun intended). “Piecrust …

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