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Steal This Idea: Company Promotes Wellness with Mobile Stress Solutions Truck

Companies of all sizes are focusing on workplace wellness, investing in a variety of approaches to provide a positive, healthy environment for its employees and to encouraging healthy lifestyles among all of their workers. BNP Media recently began working with MeditationWorks — a mobile stress solutions truck — as a way to promote positivity and […]

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Tech Firm Adds Fundraising Component to Popular March Madness Party

Bringing your employees together to socialize and bond as a company is a great idea. Adding a way to raise funds for a great cause is even better. For the 12th consecutive year, Grand Rapids-based technology firm Open Systems Technologies commemorated the opening day of NCAA Basketball’s March Madness tournament with a party for 1,000 […]

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Laugh Your Way to Inspiration!

Did you know there is scientific research that shows laughter–even if induced or “fake”–can increase blood flow, burn calories, and release endorphins for physical, mental and emotional health? Laughter can also engage the right side of the brain, enabling creativity and problem solving to flow! Laughter Yoga sessions are one of the many activities Ability […]

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Why Volunteering is Beneficial to Your Employees’ Health

Volunteering – whether it is tutoring, serving at a soup kitchen or gardening at a community center – is a gratifying experience that can also lead to better health. According to a Harvard Medical School study, people who regularly volunteer are rewarded with better physical and mental health. Another study conducted by Johns Hopkins University […]

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Local Produce and Healthy Recipes Offer a Way to Prep for Spring

Finding local produce to suit those healthy 2017 resolutions can be a challenge during Michigan winters. Co-owners Kiki Louya and Rohani Foulkes of The Farmer’s Hand in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood make it easier to find with healthy, all-local, Michigan-focused produce and more. Winter is a difficult time for Michigan farmers, noted Foulkes, many of whom […]

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Workshop to Give Small-Business Owners a Sharper Skill Set for Growth

It takes one set of skills to open a business – but keeping it going typically requires an entirely new skill base that needs regular maintenance and investment. That’s where the the 2017 Small Business Workshop comes in. Now in its third year, the Small Business Workshop will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 1 […]

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‘The Juice Lady’ Says Mocktails are a Great Treat for Body and Mind

With warmer temperatures on the way, people may be looking to lose weight, try new things and prepare for summer fashion. That is where a refreshing drink option called a mocktail comes in. Mocktails are non- alcoholic cocktails, and they are a favorite of “The Juice Lady,” or Cherie Calbom, MSN. Calbom, a longtime juice […]

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Deaf Entrepreneurs are Enjoying the Benefits of a Technological Evolution

Largely enabled by the advances in technology and resources, deaf entrepreneurs interested in taking on the challenge of starting a new company have more options than ever. With technology, deaf entrepreneurs can start their own business, whether it’s an accounting firm, a bakery down the street or even a yoga studio, without few complications, according […]

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DTE’s Superhero

  Since 2011, Todd Turfe, a multicultural specialist at DTE Energy, has been dressing up as favorite superhero characters and volunteering his time to visit kids in hospitals all across the metro Detroit area. On a typical day, Turfe’s superhero persona meets with 15-20 children, who are suffering from ailments ranging from broken bones to pneumonia […]

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After All These Years, Four Tops Singer Says He Still Loves His Job

The story of The Four Tops – one of Detroit’s most legendary musical groups – starts when Abdul “Duke” Fakir was eight years old. It is a story of unity, friendship and professionalism that ranks The Four Tops among the rare group of singing superstars that stayed together for decades. Together, The Four Tops created […]

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Longtime Retailer Going Through Huge Renovations, New Store Openings

Some names are legendary in retail, and when you hear them you instantly think you know everything about those stores. A good example is Mr. Alan’s, a longtime sneaker and sports-apparel chain. But today’s Mr. Alan’s is a far different place than it used to be when it was founded more than 40 years ago. […]

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Steal This Idea: Hold a Career Open House to Introduce Your Company to Workers

Every office tries to be a “fun” place where there is a good mix of work, great co-workers and a relaxed atmosphere that celebrates teamwork. So if you want a mix ice-cream socials, mentorship for new hires, lifelong learning and cool HR practices like a casual dress code, Stefanini is looking for you. Stefanini, a […]

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Four Reasons Why Your Company Should Try Virtual Care

Virtual care, or telemedicine, is rapidly growing in health care because it is convenient, time-efficient and affordable for many businesses. According to the American Telemedicine Association, more than half of all U.S. hospitals currently have a telemedicine program and by 2017, about 70 percent of employer’s plans will offer telemedicine services as an employee benefit. […]

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Steal This Idea: Employees Control Donations Through Pay It Forward Program

If your company is wondering how to increase employee interest in its community-reach programs, one business has come up with a novel approach to getting donations and higher participation. Last year, Troy-based United Shore donated more than $150,000 to strengthen the Metro Detroit community – and 100 percent of the decisions were made by the […]

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Five Must-Try Business Lunch Locations That Focus on Fresh and Healthy

Tired of going out and eating the same old stuff with co-workers or potential clients? Then you need to try someplace new to break the routine and spark some fresh ideas. Here are some of Metro Detroit’s most popular and newest eateries that also serve great food. You can eat in these locations or take […]

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How to Get the Biggest Bang for your Buck with Meal-Delivery Kits

From innovative start-up concept to billion-dollar industry, meal-kit delivery services are an increasingly popular option for those looking to reduce the stress of nightly meal preparation. But health-conscious consumers should know what to look for before committing to a program, recommends Shannon Szeles, registered dietitian-nutritionist for Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. “Eating healthy, through one of […]

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Unique Workplace Mentoring Program Allows Students and Employees to Share Work and Life Experiences

  Comcast hosts the BBBS Beyond School Walls workplace mentoring program. Twenty-nine Comcast employees are matched with and mentor 29 Southfield McIntyre Elementary students during the school year. The Comcast “Bigs” and student “Littles” meet twice per month at a different Comcast office location.  

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Employee Wellness: Tips to Encourage Your Team to Take Advantage of Their Health Plan

Deductibles. Premiums. Co-pays. These might seems like the basics of health care today, but many employees may not understand the lingo. The question is: Do your employees take advantage of or understand all the benefits your health plan has to offer? According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, four in 10 people don’t know basic […]