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Up North Love – Cooking for Community

We recently met a young man who is making a difference in his community, one meal at a time. Nathan Russell is ten years old and a fifth grader at Willow Hill Elementary School in Traverse City, and he’s already dreaming of a life combining two growing passions: cooking and helping others. Once or twice […]

Why Try Tai Chi? A Traverse City Instructor Shares the Health Benefits

Traverse City tai chi instructor Ann Parker tells the many benefits of this gentle workout for the mind and body. Bonus: It’s effective and doable for almost everyone. Practiced around the world, tai chi is a low impact, relaxing form of exercise that anyone can learn. Tai chi blends mental and spiritual aspects into movement […]

How Cancer-Survivor Sara Cockrell Stays Active Outdoors

See if you can catch Sara Cockrell. When she’s not hiking, biking or paddling at one of her favorite spots with friends in Northern Michigan, she’s likely traveling the world—hiking in Iceland, backcountry skiing in Colorado, or trekking along famous Western trails, to name just a few of her adventures. “I love being outside,” says […]

3 Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes from Northern Michigan Chefs

Local chefs share their favorite Thanksgiving dessert recipes, including a healthy cake (yes, it exists) and a sugar-free scone. Plus, a crowd-favorite chocolate cake recipe. Thanks to Munson Healthcare, Shetler’s Family Dairy and Planted Cuisine. Red Grape, Polenta & Olive Oil Cake Chef Laura McCain, RD, and Munson Outpatient Nutritionist loves this rustic Italian-style cake, excerpted […]

How to Avoid Overeating During the Holidays

As a nutritionist, Laura McCain is accustomed to all eyes on her while she strolls the Thanksgiving buffet line. “What is she going to eat?” everyone wonders, as they watch the chef and Munson outpatient nutritionist cruise through the assortment of traditional treats on the table. No, she doesn’t start at the beginning of the table and fill […]

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. […]