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National American Diabetes Association Alert Day

by Michelle Jackson, MiCAFE Network Coordinator National American Diabetes Association Alert Day is observed annually on the 4th Tuesday in March, this day is intended to be a 1-day wake-up call to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes, particularly when diabetes is left undiagnosed or untreated. Diabetes affects more than 29 million Americans or about 9 percent of the U.S. population. It’s … Continue reading National American Diabetes Association Alert Day

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Putting Food on the Table for the Holidays

By Nicholas Goodman, MiCAFE Network Specialist For many, holidays in December bring joy and excitement. For those living on a fixed income, the social expectations for providing meals at family gatherings can be stressful and overwhelming. Here are some resources to make this time of year less anxiety-inducing: Feeding America has a network of food banks in the southern lower peninsula. You can search by … Continue reading Putting Food on the Table for the Holidays

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September is Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month 

by Rachael Savoie, Office Manager 10 Reasons to eat MORE Fruits & Veggies: Color & Texture: Fruits and veggies add color, texture and appeal to your meals; Fruits and veggies are nutritious in any form, whether they are fresh, frozen, canned or dried, so they’re always available; Provide fiber that helps fill you up and keeps your digestive system happy; Naturally Low in Calories; May Reduce … Continue reading September is Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month 

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SNAP Facts!

by Lyndsy Gamet, MiCAFE Outreach and Training Coordinator Let’s talk about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Are you one of approximately 142,000 Michigan Seniors who participate in the program? If not, let me give you a few facts about it, and how to find out if you are eligible. 1) The SNAP program was designed to help individuals to obtain an adequate diet, while meeting … Continue reading SNAP Facts!

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National Osteoporosis Month

by Kim Hill, Economic Security Client Services Manager Did you know that May is National Osteoporosis Month? According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, approximately 10 million men and women in America are living with osteoporosis, and another 44 million people have low bone density, which places them at an increased risk for the bone disease. What causes osteoporosis? The Mayo Clinic explains that our bones … Continue reading National Osteoporosis Month

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National Nutrition Month – Part 1

by Sheila Robison, Economic Security Team Member March is National Nutrition Month! MiCAFE, a program of Elder Law of Michigan, Inc., will be celebrating this important month by raising awareness of the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This post is the first in a series of posts this month highlighting this important initiative. Welcome March with good news about nutrition! Here … Continue reading National Nutrition Month – Part 1

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This week is Healthy Weight Week

by Natalie Pearce, L.M.S.W., Director of Economic Security January 20-26, 2016 is Healthy Weight Week. What is a healthy weight? We all want to know the answer to this question!  The truth is that one size does not fit all, literally and figuratively. Numerous factors play into what constitutes a healthy weight for each individual, including height, age, and bone structure, amongst others. After reviewing sources of … Continue reading This week is Healthy Weight Week