Healthy Tips for the Holidays, Part Two

Tips from Local Experts - Part Two (Read Part One First) Mind, Body, Nature Heading outdoors can make a tremendous difference in the ability to cope with stress. Holly Wolfe, Yoga Instructor with Lifetime Fitness in Rochester Hills, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and Reiki 3 Level Practitioner explains, “While it is tempting to hibernate on the couch inside during the winter months and have Netflix marathons, there are so many other activities to do with your family. Beat the holiday … [Read more...]

Snowshoeing 101 at Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills

Ever wanted to try snowshoeing, but didn't know where to start? Attend the Bloomer Park Snowshoeing 101 event - an adventure for beginners interested in this winter hobby. Guests will learn the basics of snowshoeing, a little about the history, and what shoes might be best for you before venturing out into the park. Snowshoes will be available for use or attendees can bring their own. This is an introductory skill level for ages 12 and up. The cost is $5.00 per person and runs … [Read more...]

Healthy Tips for the Holidays, Part One

Tips from Local Experts Tis the season to be jolly – and to feel overwhelmed. Maintaining diet, fitness, and self-care practices during the hectic holiday season is challenging. Local experts offer guidance on making the time leading up to Christmas and into the New Year a healthy and joyous one. Holiday Foods and a Healthy Gut Being mindful of nutritional support and good eating habits can make a big difference during the holidays. Doug Ferner Jr. from Live Clean Nutrition in … [Read more...]

Diabetes Prevention Program in Rochester

Practice Transformation Institute (PTI) offers Diabetes Prevention Program in Rochester Beginning October 3 Starting October 3, Practice Transformation Institute (PTI), a non-profit organization providing continuing medical education and customized learning programs that improve health outcomes and the individual care delivery experience, will present the National Diabetes Prevention Program to educate individuals on the importance of moderate lifestyle changes and how increased physical … [Read more...]

Help and Tips to Stay Tobacco Free

Help Youth Stay Tobacco Free in the New School Year As students head back to school, Oakland County Health Division encourages parents and health care providers to talk to youth about tobacco use. Providing a tobacco-free home and discussing secondhand smoke exposure and tobacco use can help prevent youth from future smoking. “There has been significant progress in protecting youth from tobacco-related health risks, but we still have a long way to go,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health … [Read more...]

The Fizzy Facts About Kombucha

Effervescent and Fermented Stores are stocking up on Kombucha and more people are drinking it, but what is it? Kombucha is a slightly sweet, slightly acidic beverage that is consumed worldwide. It’s created through the fermentation of sugared tea with a SCOBY, or symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, also known as tea fungus. The sugar used in the recipe fuels the fermenting process and the final product is very low in sugar, with most 15-ounce bottles containing only 4 to 16 grams of … [Read more...]

Mosquito Bite Prevention Tips

Health Division Reminds Residents of Mosquito Bite Prevention Tips Oakland County Health Division advises residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites as summer-like temperatures approach. An increase in the number of mosquitoes and exposure to mosquito-borne diseases are linked with warmer temperatures and more time spent outdoors. “The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to avoid being bitten,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County Health … [Read more...]

Oakland County Public Health Urges Protection Against Ticks

Health Division Precautions Against Ticks Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Oakland County Health Division remind residents to protect themselves against ticks as they spend more time outside. Ticks and tick-borne diseases are increasing across the state. Ticks spread diseases such as Lyme disease, an illness caused by a bacterial infection from a tick bite. “Residents are urged to protect themselves against Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, … [Read more...]

Test Your Private Well for Safe Drinking Water

Oakland County Health Division reminds private well owners to test their drinking water regularly for contaminants to ensure that it is safe. “I encourage every homeowner with a private drinking water well to test their water routinely”, said Kathy Forzley, health officer for Oakland County. “Homeowners with private wells may not be aware of the risks that can occur. Testing well water regularly is the only way to ensure safe drinking water.” The Health Division recommends testing … [Read more...]

Are You at Risk for Hepatitis A, What You Need to Know

Continued Increase in Hepatitis A Cases in Southeast Michigan Public health officials and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are continuing to see an elevated number of hepatitis A cases in the city of Detroit, and counties of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne.  “Together with our local health partners, we are increasing outreach to vulnerable populations to raise awareness and promote vaccination of hepatitis A,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive of MDHHS. “Those … [Read more...]