Healthcare Providers

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 modeled after the evidence based Washtenaw County Public Health Prescription for Health (PFH). Our program works closely with local clinics and nonprofits to build systematic support for healthy behavior changes in patients with chronic disease.  The program also creates stronger partnerships between health care providers, […]

Provider Prospective – Fruit and Vegetable Rx Program

Over the past century, essential nutrient deficiencies have dramatically decreased, many infectious diseases have been conquered, and the majority of the U.S. population can now anticipate a long and productive life. However, as infectious disease rates have dropped, the rates of noncommunicable diseases—specifically, chronic diet-related diseases—have risen, due in part to changes in lifestyle behaviors. […]

TED Talk – How We Can Eat Our Landscapes

What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their […]