Northern Michigan University students will get a day off this week for ‘wellness’
MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University is giving students a day off Wednesday. President Fritz Erickson responded to a request from students for a “wellness day,” which means there will be no classes, though regular services will be available at the Marquette campus. Erickson noted that NMU students did not have a spring break in an effort to reduce travel and the risk for COVID-19. “I know students are really missing spring break, and I’ve been waiting all winter to be able to call a snow day but no snow," Erickson said. Erickson said a second day off in April will be considered if students believe it would be helpful.
U-M students in Ann Arbor launch soap line in shape of states
Their idea was approved and Fifty State Suds was born. We are offering our three Michigan soaps for $5.99 a piece! A student holds up a Fifty State Suds Michigan bar on Main St. in downtown Ann Arbor. With periodic check-ins and energetic mentoring Dr. Fretz ensures each team has the best chance to reach their full potential. Related reading:U-M students work to bring Michigan’s first Waffle House to Ann ArborAdUniversity of Michigan students go viral with their Scrunchie ShotsClassmates help U-M student expand business helping older adults with tech during pandemic
Fitness industry leaders fear 1 in 5 Michigan gyms will close by 2022
The coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on nearly every industry, and one of the hardest-hit has been in-person fitness centers. Since the onset of the pandemic, a number of Michigan gyms have struggled to reopen -- particularly due to drops in membership and, of course, the summer’s back-and-forth legal battle with the state. Leaders of the Michigan Fitness Club Association (MFCA) say fitness centers are in rough shape. Officials believe it is likely that one in five gyms across the state will have to close by 2022. “There’s no reason to assume that brick and mortar will be supplanted by online fitness,” Rief said.
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The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. The views expressed in this article are those of the advertiser and do not necessarily reflect those of this site or affiliated companies. I feel safe when I’m there,” Annette said. AdFor those who love sports, the YMCA has many fun programs you can participate in to help you keep your 2021 resolutions on track. To learn more about all they have to offer, watch the full interview above, and click or tap here.
Ann Arbor YMCA invites community to join nationwide wellness challenge
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Starting Feb. 1, receive motivational texts as part of the Ann Arbor YMCA’s latest wellness challenge. For six weeks, community members can shake off winter blues with the free RESET challenge. They can join a Facebook community and hold themselves accountable with a printable tracking sheet available on the RESET website. During the challenge participants over the age of 18, who are not Y members, will be able to use the downtown Ann Arbor facility three times for free, according to a release from Ann Arbor YMCA. Related: Ann Arbor Rec & Ed offers new winter fitness, enrichment classes online
Hot yoga 101: Everything to know, bring, prepare yourself for -- before your first class
Regardless of whether you’re trying to tone your muscles, shed a few pounds before bathing suit season, get stronger or healthier overall or increase your flexibility, most doctors and health experts would likely agree: yoga is truly an incredible workout.
SmartAssest’s annual study names Ann Arbor fourth most fitness-friendly US city in 2021
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Ann Arbor is the fourth most fitness-friendly city in the United States for 2021, according to an annual study by SmartAsset. Here’s what the study said:With 67 fitness professionals per 10,000 workers, Tree Town had the second-highest rate of fitness professionals out of the metropolitan areas included in the study. The city had 112 fitness establishments per 10,000 establishments but only 7.4 percent of commuters walked or biked to work, ranking Ann Arbor 10th and 15th respectively. This is the second year that Ann Arbor has been in fourth place on the SmartAsset study, and its third time in the top ten. The top 10 cities are:Missoula, MT La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN Bend, OR Ann Arbor, MI Bloomington, IN Santacruz-Watsonville, CA Flagstaff, AZ Fort Collins, CO Boulder, CO Ithaca, NYFind the study here.
3 Easy things you can do for your health this holiday season
Nutrition and fitness expert, Jody Trierweiler, shares her advice for the three easiest things you can do for your health this holiday season. 1) Get enough sleepWe all hear it, “You should sleep 8 hours a night,” but how important is it really? As you sleep your body produces several things it needs, including antibodies to keep you from getting sick. Your metabolism isn’t the only thing that needs water; your body needs lots of water to help it do all of its functions. It is really important to take care of your mental health, so reach out to a professional for help if you need it.
Suffer from back pain? You may want to look down at your feet
If you suffer from back, hip or knee pain, you may want to look down at your feet. Why could my back, hip or knee pain come from my feet? If you supinate (meaning your ankles turn outward), or pronate (your ankles turn inward), there is extra strain put on your knees because your feet and ankles are not in alignment, Nadolski said. Amare actually tried one of these insoles for her hip pain and said the insole made a world of difference in just a few minutes. For more information on Fix My Feet Today, call 586-601-5988 or click or tap here.
Ann Arbor’s Workit Health raises $12 million in Series B funding round
Workit Health co-founders Robin McIntosh and Lisa McLaughlin. ANN ARBOR – Workit Health, a virtual provider of substance use disorder care, announced Tuesday it raised $12 million in its latest funding round led by FirstMark Capital. Workit Health serves individuals, employers and healthcare organizations with its evidence-based telemedicine addiction care. People at all stages of addiction recovery can access Workit’s nonjudgmental and personalized programs. “Robin and Lisa’s commitment to Workit Health’s success goes beyond what is typically described as mission-driven.
Hospice of Michigan, Arbor Hospice to hold Camp Good Grief virtually in August
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Ann Arbor-based Arbor Hospice and Hospice of Michigan are working together to offer this years Camp Good Grief online for free on Aug.15. Attendees at Virtual Camp Good Grief will have a chance to address their feelings, participate in grief education and emotional support activities, and interact with others going through similar experiences. Prior to Virtual Camp Good Grief, an education session for parents and guardians will be provided about the virtual format and about what children can expect during the camp. Arbor Hospice and Hospice of Michigan are both members of NorthStar Care Community and provide palliative care, emotional support services and pediatric hospice care among many other services. Learn more about Camp Good Grief here.
U-M researchers develop app to track sleep patterns during COVID-19 lockdowns
ANN ARBOR According to researchers at the University of Michigan, COVID-19 stay-at-home orders have impacted much more than our social lives - they have impacted our sleep patterns as well. The research team developed the free Social Rhythms iOS app to help users understand their own sleep rhythms and give tips on how to maximize sleep during extended periods of quarantine. Scientists are hoping that data generated by the app could shed light on lockdowns and circadian rhythms -- our internal clocks that regulate everything from sleep and wake time to eating and digestion. In short, many of us may be experiencing circadian disruption which could lead to fatigue, mood changes, changes in sleep patterns and decreased immune function, Forger added. What also is very unhealthy is some people are going to bed at 2 a.m. one day and then 8 p.m. the next day and midnight the next day, Forger said in a statement.
Enjoy the YMCA at home
The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. This article is sponsored by YMCA of Metropolitan DetroitHost Tati Amare spoke with Latitia McCree from YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit about their new programs and how the YMCA continues to help the community. The YMCA also offers free exercise videos to help you stay healthy while at home. The YMCA partnered with the creativity project to teach community members how to create sketch comedy. Watch the video to learn more about how YMCA is helping the community and for more on their programs visit their website ymcadetroit.org
Virtual triathlon to benefit Ann Arbors Food Gatherers throughout May
ANN ARBOR Ann Arbor-based Epic Races has had to shift its outdoor events dramatically since the coronavirus outbreak began at the onset of its busiest season. Considering the current times, the unique event replaces traditional swimming and cycling events with yoga and meditation. I wanted to create a virtual event that could feel as real as possible, Epic Races CEO Eva Solomon said in a news release. Those three disciplines would be challenging to do as a group online so we put a twist on it and created a triathlon event that consists of yoga, running, and meditation. To date, Epic Races has raised $3,141 -- equivalent to 9,423 meals -- for Washtenaw Countys premier food rescue organization through race entries and participant donations.
Even in the midst of a pandemic, we see the best in humanity
But it’s in these city and neighborhood groups where you might have noticed community members leaning on each other, so to speak. Maybe the note on community groups got you thinking of some good you’ve seen around town. Maybe you know of a friend -- or a friend of a friend -- spreading cheer or making masks or a beautiful grandparent-grandchild reunion that brought tears to your eyes. Perhaps you fixed up your house all spring and you think more people should see. Do you know of businesses, groups or individuals doing a little extra to help others?
How exactly does coronavirus spread?
This newest coronavirus, COVID-19, has been making headlines nonstop ever since it arrived in the United States. The virus has infected 110,000 people worldwide and killed around 3,900 — even though in the U.S., those numbers are much smaller, according to The Associated Press. There’s a lot to know about how to protect yourself from the coronavirus, but one of the most important things to know is how it spreads. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but it’s now spreading from person to person, health officials said. The CDC recommends keeping infected and possibly infected people quarantined so that the virus can’t spread anymore.
Fitness Friday: American Home Fitness
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – We’re back at American Home Fitness in Sterling Heights this week looking at some great stocking stuffers for the fitness lover in your life. This year, the fitness center is offering stocking stuffer bundles including a stability ball, foam roller and jump rope. American Home Fitness has plenty more gifts to put under the tree that would be great for any fitness fan.