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Good For You, Good For The Earth
Good For You, Good For The Earth


As we prepare to celebrate Earth Month this April, many of us will focus on making choices that improve the health of our planet.  An added bonus is that several strategies that shrink our carbon footprint can also help to shrink our waistlines.

Shrink or Share Your Portions – Starting with smaller portions has been shown to decrease the amount we eat – saving us important calories.  Smaller portions also tend to decrease the amount of food we end up throwing away.  This strategy is a win-win for the planet that both reduces waste and reduces the demands of producing more food than we really need.  When eating out, if small portions aren’t available, share dishes with friends.  You’ll get to taste a variety of foods without the added calories or waste.

Consider the Environment When Planning Your Meals – Registered Dietitian, Anne Maynard, at EHM Saline adds “You can lessen your environmental impact based on the foods you choose at each meal. The concept of ‘Meatless Monday’ has been around for years. Consider substituting seasoned lentils for ground beef in nearly any recipe, such as tacos, whole grain pasta with meat sauce, or shepherd’s pie. Lentils provide a texture and bulk similar to ground meat, are rich in protein & fiber, but require very little water and energy to produce in comparison to meats or fish.”

Small changes add up to make a big difference!




1. Freedman MR, Brochado C. Reducing portion size reduces food intake and plate waste. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2010 Sep;18(9):1864-6.




Shayna Stillwagon Interview

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Shayna Stillwagon, one of our many ROCKSTAR Employees. Read on to learn more about Shayna and her experience as an EHM Senior Solutions employee. ---

For over 15 years, Shayna Stillwagon has been a dedicated employee of EHM. We couldn’t be more thrilled to kick off our ROCKSTAR Employee initiative than with Shayna.

Interviewer: Melissa Walker begins the conversation.

Melissa Walker: Good afternoon, Shayna. Thank you for taking a bit of your time to share with us about your EHM journey. So, let’s dive right in. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Shayna Stillwagon: Well, I’m 31 years old and I live in Britton, MI. I was born and pretty much raised there. We moved away a couple of times, but I always came back. I have 3 daughters: Elizabeth 11, Sara 6, and Abigail 4.

Melissa: Sounds like you have your hands full! But, I’m sure you wouldn’t have it any other way! Ok, so tell us something interesting that we don’t know about you!

Shayna: I love cosplay, I’m a huge nerd.

[INSERT: For those who may not know what cosplay is, it is the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime.]

Melissa: Oh wow! How interesting! I’ve never done anything like that before but, I know it’s very popular! So, tell us how long you’ve been with EHM, and I heard it through the grapevine that you family who works here to?

Shayna: Yes, I do. My mom is a housekeeper and has been for 20 years, my sister is also a CNA here and my Dad used to work here back in the day!

Melissa: Wow, it is truly a family affair! It’s so humbling to know that EHM has been such a huge part of your family.

Shayna: Yes. So, for me, I began here about 15 years old. I started in the kitchen when I was 16, then after high school I joined the Navy. After my time of service, I came back to work in the kitchen for another 5 years. I did a little moving for about 5 years and came back. Then, I came back to work in housekeeping and now I’m a CNA.

Melissa: What an interesting journey you’ve had with EHM. How wonderful is it to know you always have a place with an employer?  It becomes more than work but like family! Very good! Okay, so tell us how EHM has affected your life?

Shayna: EHM is like family to me, they have been supportive through every journey I go through, from joining the Navy to becoming a CNA, and I know they will be right beside me as I continue my education to become a RN. They help me help others with my passion. I love helping others that are in need, no matter how big or how small the job is!

Melissa: Shayna, that is beautiful. It’s a testament to the values of this company! EHM values the whole person and you are just one of the many stories that share this same sentiment! Okay, so last question. Share with us an amazing experience you’ve had since working with EHM.

Shayna: I could come up with so many over the many years I’ve worked here. But I think one of the ones that has touched me the most is this one: There was a resident who I loved to visit with, he would always tell me stories about his time of service during WWII. When I told him, I was joining the Navy after high school he was so excited because he was also in the Navy. He would always tell everyone he was the reason I was joining the Navy. When I shipped out he would always ask my mom (who is also and EHM employee) how I was doing. After boot camp and anytime I came home on leave I would make sure to come in and visit him. Fast forward to Thanksgiving, I was set to come home on leave, he had been asking as usual when I was coming home next. So, when I got in, I paid him a visit. He passed the next day. His care for me and my wellbeing touched me. He was like family to me, I feel like I he was waiting to see me one last time.

There have been quite a few residents that have really touched me and left a lasting mark that I will never forget.

Melissa: Wow, Shayna. That is so touching. We often never get the opportunity to reflect on how those we serve touch our lives. Thank you for sharing! We appreciate and value all that you bring to the EHM family. Thank you for taking time out of your busy scheduled to chat with us, have a wonderful day!

Well, this has been the first of many interviews with our ROCKSTAR employees. If you liked what you read, and wish to congratulate Shayna Stillwagon please email us: Until next time, be well. 

Recharge Your Resolutions
Recharge Your Resolutions

Recharge Your Resolutions

Did you start the year out with big resolutions to improve your health?  Have some of them started to slip?  March is National Nutrition Month and a perfect time to recharge your resolutions.

Be realistic – setting big health-related goals can be motivating but if the goals are too lofty it can backfire.  Instead of setting yourself up for failure with goals that are too hard to reach, consider breaking them into steps.  For example, if you need to eat more vegetables, becoming a vegan may be too big of a first step.  Instead, start with the flexitarian approach of choosing some meat-free meals each week.  Need ideas for realistic goals? has a section on starting with small changes and celebrating them as “My Plate, My Wins.”

Consistency vs. Perfection - When it comes to your health, what you do most of the time is more important than the occasional slip.  If you have been working on eating less sugar and indulged in a big dessert over the weekend, let it go and get back on track.  One off day doesn’t change all of the good you accomplished on the other days.  When it comes to eating and other behaviors, aim for consistency instead of perfection.

A goal without a plan is just a wish – Anne, Clinical Dietitian at EHM Senior Solutions Saline, recommends “If you feel yourself falling short on New Year’s resolutions, take time to reevaluate your strategy. Make a plan for success by mapping out the tasks you need to complete for the week in order to make progress toward your goal. Whether you’re setting out to increase your vegetable intake, taking time to meditate, or working more physical activity into your day, be sure to plan ahead for success.”

For recipes and other tips, visit


Go Red! Celebrate Your Health
Go Red! Celebrate Your Health

Go Red!

February is American Heart Month and on February 2nd, the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health celebrate National Wear Red Day to bring attention to the number one killer of women, heart disease. 


Celebrate Your Health!

When it comes to heart health, there are some changes that pack a big punch.  Celebrate your health and the health of others in you life by making these strategies a priority:

• Move More.  The more active you are, the better you will feel and the lower your risk for heart disease will be.  All activity sounds, so don't skip it if you are short on time.  Ten minutes, three times a day is enough to make a difference.

• Eat more of the good stuff.  Registered Dietitian at EHM Senior Solutions in Saline, MI, Rebecca Round recommends "One way to “eat more of the good stuff” is by drinking green smoothies. They are a fast and easy way to get your veggies in the morning. Smoothies are portable which makes them the perfect breakfast for a person on the go. Just mix yogurt with frozen fruits and green leafy vegetables and blend till smooth. Add flax or chia seeds to add more fiber and heart healthy antioxidants. There’s no limit to the combinations of smoothie flavors, so let your imagination run wild. If you’re not a person who likes to experiment, the internet is a great source of recipes for those new to the green smoothie craze. So raise a glass of the “green” stuff and drink to your heart health!"

• Eat less of the not so good stuff.  Foods that are high in sodium (salt), trans or saturated fat, and added sugar such as bacon or packaged snacks and desserts, increase your heart disease risk and should be reduced.  

• Know where you stand - not all risk factors are obvious and some developing heart symptoms have no symptoms at all.  Check in with your doctor regularly to see what your personal heart disease risk is.  

Check out the American Heart Association to learn more at


2018 Crain's Book of Lists

We're elated to be listing in the 2018 Crain's Book of Lists! This year are listed as the 11th largest nonprofit in Michigan!


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2017 Crain's Book of Lists

We're thrilled! EHM Senior Solutions was listed as the 14th largest nonprofit in Michigan by Crain's!


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Creating a Real-Life Video Experience for Individuals Facing Memory Loss

Creating a Real-Life Video Experience
for Individuals Facing Memory Loss

Quality of Life/Satisfaction with Care and Services

Organization Name
Evangelical Homes of Michigan Senior Solutions (“EHM”)

Organization Type
Diverse Long Term and Post-Acute Provider; offering an array of home based services and technology solutions via four (4) subsidiaries to over 6000 older adults annually.

It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L) is a national technology provider focused on client engagement and life enriching experiences for persons with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and generalized memory impairment through the use of multiple technologies designed with the end-user in mind, including, but not limited to care providers dealing with individuals with memory loss, family and friends who are seeking meaningful interaction and relationships, and most importantly, the client who is seeking meaningful interactions as their own disease progresses.

Other Partner
Saline Area Schools

Organization Description

EHM is known for its innovative and technology-advanced programs targeted to serve individuals with memory loss or memory impairment.
EHM’s Memory Support Center at Brecon Village, its Cottage Homes, as well as its Dottie Crim Adult Day Center in Saline, Michigan, strive to
normalize the aging process and the impact of declining memory for the one in eight Washtenaw County individuals over the age of 65 that are faced with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Since 2010, these programs have remained at full capacity, caring for nearly 800 individuals affected by memory impairment. The individuals served since the memory support opened in 2010 are primarily residents of Washtenaw County and, in particular, the city of Saline. With its full array of services and solutions, EHM serves 6000 seniors and their families on an annual basis.

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New Food, New Me
New Food, New Me

 New Food, New Me

Are you looking for a New Year’s resolution that can be good for you AND fun?  Challenge yourself to try new foods!  Regardless of how old you are, it is possible to discover new foods or discover a new liking for a food you thought you didn’t enjoy.

Mix it up – foods often take on very different flavors depending on how they were prepared.  This is especially true for vegetables, which most of us should be resolving to eat more of.  Raw Spinach in a salad has a very different flavor than sautéed spinach.  Texture can also change with preparation and can be a big factor in whether or not we like a food.  Some people enjoy the crunch of a raw carrot, but do not enjoy the soft feel of a cooked carrot.  Flavor combinations will also impact whether or not we like a given food.  Give different herbs, spices and sauces a try on any food you are trying.

Try, try and try again – you have probably heard the idea of exposing children to food multiple times before deciding that they do or don’t like it.  This same approach may work with adults as well.  Don’t give up on a food the first time you try it.  Simply becoming more familiar with a food may increase the chances that you will like it.  It is also important to remember that factors beyond flavor can impact your reaction to a food.  The setting, the way the food is presented and even who you are with when you try it could influence your preferences. 

Make it Social -  EHM Registered Dietitian, Dana Lutz, offers the following advice, when eating out with friends or family, order a new item to share in addition to your meal. Recipes are developed based on all the different foods’ flavors. Instead of omitting items from meals you order out, try the meal as is. Are you on social media? Post pictures of your new favorite foods and share within your network. You can be the inspiration to others, too!


Party Like A Pro!
Party Like  A Pro!

With end of the year holiday parties popping up all around you it may seem like sticking to your health goals will be impossible.  We asked our registered dietitians (RDs) to share their tips for enjoying party season without sacrificing your well-being.

Before the Party

Our Registered Dietitian, Rebecca Round, reviews a few tips for party planning “Eating healthy during holiday party season can be a challenge.  Spicing up that usually boring veggie tray can be a great way to ensure that you and your guests are still getting something nutritious.  Some tips include using veggies not normally seen on a traditional veggie tray like endive or marinated mushrooms. Blanch a few types of vegetables for those guests that don’t enjoy their veggies raw, this is especially good for broccoli or asparagus. Keep greens or stems on some veggies to create visual interest. Ditch that ho-hum platter for a unique serving dish that will draw attention to the vegetables like a colorful cutting board or glass bowl. Lastly, offer more than just one dip that will compliment a variety of vegetables and keep your guests coming back for more.”

During the Party

Our Registered Dietitian, Dao Tran, recommends “to prevent overeating, be mindful when selecting foods from buffet lines.  It’s helpful to see what’s available by browsing the buffet line first before filling your plate.  Once decided, you can head for those items.  Also, to minimize the temptation of second and third helpings, take the time to enjoy each bite of food.  Eat slowly and try to put your fork or plate down between bites.  Don’t forget to drink water!  Always have water nearby, even if you are drinking other beverages, keep your body hydrated!”


Eat Right, Live Well: More than Just Sugar
Eat Right, Live Well: More than Just Sugar

Eat Right, Live Well: More than Just Sugar

Many people go to the doctor and hear that their “sugar is a little high” and wonder if that means diabetes.  While many things can cause your blood sugar to be higher than it should, diabetes or being at risk for diabetes (sometimes called pre-diabetes) is a major reason.  The good news is that for many people, diabetes* can be prevented by making a few healthy changes – the same changes that can also work to control diabetes if you already have it. 

Eat Well: Eating well does not mean simply avoiding sugar.  We need a healthy balance of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fasts.  Eating regular meals and snacks throughout the day, instead of skipping some meals and going overboard on others can also work wonders on balancing your blood sugar. Our Registered Dietitian, Dana Lutz, suggests “Many people like to finish their meal with a sweet item.  As an RD, I like to incorporate naturally sweetened foods like fruit as a dessert.  Adding fresh mint to berries is a satisfying combination.  Remember to read the nutrition label on packaged foods to know how the total amount of carbohydrates is in each portion.”

Move More: Getting 30 minutes of physical activity, at least five days per week, has been shown to help prevent or delay diabetes*.  Those 30 minutes don’t have to be spend doing unpleasant activities to see the benefits.  Pick something you like, do it at a moderate in intensity and stick with it.  If your schedule is tight, you can even break it into three 10 minute blocks throughout the day.



1. National Diabetes Education Program, a partnership of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public and private organizations. Accessed 9/6/17 at

2. 2015 Diabetes Types 1 and 2 Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Evidence Analysis Library®. Available at

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