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HAP Balanced Living

Since 2013, HAP Balanced Living has been providing health and wellness information right to the homes of HAP members as a print magazine.  Now expanding digitally, HAP’s Balanced Living blog will continue its commitment to helping you live a balanced life.  We’ll feature stories about moving more, eating right, managing your health, understanding your plan and how to get involved in the community.

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Contributor since May 16, 2016

288 posts

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Did you lose your employer-sponsored health plan? Learn your options

COVID-19 is causing employers to make tough choices, and sadly, layoffs are on the rise. HAP is here to help you understand your health care options. We can help you find the right one for you and your family.

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Feeling Isolated? Here’s How to Cope with Loneliness

You’re not alone, even though it might feel like it.Read More

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Jump Start Your Workout with STEMs (Exercise 5 of 12)

Sitting Thoracic Extension Movements, also known as STEMs, stretch your upper back and help ease tension in your head and neck.Read More

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Back on Track – How The 5K Challenge Changed Carol’s Life

Thanks to HAP’s 5K Challenge, Carol Arseneault rediscovered running – and the health benefits it brings.Read More

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Jump Start Your Workout with the Side Stepping Stretch (Exercise 7 of 12)

The Side Stepping Stretch stretches the big muscles of the glutes and thighs and warms up the ankles and hips.Read More


Jump Start Your Workout with the Plank Stretch (Exercise 8 of 12)

The Plank Stretch activates your core muscles and strengthens your abdominals and back.Read More

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Jump Start Your Workout with the Downward Dog Stretch (Exercise 10 of 12)

The Downward Dog Stretch can relieve back pain and help you relax.Read More

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How Former U-M Football Star Marc Ramirez Tackled Diabetes

At 6 feet 2 inches and 305 pounds, you may think nothing could stop Marc Ramirez. Until facing diabetes, the former right guard for the University of Michigan thought so, too.Read More

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New Nature Lovers – An Outside Chance at Better Health

We’re getting outside less—and it’s hurting everyone, especially kids. Here’s how to fix it.Read More

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Jump Start Your Workout with the Triangle Pose (Exercise 4 of 12)

The Triangle Pose stretches the muscles at the back of your legs and thighs while helping to level your shoulders.Read More

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