Be Well

Being well is fundamental to good health. We’ve gathered some practical tips and links to resources to enhance your well-being.

Budget tight? When a family’s budget is tight, a little planning can go a long way. Here are some of our favorite tips to save you money and time.

Budget Calculator

Figuring out how to budget for groceries is different for everyone. Try Iowa State University’s Grocery Budget Calculator as a way compare current spending with results that are based on the latest prices from the USDA’s Low-Cost Food Plan. We find using a budget calculator helps save money and encourage planning.

Plan a Menu

  • Start by looking to see what you already have on hand and use that as the starting point to build your menu
  • Keeping in mind that half of your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables.
  • Think about your family’s favorite meals to add to your menu
  • Look through the mailers, online and grocery store apps for sales and coupons
  • Think about what dishes make for great leftovers and go from there
  • Consider lower cost plant-based protein sources, such as beans, lentils and tofu
  • Make a shopping list

Go Shopping

  • Bring your shopping list… and stick to it!
  • Shop after you eat, and after your children have eaten, when you are hungry you are more apt to buy things that are not on your list
  • Compare unit prices of similar items to find the best deal. We like this free app Spend Smart. Eat Smart. for quick comparisons when shopping.

Fresh Coast Flavors

Farmers Markets are filled with good food, and Michigan is home to farms and orchards that bring the bounty to your table. Find a Farmers Market (links to new window) near you.

Get Support

Sometimes life takes a turn, check out Michigan 2-1-1 (links to new window)or dial 211 at any time and they’ll connect you with community resources.

Be Mindful

Stress less. Move more. Sleep Soundly. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Headspace have partnered to provide Stay Home, Stay Mindful, a new mental health resource for Michiganders to access for free during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To further develop your meditation practice, download the UCLA Mindful App to practice mindfulness meditation anywhere, anytime with the guidance of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.

Get More Tips

Visit our sister website Healthy Choices Catch On for tips to eat healthy and move more.