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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.

The Great Pumpkin

With a stellar nutritional resume and fine flavor, the pumpkin deserves an honored place at your table. Poor pumpkin. Long ago, the ancients of North America gave the pumpkin a regular spot on the menu. But at some point between the early colonials and our embrace of Halloween, America relegated one of nature’s most nutritious […]

Candy Drop-Off Program Helps Parents Promote Healthier Habits

Munson Healthcare and the Northern Michigan Diabetes Initiative(NDMI) are partnering for the sixth consecutive year to promote healthier Halloween habits while providing the sweet satisfaction of giving back. Trick-or-treaters, parents and candy givers are encouraged to donate a portion of their stash or leftover candy to their community locations November 1–5. The collected candy will be donated […]

Tricia Phelps, CEO of Taste the Local Difference, Shares her Venison Chili Recipe

If you are familiar with the Sara Hardy Farmers Market or Village at Grand Traverse Commons food events, you’re probably also familiar with the name Tricia Phelps. Get to know the Traverse City foodie and CEO of Taste the Local Difference, Michigan’s local food marketing agency. Tell us what brought you to the area, and ultimately, to your role […]

Visit Kilcherman’s Christmas Cove Farm for Antique Apples

A trip to Kilcherman’s Christmas Cove Farm is a fall tradition in Northern Michigan. Located north of Northport in Leelanau County, Kilcherman’s is home to 200-plus varieties of antique apples. And while the Kilchermans have long been fascinated by heirloom varieties, they now find themselves on the leading edge of a much broader food movement. […]

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 […]

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