Healthcare Providers

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. […]

The Journey Program Offers New Exercise Videos for Cancer Patients

Countless cancer patients call The Journey Program “life-changing.” Currently provided in three Northern Michigan locations, the free 10-week program bridges the gap between treatment and recovery. And soon, some Journey Program classes will be available to cancer patients anywhere in Michigan, the United States, and even the world—thanks to their downloadable exercise videos. Founded in 2009, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Culinary Medicine

Cook Like a Chef. Think Like a Dietitian. Eat Like a Farmer. This Farms, Food & Health training program offered northern Michigan health care providers an innovative Continuing Medical Education program that highlights local food, and culinary and nutrition trainings. Take your practice to the kitchen:  Chop, dice, and puree your way to better health outcomes […]

FitKids 360

FitKids360 is a free healthy lifestyle program with the ultimate goal of fighting childhood obesity. The program was developed in 2010 by a team of pediatricians, social workers, dieticians and exercise specialists out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Together they designed a comprehensive program that combines basic education about nutrition, behavior and exercise with a wide […]

Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program

The Shape Up North Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program is designed to help patients with chronic disease shift their eating patterns to align with the evidence based Dietary Guidelines. Creating a healthy eating pattern with fresh fruits and vegetables is an evidence based way to improve health and reduce the risk of chronic disease. Through […]