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Diabetes-Friendly Thanksgiving Ideas

Enjoying food-centered holidays can be a real challenge for people with diabetes but there are ways to make these traditional gatherings more diabetes-friendly.

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4 Tips to Handle Halloween Candy in a Healthy Way 

The average kid is likely going to consume between 3,500 and 7,000 calories from candy on Halloween. This is the equivalent of up to three cups of sugar. -- and can be hard for kids to brush off of their teeth. Here are some tips to navigate the sugar rush of Halloween, and how to keep kids' teeth clean and healthy.

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Safety Hacks for Pumpkin Carving

Knife-related hand injuries soar around Halloween for kids and teens. Here are some safety hacks for pumpkin carving.

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Brain Foods for Studying and Exams

The brain is a highly active organ that requires a healthy supply of energy and micronutrients to function at its best.

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Michigan Bucket List: U-Pick Pumpkin Patches 

Pumpkin patches are a fall treat in Michigan. Find a good one, then stay for a wagon ride, eat a donut and do a little pumpkin bowling.

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Navigating Conversations with Children About Obesity 

Building healthy habits at home is a great way to teach children and teens behaviors that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

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What is Malnutrition?

Malnutrition doesn’t just mean undernutrition, when you’re not eating enough nutrient-rich food. It can also mean overnutrition.

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Top 5 Red Flags in Friendships

Recognizing and addressing the red flags in a friendship can be crucial to your mental and physical well-being. Start an open dialogue with your friend if you encounter these five red flags.

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10 Healthy and Fun Michigan-Inspired Snacks for Your Kids

Activities with children – whether playing in the backyard or exploring your community – are never complete without snack time. Here are some tasty, healthy snacks that will keep your little ones energized throughout the day.

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Sun Protection Needs by Age

Should our sun safety practices change as we get older? Here are sun protection tips by age.

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Healthy Out-of-the-lunch-box Ideas for Kids

Different food groups provide vital nutrients to fuel a child’s day. Here’s how to get at least three of the five groups into your child’s lunch.

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5 Fun and Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Involved in Cooking

Want to sharpen your child’s cooking skills early? These easy, creative tips can make for a fun family experience in the kitchen.

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Is It Healthier Than a Cookie? Granola Bars Carry Hidden Sugars 

Is reaching for a granola bar a healthier choice than a couple cookies? Here’s how reading a label can help.

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How to Keep Kids Healthy During Summer Sports Practice 

Summertime can be a busy season for kids and sports. Here’s a few tips to keep active kids healthy.

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How to Spot Common Food Allergies in Children

Offices, classrooms and even restaurants often have signs that warn of food allergies. Here’s how parents can stay ahead of them.

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Finding Relief: Who to Talk to When Allergies Strike

Learn how to spot the telltale signs of a new allergy’s development and where to go to receive qualified care and advice.

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A Week of Healthy, Easy School Lunches

Need inspiration for balanced school lunches? These easy options have all the nutrients kids need and some take just a few minutes to make.

Improve your communication skills at home with these 5 tips
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5 Easy Ways To Improve Your Speech at Home

Practice speaking clearly with these 5 easy speech techniques to help you feel more confident.

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5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Preschooler Healthy

Keeping your preschooler healthy can be difficult. Check out these simple reminders to help strengthen their immune system and teach healthy habits.

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Understanding Autism in Children

Autism affects the way a person communicates and interacts with others. It does not affect all people equally, rather there are varying degrees of severity.

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Race to Recess: How Unstructured Play Helps Kids

One-third of children are overweight or obese, leaving room for a host of other health complications. So what can be done to help?

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A Parent’s Guide to Dietary Discussions

Knowing how to talk to a child about their health is key to empowering them to make smart choices. Here are tips on how to start a dialogue.

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Who’s Caring for the Caregivers?

Taking care of a sick or elderly family members is an extremely noble act. But be careful not to abandon your own self care.

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Fight Childhood Obesity with Go, Glow and Grow Foods

The typical American diet favors convenience foods over health. The “go, glow and grow foods” concept can help kids make healthier choices.

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What You Need to Know About Measles

Cases of the measles have been down in the United States since 2019, but the infectious viral disease should still be taken seriously.

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8 Things You Should Know About the Flu Shot

The flu vaccine is effective, does not cause the flu, and affects children and adults differently. Here are some other facts to know in order to stay protected.

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Helping Children Get Acquainted with a New School

A new school can be a hard transition for children, tweens and teens to navigate. Read up on ways to help your child build confidence this school year.

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5 Sun Safety Myths Debunked

These common sun safety misconceptions and facts can reduce your family’s risk of skin damage and other sun-related health hazards.

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Table Talks: Discussing Dad Life

Fatherhood poses unique challenges for men. From raising children to keeping themselves healthy, parenting is unlike any other experience.

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Strawberry Picking in Michigan: Why You Should Go & Tips For When You Do

Fresh Michigan strawberries are a wonderful summer treat, especially when you pick them yourself!

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Autism Awareness Month: Jonathan’s Story

A Michigan mom shares the story of her family’s journey with autism and how she wants more understanding for people like her son.

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What Age and How Often Should Kids Get an Eye Exam?

Visiting the eye doctor may seem intimidating, especially to kids, but it could make all the difference when testing for visual development and abnormalities.

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Toy Safety 101: Kid-Friendly Checklist

Are your child's toys safe? Each year, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized due to toy-related injuries.

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How to Help Your Child Make Healthy Eating Choices at School

How can you help kids make healthy choices when they buy lunch? It’s important to educate children on nutrition and how to make healthy decisions on their own.

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Back-to-School: Backpack Health

As kids bring more and more home in their backpacks, make sure their backs stay healthy and strong by following these guidelines.

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How to Teach Kids to Love Healthy Fats 

Kids are bombarded with advertisements for unhealthy food. Here’s how to teach them to love healthy fats.

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Immunization 101: The vaccines your child needs to stay healthy

August is National Immunization Awareness Month and we’re reminding parents about the immunizations that their kids need to stay healthy.

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Bug off: Protect your family from insect bites this summer

Whether camping in the woods or gardening in the backyard, there will likely be mosquitos or ticks. Learn the best way to protect your family from bug bites.

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Differences in Chronic Asthma and Exercise-Induced Asthma in Children

Does your child suffer from chronic asthma or exercise-induced asthma? Read more to find out how you can help manage their symptoms.

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Fit Like Fido: 5 Healthy Habits You Can Learn From Your Dog

Your dog might slobber and snore, but it also lives a pretty healthy life. Here’s how to find inspiration from your pup to live your healthiest life.

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The Joy of an Intimate, At-Home NYE Celebration

This New Year’s Eve will be different, but it doesn’t have to be any less fun. Here are some ideas for couples and families.

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Activities for Holiday Fun with Your Kids

Children make the holidays brighter. Make sure you set aside some special activities just for them.

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Is It Possible to Keep Holiday Traditions Alive This Year?

Big holiday gatherings are seen as high-risk in this COVID-19 era, so families are looking for new ways to keep traditions at the forefront.

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Keep Kids Safe This Holiday: 6 Household Hazards to Avoid

If you’re celebrating this holiday season with babies, toddlers, or small children, you’ll want to take extra precautions to keep them safe.

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How to Prepare Kids for a Different Kind of Holiday

Holidays will be different for many families this year. Helping children understand why and picking new ways to make them festive will make the difference.

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Recognizing and Managing Learning Disabilities in Students

Hear from Dr. Amy McKenzie on how to recognize and cope with students who are struggling with a learning disability.

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Talking About Your Family’s Mental Health History

Finding out which mental health disorders could be in your family tree might take a little detective work but can be valuable information for your own health.

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Talking to Kids About the Dangers of Drinking and Drugged Driving

Many children learn about alcohol and drugs a lot earlier than parents anticipate so having conversations about drinking and drugged driving is important.

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4 Ways to Keep Anxiety Out of Your Holiday Planning

COVID-19 is putting a twist in holiday plans this year. But a little prep work ahead of time will make this year’s celebrations smoother.

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Ideas to Keep the Family Connected this Holiday Season

From virtual chats decked out in your holiday best, to recipe swaps of your family’s favorites, there are ways to celebrate together while apart this season.

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Child Safety and Protection Month

November is Child Safety and Protection Month. It was created to raise awareness about the potential dangers that children face each and every day.

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How to Work STEM/STEAM Lessons in at Home Using Household Items

You can encourage your children to do STEM/STEAM projects with things already in your kitchen, pantry and bathroom cupboards.

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5 Healthy Desserts Your Kids Will Actually Love

A sweet or savory treat can be healthy with the right recipe. Check out a few of our favorite lighter-but-still-delicious treats.

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The Importance of Kids Keeping Up with Friends During the Pandemic

Connections to friends are important for children’s development and mental health.

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Alternative Ways to Celebrate Halloween at Home

Health officials recommend we don’t trick-or-treat in the traditional way, but there are some safer alternatives.

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Making Halloween Special, Spooky – and Safe!

While Halloween can still hold plenty of spooky fun for all, a few safety modifications will ensure everyone stays healthy and safe.

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Managing COVID-19 Disappointments for Kids 

Many children may be feeling disappointed with their current experience. There are ways to help guide children through their emotions.

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What Happens to Your Body When You Watch a Scary Movie?

Clowns, zombies and ghosts can have physical and psychological effects on your health. See what the “boos” are doing to you!

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UMatter: Helping Teens Connect During a Pandemic 

A recent survey showed that most teens have struggled with mental health issues during the pandemic. A Michigan-based organization is helping them connect.

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Seven Signs Your Child Might be the Victim of Bullying

Here are some important signs to see if your child is the victim of bullying.

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Helping Kids Understand Portion Sizes

Teach your child proper portion sizes with these fun tips and recipes!

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Cooking with Kids: Apple, Turkey and Cheese Pockets

Get children in the kitchen with this easy recipe. Young kids ages four to six can make this on their own for a quick bite to eat.

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Keeping Your Kids Healthy: Good Habits Start Young

While your kids can create healthy habits at any age, it’s easiest to teach and instill habits if you get them started down the right path when they’re young.

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How to Protect Kids from Cyberbullying

Do you think your child could be a victim of cyberbullying? Here’s what you can do.

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5 Steps to Boost Your Child’s Confidence

By encouraging independence at a young age, you’ll shape your child’s personality and confidence. These 5 tips can help your child become more independent.

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Back-to-School Lunch During COVID-19

Like everything else, school lunches might look different this year. Check out these tips to keep your child full and energized for optimal learning.

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Making Sure Back-to-School Lunches Keep Their Cool

Packing your kid’s lunch for school is a way to save money and keep lunch healthy. These safety tips will make sure the food stays good until lunchtime.

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Would You Know if Your Child Had Trouble Seeing?

Prepare for the start of school by checking in on your child’s eye health. Here are signs their vision isn’t 20/20 and what to do about it.

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Help Kids Protect Themselves Against COVID-19 at School   

Kids heading back to school for face-to-face learning? Empower them to take steps to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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COVID-19: Things to Consider for Your Back-to-School Checklist

Back-to-school shopping will look and feel different this year. Here are a few items to add to your list for in-person and distance learning.

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COVID-19 Home Cleaning Checklist

Standard cleaning practices may not be enough during the pandemic. Follow this checklist to properly disinfect your home.

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Tools to Help Nursing Moms

If you have a nursing mom in your life, you can help her adjust to her new normal with a few helpful tools for her breastfeeding journey.

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Three Ways to Keep Kids Active Into Their Teens

Follow these tips to keep kids active in the age of technology.

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5 Simple Ways to Show Your Parents Appreciation

If it’s been awhile since you’ve said thanks to your parents, there’s no time like the present. Here are some simple ways to show appreciation.

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Fun Ways to Boost Summer Learning

Make summer schooling fun with these tips to help your child continue their education on vacation.

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How to Stay Safe on Independence Day

Fireworks are fun but proper safety precautions need to be taken to protect yourself from unnecessary injuries.

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The Importance of Dads and Other Adults in Modeling Healthy Emotions for Boys

Trying to raise boys fully able to express their emotions in healthy ways? These tips can help.

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In Praise of #GirlDads and Empowering Father Figures

A salute to all the dads and father figures raising strong, confident girls.

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4 Bike Safety Tips to Keep Kids Safe

Follow these four simple tips to keep your little ones safe this bike riding season.

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Educational Activities Kids Can Do at Home

Struggling to keep kids engaged while at home? Here's how to turn household activities into school-approved lessons.

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Blast from the Past: Old Throwback Games

A blast from the past that includes old school games that we all use to play outside during the summer and at recess.

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Pandemic Parenting: It’s Not Perfect and That’s Okay

The struggle is real. Author Brianna Neace shares her take on parenting through a pandemic - the good, the messy and a healthy dose of grace and understanding.

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How to Plan a Scavenger Hunt

You can create a hunt that is kid-friendly or opt for a more difficult set of clues for adults. It really is whatever you decide.

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How To Throw a Virtual Party

You can still have plenty of fun and enjoy the company of your loved ones by throwing a virtual party.

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Virtual Ways to Help your Kids Go Green on Earth Day

Earth Day, which happens April 22, is the perfect time to educate your little ones about respecting nature and keeping our environment healthy.

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Distance Learning Tips from Michigan Teachers

Trying to navigate working from home and teaching your kids at the same time? These veteran Michigan teachers have tips and resources.

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Pantry Stocking Staples

If you’re like us, you always want to maximize your trips to the grocery store by buying food items that have a long shelf life and are versatile.

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Keep Kids Moving at Home

Check out these fun, simple ideas to help kids work on cognitive, fitness and social skills at home.

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Tips for Making Healthy Dinners for Kids

Dinnertime is a great moment to talk to your kids about their day, share funny stories, and introduce them to new foods.

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Helping Kids Navigate Academic Stress

The drive to succeed academically may be good to an extent, but it can also lead to an insatiable desire for perfection where a B can be devastating.

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How Receiving Health Care Through Your Pregnancy Can Help You Avoid Complications

Every year around 700 women die from complications around pregnancy and that risk triples if you are an African American, American Indian or Alaska Native woman.

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MI Sporting Events to Inspire You in February

While we can’t change the weather, we can choose to make the most of it. In fact, there are plenty of events all around the state to take part in.

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What Pregnant Women Need to Know About Folic Acid

Folic acid can prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine.

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The Stress-Free Way to Host a Huge Family Gathering

Here are some simple tips for lowering stress when hosting family gatherings around the holidays.

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Taking Caution with Food Allergies

Allergic reactions range from a mild skin rash to anaphylactic shock, requiring immediate medical attention.

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The Best Gift of the Holiday Season: Tradition

Ultimately, it’s not the gifts you remember, but the people and experiences you shared that live on for years to come.

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How to Navigate Your Caregiving Journey

Caregiving is a unique role that requires patience, discipline and trust. Here are seven tips on how to manage one's new responsibilities.

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How Reading Can Boost Your Mental Health

Did you know that reading has health benefits associated with it? Read on to find out what those benefits include.

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How to Stay Safe Using Ride-Hailing Apps

You can minimize the risk by taking basic precautions. Here are some tips to keep you safe in your next ride-hailing service.

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Even Heroes Need Encouragement

In this post from the Area Agency on Aging 1-B, find out why caregivers deserve our respect as the heroes they are.

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