A Healthier Michigan Podcast

A Healthier Michigan Podcast

www.ahealthiermichigan.org/podcast
Tips on how we can improve our health and well-being through small healthy habits we can start implementing right now.


The Impact of Exercise on Mental Health
May 28 • 29 min
Running is more than an exercise, it’s a life saver. Discover how this healthy hobby is changing the scope of mental health care.
Foods That Help Boost Mental Health
May 14 • 34 min
Food isn’t only for fueling our bodies. It can also impact our mood and how we feel on a daily basis. Eating these foods can help increase our mental health.
How to Maximize the Shelf Life of Food
Apr 30 • 33 min
Do you know how long groceries can last? Here are some tips on how to store and preserve your favorite foods.
Best and Worst Foods for Our Teeth
Apr 16 • 42 min
We can be the best at cleaning our teeth, however, food can still have a major impact on our oral health. Acids, carbs and sugars - we’ll unpack all that here.
How Much Sugar is Too Much?
Apr 2 • 36 min
These days, it seems sugar is in everything. Whether it’s natural or artificial, too much can lead to serious health problems.
COVID-19: What We Know About the Novel Coronavirus
Mar 29 • 38 min
The global spread of COVID-19 has led to an influx of information leaving many with questions. This is what we currently know about the novel coronavirus.
Guided Mindfulness Meditation
Mar 26 • 8 min
With practice, mindfulness is a skill we can all deepen. Take a moment to be present with yourself through this guided meditation.
How to Practice Mindfulness
Mar 19 • 30 min
Everyone is born with the ability to be mindful. Here’s how to remove distractions and reconnect with your inner self.
Benefits of Healthy Snacking
Mar 5 • 34 min
Did you know snacking can be a good thing? Discover how eating between meals can help to improve your diet.
Are Home Workouts Effective?
Feb 20 • 31 min
Home workouts are convenient, but are they effective? Here’s how to improve your health and make a significant change with little to no equipment.
Cholesterol – What Impacts Our Levels?
Feb 6 • 42 min
Cholesterol can have a serious effect on heart health. Here’s how to monitor your levels to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
How to Eat Healthy on a Budget
Jan 23 • 28 min
Groceries can be expensive. To avoid breaking the bank, here are some tips on how to shop smarter and stay within budget.
Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail
Jan 9 • 34 min
Do you have goals for the new year? Before tackling any resolutions, discover how and why most of them fail.
How to Track Your Fitness Progress
Dec 26, 2019 • 31 min
Are you starting a new fitness plan? Here’s how to stay motivated while tracking your short and long-term progress.
How Much Sodium is Too Much?
Dec 12, 2019 • 35 min
Sodium naturally occurs in most foods. But when consumed in excessive amounts, it can lead to chronic health issues like heart disease.
How to Measure and Manage Portion Sizes
Nov 28, 2019 • 40 min
When it comes to food, how much is too much? Here are some tips on how to maintain a balanced diet using portion control.
Are Plant-Based Meats Healthy?
Nov 14, 2019 • 32 min
Plant-based meats are quickly becoming a fast food staple. But are they as healthy as everyone says?
Haunted Places in Michigan
Oct 31, 2019 • 29 min
Michigan has a rich and storied history of haunted sites. From old restaurants to motels and lighthouses, these lively tales are ready to be told.
How to Boost Your Immune System
Oct 17, 2019 • 31 min
Are you prepared for flu season? These simple food hacks can boost your immune system and help fight disease.
Tips to Navigate a Farmers Market
Oct 3, 2019 • 24 min
Michigan farmers markets are a treasure trove of in-season produce. Skip your commercial grocer and discover the benefits of buying local.
What is Considered Processed Food?
Sep 19, 2019 • 35 min
Most foods undergo some type of processing. Whether it’s minimal or major, it can have a notable effect on your current and long-term health.
Health Benefits of Herbs and Spices
Sep 5, 2019 • 41 min
Looking to limit your sodium? Here’s why herbs and spices are a healthier, more flavorful seasoning alternative.
Fitness Plans for Busy Schedules
Aug 22, 2019 • 34 min
Struggling to make time for your workouts? Here are some tips on how to fit regular exercise into your busy schedule.
Guide to the Healthiest Cooking Oils
Aug 8, 2019 • 34 min
Cooking oil will add flavor to any recipe. But it can also be high in calories and saturated fat. Here’s how to choose the healthiest oil for your next meal.
Lifestyle Tips for Healthy Aging
Jul 25, 2019 • 36 min
You can’t turn back time, but you can prepare for the future. With proper diet, exercise and rest, one can slow the signs of aging.
Best Vegetables to Plant in Late Summer
Jul 11, 2019 • 37 min
Ready to dust off your green thumb? Discover the best vegetables to plant for a late-summer garden.
Are Eggs Healthy for You?
Jun 27, 2019 • 28 min
Are eggs good for you? They’re a great source of nutrients, but are linked to serious health conditions like heart disease and high cholesterol.
Hidden Gems to Hike in Michigan
Jun 13, 2019 • 34 min
Celebrate 100 years of Michigan’s state parks by exploring the open trail. Discover nature’s treasures, as well as the mental and physical benefits of hiking.
At the Agent Grand Slam Event
Jun 6, 2019 • 23 min
[Bonus Episode] Chuck Gaidica attends the Grand Slam Event in Traverse City and talks to agents about what they’re seeing in the health and wellness landscape.
Inside the Mackinac Policy Conference – Part 3
Jun 4, 2019 • 36 min
Wrapping his time at the Mackinac Policy Conference, Chuck Gaidica chats with attendees about health initiatives that are impacting the state of Michigan.
Inside the Mackinac Policy Conference – Part 2
Jun 2, 2019 • 37 min
Chuck Gaidica is back for another bonus episode to talk to conference attendees about their health journeys at the Mackinac Policy Conference.
Inside the Mackinac Policy Conference – Part 1
May 31, 2019 • 30 min
On this bonus episode, Chuck Gaidica talks to conference attendees about about their health journeys as well as health initiatives that impact their community.
Effects of Social Media on Teens
May 30, 2019 • 24 min
Social media has become a huge part of our lives. Find out how it’s growing presence will impact the next generation.
Identifying Behavioral Health Concerns in Children
May 16, 2019 • 27 min
Childhood can be an emotional rollercoaster. Here’s how to identify behavioral health issues that may signify a more serious problem.
Well-Being for Moms
May 2, 2019 • 40 min
Motherhood can be a demanding experience. Here are some tips on how busy moms can improve and maintain their well-being.
Mental Health for Caregivers
Apr 18, 2019 • 26 min
Are you suffering from caregiver burnout? Learn how to juggle your growing responsibilities, while maintaining your own mental and physical health.
Ways to Improve Financial Well-Being
Apr 4, 2019 • 22 min
Take control of your finances with these simple money management tips.
How to Test for Common Food Allergies
Mar 21, 2019 • 23 min
How do you know if you have a food allergy? Here are some life-changing tips to help you safely navigate your diet.
National Nutrition Month
Mar 7, 2019 • 19 min
Ready to clean up your diet? Discover why National Nutrition Month is the perfect time to embrace healthier habits.
Healthy Fats that are Good for the Heart
Feb 21, 2019 • 21 min
Are all fats created equal? Discover the pros and cons of the macronutrient and its effect on the body.
Aerobic vs Anaerobic – What’s the Difference?
Feb 7, 2019 • 17 min
Do you know your max heart rate? Discover the origin on this magic number and how it can benefit your workout routine.
How to Create Your Own Workout Plan
Jan 24, 2019 • 26 min
Ready to break a sweat? Learn to how to make realistic, sustainable workouts that will deliver long-term results.
Kick Off to a Healthy New Year
Jan 10, 2019 • 20 min
Eager to reach your health and fitness goals? Start the new year by gaining a fresh perspective on nutrition.
New Episodes Starting January 10th
Jan 3, 2019 • 0 min
A Healthier Michigan Podcast is back with new episodes covering nutrition, fitness and much more!
Guided Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Nov 15, 2018 • 24 min
Stress can have a mental and physiological effect on the body. Learn how to regulate muscle tension, while lowering blood pressure with progressive muscle relaxation.
Guided Imagery Meditation
Nov 8, 2018 • 21 min
If you can see it, you can believe it. Learn more about guided imagery and its impact on stress management.
Relaxation Techniques for Stress
Nov 1, 2018 • 23 min
Inhale serenity and exhale anxiety. With a simple relaxation technique, you can stop stress in its tracks. All you need is 10 minutes and an open mind.
Difference Between Stress and Anxiety
Oct 25, 2018 • 20 min
At some point, 50% of us will have a diagnosable mental health condition. We explore the difference between stress and anxiety, and self-screening options.
Benefits of Stress
Oct 18, 2018 • 18 min
Stress isn’t always bad. It’s there as a warning sign to help us react to our surroundings. Chuck and Dr. DiFranco discuss how we can benefit from our stress.
What is Stress?
Oct 11, 2018 • 18 min
Stress is a very normal reaction. It’s there to help us out, which people may find strange. Listen to Chuck Gaidica and Dr. DiFranco discuss what is stress.
Finding Balance in Life
Oct 4, 2018 • 18 min
Stress is something we carry with us whether it’s coming home or going to work. On this episode, we discuss how we can find balance in life through resilience.
Wellness Tips for the Workplace
Sep 27, 2018 • 19 min
Workplace well-being can positively impact productivity and reduce health care costs when implemented correctly. Listen to our wellness tips for the workplace.
Importance and Health Benefits of Social Interaction
Sep 20, 2018 • 18 min
Hanging with friends can equal more than just a good time. Discover the many health benefits of social interaction on A Healthier Michigan Podcast.
Benefits of Journaling and The Positive Impact on Your Health
Sep 13, 2018 • 19 min
Rewiring our brain to be positive can help us clear our emotions of negativity. On this episode, we discuss gratitude and the health benefits of journaling.
What Does Physical Well-being Mean?
Sep 6, 2018 • 19 min
The key to physical well-being is physical activity, good nutrition and practicing mindfulness. Listen for more tips on how to achieve physical well-being.
The Dimensions of Wellness, and What is Well-being?
Aug 30, 2018 • 19 min
Emotional, psychological and social well-being play important roles in our overall health. We explore the dimensions of wellness and explain well-being.
How to Set Goals and Achieve Them
Aug 23, 2018 • 19 min
Having a game plan when choosing a health goal can be beneficial in the long run. On this episode, Chuck and Grace discuss how to set goals and achieve them.
How to Meal Prep for Beginners
Aug 16, 2018 • 19 min
Meal prepping can sound and feel overwhelming, but in the long run, it can save us time and money. Hear how to start meal prepping with Chuck and Grace.
The Importance of Gut Health
Aug 9, 2018 • 19 min
Chuck and Grace discuss why gut health is important for our overall health. A healthy gut can boost immunity, absorb nutrients and lead to better brain health.
Why Diets Don’t Work
Aug 2, 2018 • 19 min
There are many different reasons why diets don’t work. Chuck and Grace talk about why that is and what we can do to get the most out of our health goals.
Macronutrients vs. Micronutrients and the Five Food Groups
Jul 26, 2018 • 18 min
This episode touches on macronutrients vs micronutrients and the five food groups, plus how they all work together.
How to Have a Healthy Relationship with Food
Jul 19, 2018 • 19 min
On our first episode, we talk about how to have a healthy relationship with food. We assess our hunger level and understand how we can fuel our body with food.
A Healthier Michigan Podcast is Coming This Summer!
Jul 6, 2018 • 0 min
A Healthier Michigan launches a brand new podcast with host Chuck Gaidica covering topics related to nutrition, wellbeing and stress reduction.