Eat Well

Create Your Own Northern Michigan Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt

Head to your favorite Northern Michigan farmers market, and while you’re shopping fresh produce, do a family scavenger hunt! Here’s how to create your own. Imagine walking up to your favorite Northern Michigan farmers market and being given a handout challenging you to some additional fun during your visit. It’s a scavenger hunt! Filled with […]

Reasons to Love Norconk Farms Asparagus + Healthy Recipes

Bring on the springtime vegetables! Of course, in Northern Michigan, this includes nutrient-packed asparagus. As the harvest season for asparagus quickly approaches, we chat with Harry Norconck of Norconk Farms in Honor—one of the largest providers of asparagus in the area—about the vegetable we’ve all come to know and love. What are the health benefits of asparagus? […]

10 Easy Ways to Sneak Veggies into Every Meal

Low-cost health screenings and wellness activities—think yoga, diabetes education, childbirth classes, strength training and support groups—are provided in the heart of downtown Charlevoix thanks to the Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital Wellness Workshop. The workshop encourages people of all ages to participate in health and wellness activities, such as cooking classes! Amanda Evans, MS, RD, CDE […]

Free Program: FitKids360 Helps Kids and Parents Create Healthy Habits

FitKids360, a free seven-week program, helps educate families about nutrition, exercise and living a healthy lifestyle. Developed in Grand Rapids in 2010, the program is now expanding across the state of Michigan. Thanks to a partnership between Health Net of West Michigan and the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA, the YMCA has hosted the FitKids360 program in Traverse City. […]

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 […]

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 […]