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We are the Up North community resource for creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Shape Up North can help you and your family make small, long-lasting changes that make living healthy an enjoyable adventure—at any age! We offer tips, guidance, and support for individuals, schools, businesses and health care providers throughout northern Michigan.

A Success Story: Benefits of the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program

  It only took one cooking demonstration and 10-year-old Nathan Russell was hooked. “He didn’t want to go at first,” says his mother, Martha. “But when he saw them roast peppers, and after I explained to him that we could do it at home—that’s what we did!” Now Nathan cooks dinner at home a couple […]

Grow Benzie – Q&A with Chef Loghan Call

If you’ve tried the scrumptious street tacos from Grow Benzie’s food truck this season, you’ve probably met Chef Loghan Call. His passion for healthy foods shines through his homemade tortillas and use of local produce. Chef Loghan has been busy serving up Michigan brunch tacos and other made-from-scratch street foods across Northern Michigan. He takes a […]

Eat for Your Health: Tomatoes

Try late summer tomatoes in a fresh, refreshing soup. A ripe tomato is food marvel for its health benefits alone. It’s their redness we have to thank, or more specifically, lycopene, the pigment that gives fruits like tomatoes, watermelon, guava, and pink grapefruit their color. Lycopene is in the family of pigments called cartenoids (another […]

TBAISD Farm to School

During the 2017–2018 school year, the TBAISD Farm to School team partnered with nine area elementary schools. And at each school, they developed action plans for district needs. While each were different, they all revolved around one like-minded concept: promoting student health and wellness through engaging activities. These activities were centered around nutrition, fresh foods, and local […]

How to Make Exercise Part of Your Daily Routine—Without the Gym

Your workout doesn’t have to include treadmills or dumbbells. Try these simple ways to make exercise part of your daily routine. I woke up one morning and, for the first time, decided to walk to work.  The route took me a mile along West Grand Traverse Bay, and then when I reached the city limits […]

Secret Sleeping Bear: Hike Alligator Hill

Forget your watch. If you want a way to make your exercise routine last for more than 20 minutes, Alligator Hill—without a timepiece—is the way to go. Sticking to the groomed paths is a good way to lose yourself in the woods without actually getting lost.  Alligator Hill is one of the hidden highlights of […]

Tips to Keep Your Child Active Over Summer Break

When all your teenager wants to do on summer vacation is play video games or binge watch Netflix, it can be hard as a parent to get them off the couch. And with research showing that physical activity helps regulate the body’s endocrine system (a.k.a. hormones directly related to mental health), keeping your teen active […]

Freya Bradford, Rotary Charities

One way our family stays healthy is by playing outside in our beautiful County as often as possible. A typical Saturday for us involves getting out our trail book, deciding where we want to hike, packing up some snacks in our backpacks, and loading up the kids and dog. One of our favorite trails is […]

Norte! Ty Schmidt

In a life full of questionable choices, 12 years ago I made a really good one. I decided to start “job sharing” with my wife, Johanna. We were then both physical therapists at a rehab clinic in Tucson, AZ, and our first son, Carter, was just born. I wanted to be there to help raise […]

Alyson Kass

“There is never a dull moment keeping up with my sons’ fast paced schedules. Football, basketball, rugby, track and baseball seasons keep them fit, but it is a daily challenge to fit in time for me. Eating on the run doesn’t allow for the best choices which makes fitness and healthy eating extremely difficult. My […]

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