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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.

How to Find the Right Balance of Screen Time for Kids

It’s tough to decide how much screen time for kids is appropriate. Northern Michigan parents share their tips, ideas and struggles. We’ve all read and heard about the studies touting the dangers of too much screen time. However, sometimes it’s necessary to use screens for homework or as a tool to keep kids occupied while […]

I Want to Be Healthier: Q&A with Traverse City Behavioral Health Specialist Mandy Remai

Are you ready to make a healthy lifestyle change but don’t know where to start? Advice can come from all directions, and it can easily become overwhelming. Here’s a simple solution: Start small. We consult with Traverse City Behavioral Health Specialist Mandy Remai, who works at Munson Healthcare’s Healthy Weight Center and also owns a […]

How to Make Healthy Lifestyle Changes: Doable Tips & Expert Advice

© Photo by Graceland Fruit Munson Healthcare Community Health Coordinator Tara Rybicki, MS, says small, healthy lifestyle changes quickly add up and are key to meeting your goals. There’s a well-known quote by teacher and author Eckhart Tolle, “If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.” And it’s a quote Tara Rybicki […]

Applesauce – No Sugar Added

This applesauce is such a sweet treat you won’t believe it doesn’t have any added sugar! Ingredients: 6 large apples (about 3 lb), any sweet variety (Jonagold, Fuji, Gala, Braeburn, etc.) 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 cup water Directions: Core and roughly chop the apples into 1-2″ pieces, depending on how chunky you prefer your applesauce. […]

Three Sisters Soup

Perfect hearty soup for fall! The three main components of this dish, the “three sisters,” are the corn, squash, and beans. However, make this dish your own by adding any other veggies you like! Tomatoes, sweet peppers, and chilies are all good add-ins. Makes 8 servings. Want leftovers for lunches? Refrigerate for up to three days […]

Healthy, Fun Ways to Reduce Screen Time for Kids and Adults

Numerous studies have been shared cautioning us about the implications of too much screen time, especially for children. In a media-savvy world, this can be difficult. But simple (and fun!) steps can be taken both at home and in the workplace to reduce screen time. Ben Watson, Weight Management Coordinator at Munson’s Foster Family Community Health […]

6 Great Healthy Lifestyle Apps for Food, Exercise and Sleep

There are many ways technology can help you live a healthier lifestyle, no matter where you live in Northern Michigan or what equipment you have. And these resources couldn’t be more convenient than through cell phone apps. From fitness to food to sleep, check out these six healthy lifestyle apps.   Fooducate  Ben Watson, Weight […]

Get Outside! 6 Free Guided Hikes in Northern Michigan

Need a breath of fresh Northern Michigan air—and to get in some light exercise? Guided group hikes and events can be an excellent alternative to a self-led hike. No mapping trails. No additional safety precautions. No extra stress. Just enjoying the woodland views and wonderful company. Here are a handful of free Northern Michigan hiking […]

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