Parks for all: How Michigan communities are making their outdoor spaces safe and accessible

Wheelchair-accessible paths and boardwalks, ADA-compliant restroom facilities, and universally accessible kayak launches are just a few development projects that can bring new visitors to parks. Since it was established in 1976, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) has distributed more than $1 billion to state agencies and local, county, and regional governments to purchase land for preservation and park development.

Breweries serve up racial justice conversations to their customers

With the national discourse about race growing louder, Michigan's craft brewing industry is facing its own racial reckoning. Many brewers are providing diversity, equity and inclusion training to their staff to address these disparities, but one organization is planning to go a step further and bring discussions about racial justice and diversity to brewery customers throughout Michigan.

Too tall, too short, too big: Athletes breaking body stereotypes

How can athletes excel despite having an atypical body for their sport? Kevin Alschuler, a psychologist at the University of Washington School of Medicine, has worked with sports teams and conducted sports-related research on pain, discomfort and adaptation to extreme physical distress. He believes that athletes with atypical body types who succeed at elite levels do so because they have optimized everything else.
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