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Be Well

Eat. Sleep. Move. Relax. Connect.

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

Be Nourished

Eating healthy is a journey. All of your food and beverage choices count and it is important to focus on focus on making healthy choices from all five food groups including fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy to get the nutrients you need.

To help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health, check out the resources at MyPlate. The website also offers at 2-week menu plan that can be used by any person or family wanting to follow a healthy diet at a modest price.

Michigan Farmers Markets are filled with good food. Our state is home to farms and orchards that help you bring the seasonal bounty to your table. Use this Find a Farmers Market tool to find a market near you.

Farmers Market Food Navigators can help you maximize your food dollars while purchasing fresh, healthy food for your family. They give personalized market tours, introduce you to the farmers that grow your food, explain the food assistance programs available at the market and provide food tastings, recipe ideas, and strategies to help families eat more seasonal Michigan produce. To find a Food Navigator near you, click here.

If you are 60+,  you may qualify for home-delivered meals through your local area agency on aging. Sign up here and your regional agency will contact you if you qualify

Be Supported

Sometimes life takes a turn, check out Michigan 2-1-1  or dial 211at any time to get connected to community resources like childcare, mounting bills, shelter for the night, and more. It is a one-stop connection to thousands of local agencies and resources that can help you—24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

NOTE: Some phone systems cannot dial 211. If your phone will not allow you to dial 211, call 1-844-875-9211.

Be Mindful

Stress less. Move more. Sleep Soundly.

Stay Home, Stay MIndful, is a new resource from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. They have partnered with Headspace  to provide free mental health resources for Michiganders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Headspace also has an archive of articles to help you get started with your meditation practice, including meditations for coping with sadness, anger, and adapting to change. You can also release stress and tension through movement with Move Mode — mood-boosting, at-home workouts and 28-day mindful fitness courses led by expert trainers. You do not need to start a free trial or subscription to use the resources on the website. They also offer a free app with subscription options and in-app purchases

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The Mindfulness App offers a 5-day guided practice and introduction to mindfulness, timed guided or silent meditations, customizable meditation with guided introduction, bells and nature sounds, meditation reminders and mindful notices to help you to stay mindful throughout the day, and statistics to keep track of your meditation journey. The app is free and the premium version offers subscriptions and optional in-app purchases.

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Meditation has ancient roots – so does Sattva. Authentic, deeply profound and drawing from Vedic principles of meditation that have been around for thousands of years, the meditations, sacred sounds and music are delivered by Sanskrit scholars. If you’re new to meditation, you’ll find simple, yet deep meditations starting from just six minutes. You can also set goals and reminders to build up your practice. For seasoned meditators there are 100+ guided meditations, sacred sounds (chant and mantras) and music tracks to use in your meditation practice. The app offers a robust free version and two monthly subscription options.

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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.

Download: Android | iPhone

Be Active

Check out our FitBits™ playlist featuring educators from across Michigan. It is filled 7–10 minute physical activity breaks designed for children that also teach about nutrition.

Download our Healthy At-Home Activities Booklet. Created by nutrition educators from Bronson South Haven Hospital, in partnership with Michigan Fitness Foundation, it is filled with ideas for indoor and outdoor activities and healthy snack ideas for you and your family.

More

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