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A Healthier Michigan Podcast is dedicated to navigating how we can improve our health and well-being through small healthy habits we can start implementing today. Every other week, host Chuck Gaidica will sit down with a certified health expert from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to deep dive into topics covering nutrition, fitness and much more.
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On this episode, Chuck Gaidica is joined by Dr. David Baird, dermatologist. Together, they discuss skincare products to be mindful of and how to approach skincare this summer.In this episode of A Healthier Michigan Podcast, we explore:Why it's important to be cautious of certain skincare products in the summerSteps to take to protect your skin from sun sensitivity while using certain skincare productsHow to tell if a certain products causes sun sensitivityAlternatives you can use to reduce sun sensitivity
On this episode, Chuck Gaidica is joined by Shanthi Appelö, registered dietitian for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Together, they explore the benefits of summer fruits across the state of Michigan.In this episode of A Healthier Michigan Podcast, we explore:Fruit that is in season and the benefits of themTips for u-pick farmsStrategic ways to get your daily serving of fruitWays to make your fresh fruit last longer
On this episode, Chuck Gaidica is joined by Dr. William Beecroft, Medical Director of Behavioral Health for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network. Together, they discuss how being near a body of water can benefit our mental health.In this episode of A Healthier Michigan Podcast, we explore:Why water has a calming effect on the mindWhat mental health benefits are associated with spending time near waterHow individuals can incorporate regular exposure to water into their daily lives
In the upcoming episodes, we'll feature conversations from the Mackinac Policy Conference, which centers around the theme "Bridging the Future Together." This theme invites dialogue on inspiring collaboration across divides and addresses key issues for Michigan’s future, including business growth, education, infrastructure, innovation, and equity. We’re continuing our conversations with conference attendees and hope you enjoy these bonus episodes.On part 3 of this series, we’ll be focusing on value partnerships between BCBSM and provider partners.Guests:Tricia Keith - CEO-Elect of Blue Cross Blue Shield of MichiganKerry Ebersole Singh - EVP Chief Talent and Engagement Officer of Michigan Economic Development CorporationBrian Calley - President of the Small Business Association of MichiganMatt Pepper - President and CEO of Michigan HumaneDavid Merritt - Give Merit Board Chair; Kuhu Saha - Executive Director of Give Merit
In the upcoming episodes, we'll feature conversations from the Mackinac Policy Conference, which centers around the theme "Bridging the Future Together." This theme invites dialogue on inspiring collaboration across divides and addresses key issues for Michigan’s future, including business growth, education, infrastructure, innovation, and equity. We’re continuing our conversations with conference attendees and hope you enjoy these bonus episodes.On part 2 of this series, we’ll be focusing on value partnerships between BCBSM and provider partners.Guests:Greg Handel - Vice President of Education & Talent at the Detroit Regional ChamberMarlo Rencher - President, Detroit Means BusinessChristianne Malone - Chief Program Officer at Tech TownKaty Trudeau - President of Eastern Market
For the next few episodes, we’ll be bringing you conversations from the Mackinac Policy Conference. This year, the conference is focusing on “Bridging the Future Together”, which will invite dialogue among speakers and attendees on ways leaders will inspire radical collaboration across divides. With focus on the greatest issues and opportunities in Michigan, the concept of “Bridging the Future Together” will cover key themes critical to Michigan’s future including attracting businesses and jobs, improving education outcomes to ensure workforce readiness, strengthening infrastructure, and leading with innovation and equity. We thought it’d be a great opportunity to talk to attendees about how “Bridging the Future Together” will benefit the state of Michigan within their sectors. We hope you enjoy these bonus episodes.On part 1 of this series, we’ll be focusing on value partnerships between BCBSM and provider partners.Guests:Dan Loepp - President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Amy Loepp - Co-Founder, Impact100 Oakland CountyBob Riney - President & CEO of Henry Ford HealthRob Casalou - President & CEO of Trinity HealthDavid Miller - President of U-M HealthRuthanne Sudderth - Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association
On this episode, Chuck Gaidica is joined by Sydney Lipsey, Manager of Behavioral Health Strategy and Planning for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Together, they discuss ways manifestation may affect your wellbeing.In this episode of A Healthier Michigan Podcast, we explore:How manifestation is viewed and definedDifferences between manifestation and positive thinkingHow to approach practicing manifestation
On this episode, Chuck Gaidica is joined by Shanthi Appelö, registered dietitian for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Together, they discuss how certain food pairings can help increase nutrient absorption.In this episode of A Healthier Michigan Podcast, we explore:Why certain food pairings benefit our healthFood combinations that are better for nutrient absorptionMisconceptions about pairing foodsHow often you should be utilizing food pairings to help nutrient absorption
On this episode, Chuck Gaidica is joined by Angela Moore, NASM Master Trainer & Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Together, they discuss better ways tackle your to-do list.In this episode of A Healthier Michigan Podcast, we explore:How effective to-do lists can positively impact your wellbeingAspects of creating an effective to-do listTools to help streamline to-do listsStrategies to help prevent to-do lists from becoming overwhelmingFor more info on Angela Moore, visit Angela T. Moore (empoweredbyangela.com)
On this episode, Chuck Gaidica is joined by Shanthi Appelö, registered dietitian for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Together, they discuss ways we can snack smarter on the go.In this episode of A Healthier Michigan Podcast, we explore:What to consider when choosing snacksCommon mistakes when snacking and how to avoid themTips for navigating portion sizesEffective strategies for navigating smarter snacking habits
On this episode, Chuck Gaidica is joined by Dr. Angela Seabright, Care Management Physician for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Together, they discuss whether or not sleep aids promote better sleep.In this episode of A Healthier Michigan Podcast, we explore:Common difficulties achieving restful sleepCommonly recommended sleep aids"Sleep cocktails" and if they're effectiveHow natural sleeps aids play within a broader approach to sleep
On this episode, Chuck Gaidica is joined by Dr. Angela Seabright, Care Management Physician for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Together, they discuss the benefits of power naps.In this episode of A Healthier Michigan Podcast, we explore:Optimal duration of power napsPrimary benefitsPotential long-term health benefitsPractical tips for taking a successful power nap
On this episode, Chuck Gaidica is joined by Dr. Kristyn Gregory, Medical Director of Behavioral Health for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Together, they discuss ways positive self-talk can be beneficial to stress reduction.In this episode of A Healthier Michigan Podcast, we explore:The physical and mental connection between positive-self talk and stress reductionPractical techniques to incorporate positive self-talk into their daily routinesCommon challenges people face when adopting positive self-talkThe effect of the long-term practice of self-positive on overall mental health
On this episode, Chuck Gaidica is joined by Maddie Yaw, Nutritionist, MPH. Together, they discuss ways we can stock our cupboards with heart healthy foods.In this episode of A Healthier Michigan Podcast, we explore:How a well-stocked cupboard contributes to maintaining good heart healthKey staples we should make priority to better our heart healthHow we can balance convenience and eating healthyPractical tips to revamp our kitchen cupboards to better impact our health
On this episode, Chuck Gaidica is joined by Mallory Applewhite, Vice President of Community Impact for the American Heart Association. Together, they discuss what numbers you should be focusing on to maintain a healthy heart.In this episode of A Healthier Michigan Podcast, we explore:Specific numbers we should prioritize for optimal heart healthEveryday things we do that impact our heart health unbeknownst to usHow to approach lifestyle changes to address and improve our numbersHow to maintain a proactive approach to managing our heart health
On this episode, Chuck Gaidica is joined by Ann Marie Wakula, certified personal trainer and macro nutrition coach. Together, they discuss things you should look for when choosing a workout routine.In this episode of A Healthier Michigan Podcast, we explore:Elements that make a well-rounded fitness planKey factors to consider when choosing an exercise routineWays to stay consistent with a workout routineYou can learn more about Ann Marie at her website, or Instagram page.
On this episode, Chuck Gaidica is joined by Angela Moore, NASM Master Trainer & Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Together, they discuss reasons why you should consider not making a New Year's resolution this year.In this episode of A Healthier Michigan Podcast, we explore:Why resolutions are flawedWhat we should focus on instead of resolutionsFocusing on changing behavior and how to approach itWhy goals work better than resolutionsFor more info on Angela Moore, visit Angela T. Moore (empoweredbyangela.com)
On this episode, Chuck Gaidica is joined by Dr. William Beecroft, Medical Director of Behavioral Health for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network. Together, they discuss negativity bias and ways to overcome it.In this episode of A Healthier Michigan Podcast, we explore:What negativity bias is and how it developsWays to overcome negativity biasHow negativity bias impacts our health
On this episode, Chuck Gaidica is joined by Nick Nerbonne, Media, Digital and Industry Relations Director for Travel Michigan. Together, they discuss Michigan destinations to check out this winter.In this episode of A Healthier Michigan Podcast, we explore:Michigan winter destinations to add to your bucket listSummer destinations that are worth checking out in the winterDestinations that are off the beaten pathIndoor destinations to visit if you're not of fan of cold weather
On this episode, Chuck Gaidica is joined by Dr. Kristyn Gregory, medical director of behavioral health for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Together, they explore ways we can identify and cope with burnout.In this episode of A Healthier Michigan Podcast, we explore:What is burnout and how it differs from other stress-related conditionsHow we can self-evaluate and determine if we are experiencing burnoutHow long it can take to recover from burnout and what factors can influence the duration of recoveryWhat steps someone should take if they are seeking help and support for burnout
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ShaW

Nice and informational! Good to hear Chuck's voice

Aug 14th
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