Healthy Dearborn Fun Healthy Resources – April 2021

Physical Activity

It’s national lawn and garden month, which means it is getting warmer outside! Enjoy the nice weather with this fun, OUTDOOR scavenger hunt with a chance to win prizes!


Healthy eating involves taking control of how much and what types of food you eat, as well as the beverages you drink. Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables. Dark green, red, and orange vegetables have high levels of the nutrients you need, like vitamin C, calcium, and fiber. Adding tomato and spinach—or any other available greens that you like—to your sandwich is an easy way to get more veggies in your meal. Check out the CDC’s BAM! Dining Decisions App to see how healthy you can make your plate!

Covid Resources:

Patients age 16 and up with an active myBeaumontChart account can sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine through Beaumont’s Save My Shot program. When you meet the State of Michigan’s criteria for vaccination and appointments are available, we will email you an invitation to schedule your appointment. Invitations will be sent based on prioritization and in order of registration. If you do not meet the current state criteria for vaccination, you can still complete the Save My Shot registration process. You will be placed on a waiting list until you become eligible. All vaccination appointments must be scheduled through myBeaumontChart. Walk-ins are not permitted.

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Healthy Dearborn: Healthy, Fun Resources – March 2021

Physical Activity 

Physical activity is just as important as eating right. Healthy students are better learners and getting enough daily physical activity can improve your academic achievement and mental well-being. Remember to build in several quick physical activity breaks throughout your day. Some examples of how to do this include: 

  • Getting active with videos, games or apps. Check out: 


Did you know it’s National Nutrition Month? This is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to invite everyone to learn more about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.  Learn more about it HERE 

A fun activity to celebrate National Nutrition Month. Print the quiz & the answer key HERE 

Covid Resources: 

Debunking Common Myths About COVID-19 Vaccines 

Beaumont experts help set the record straight on some common COVID-19 vaccine myths that can undermine the science and research that went into the development.  

Here are some common coronavirus vaccine myths and the truth behind each: 

Myth: The vaccine was rushed, so it’s probably not safe. 

Fact: The United States Food and Drug Administration closely monitored research by Pfizer and Moderna as the two companies worked toward a vaccine. The research suggests both vaccines have very little, if any, side effects, and is approximately 95% effective. 

Additionally, the FDA has rigorous scientific and regulatory processes in place to facilitate development and ensure the safety, effectiveness and quality of COVID-19 vaccines. 

In addition, Beaumont Health established a Vaccine Review Subcommittee comprised of experts in Infection Prevention, Research, Nursing and Pharmacy that will review all available data and make a recommendation to the Vaccine Steering Committee about proceeding to offer vaccine to employees, physicians and the community. Beaumont is committed to ensuring any vaccine provided to employees and the community is deemed safe by our expert panel. 

Myth: Delays or pauses in the process meant trials weren’t going well. 

Fact: Every scientific process, including creating vaccines, can have pauses or delays, but it doesn’t mean trials aren’t going well. Pauses or delays mean the safety system in place is working as it should, which is reassuring. 

Earlier this year, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca paused COVID-19 vaccination clinical trials in an overabundance of caution for the safety of volunteers. They have since resumed the trials. 

Myth: I don’t want the COVID-19 virus injected into my body. 

Fact: The COVID-19 vaccine does not use dead or weakened strains of coronavirus. mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are a new type of vaccine to protect against infectious diseases. To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real COVID-19 virus enters our bodies. 

Myth: It’s safe for me to get vaccinated, but not my family. I don’t want the vaccine to get my family sick. 

Fact: Receiving a vaccine will not make other people sick. Additionally, because the COVID-19 vaccination does not use any form of the virus, either in a dead or weakened state, any risk which might have been a possibility in transmitting COVID-19 to family or friends is not plausible.  

Myth: I’ll get the first round of vaccine, but I won’t need the second. 

Fact: There are some viruses and some bacteria that we vaccinate against and one dose of the vaccine just doesn’t provide full immunity to prevent illness. Priming your immune system with the first dose allows it to react to it once, create some memory and then when you get exposed to it a second time through the second vaccination, it really develops that full, long-term memory. 

Myth: If I get vaccinated for COVID-19, I’ll be more vulnerable to illnesses. 

Fact: While the COVID-19 vaccine will work to teach your immune system to recognize and protect against coronavirus, it is not proven to make you vulnerable to other illnesses. You may experience the typical sore arm, slight fever or aches, but that’s a sign your immune system is active and getting ready to protect you against COVID-19, if necessary. 

Myth: Because vaccines are available, the pandemic is over. 

Fact: According to the CDC, while experts learn more about the protection COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least six feet away from others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. 

Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision. 

Myth: The vaccine changes your DNA. 

Fact: The vaccine does not change your DNA. It’s called an mRNA vaccine, which is a type of vaccine that causes your cells to make an inactive part of virus that triggers an immune response. That immune response is what protects us from getting infected if the real COVID-19 virus enters our bodies. 


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Healthy Dearborn: Fun & Healthy Resources

Physical Activity

February is American Heart Month! Check out our heart healthy activities to get moving! You can learn more about physical activity opportunities and content provided by Dearborn SHINES and LAHC by scanning the QR codes: 

Our physical activity for Heart Month will certainly keep your heart pumping!

How Hard Does Your Heart Beat?

You can easily check your pulse on the inside of your wrist, below your thumb, or on the side of your neck where your carotid artery is. Gently place 2 fingers, usually your index and middle fingers of your other hand on this artery. Count the beats for 30 seconds, and then double the result to get the number of beats per minute. Ex: I counted 36 in 30 seconds so my resting heart rate is 72 beats per minute. Write it down on your sheet of paper. Check your pulse while sitting down, then try some of these exercises to get your heart pumping. Check your pulse after to see how much your heart is beating after exercising!

Running in place

Jogging in place

Jumping Jacks

High Knees

Jumping in place



Check out this website for more information about American Heart Month and leading a healthy lifestyle:   


February is American Heart Month. Our hearts need healthy food to function properly. A heart-healthy lifestyle starts with healthy food choices. Choosing certain foods, like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and protein rich foods is a great start to keeping your heart healthy. Examples of these foods include:

  • Fruits and Vegetables: apples, bananas, oranges, pears, leafy greens (spinach, collard greens, kale), broccoli, carrots
  • Whole grains: oatmeal, brown rice, whole-grain bread
  • Low-fat dairy: milk, cheese, yogurt
  • Protein: fish, turkey, chicken, eggs, nuts, legumes

A fun, heart healthy snack you can make at home is a Fruity Smoothie.


  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 cup strawberry yogurt
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen unsweetened strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries


In a blender, combine all ingredients; cover and process until smooth. Pour into chilled glasses; serve immediately.

Covid Resources:

Getting the appropriate care during these times is very important. See the recommendations below from the CDC about doctor visits and getting medicine.

Talk to your doctor online, by phone, or e-mail

  • Use telemedicine, if available, or communicate with your doctor or nurse by phone or e-mail.
  • Talk to your doctor about rescheduling procedures that are not urgently needed.

If you must visit in-person, protect yourself and others

  • If you think you have COVID-19, notify the doctor or healthcare provider before your visit and follow their instructions.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when you have to go out in public.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others while inside and in lines.
  • When paying, use touchless payment methods if possible. If you cannot use touchless payment, sanitize your hands after paying with card, cash, or check. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home.

Limit in-person visits to the pharmacy

  • Plan to order and pick up all your prescriptions at the same time.
  • If possible, call prescription orders in ahead of time. Use drive-thru windows, curbside services (wait in your car until the prescription is ready), mail-order, or other delivery services. Do the same for pet medicine.
  • Check with your doctor and pharmacist to see if you can get a larger supply of your medicines so you do not have to visit the pharmacy as often.

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