Seniors

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 […]

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 […]

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 Walk in the City: 5 Northern Michigan Trails You Can Do In Town

In-town trails make it easy to get active in Northern Michigan. Health and fitness experts say that a minimum of 30 minutes of walking a day does everything from lower blood pressure to burn fat. And it just plain makes you feel better. In-town trails are a convenient way to make that happen—over lunch, after […]

Benefits of Working Out with Your Dog & Exercise Safety Tips for Your Pup

We know dogs add much to our lives. But studies show they not only make us happy, but also keep us healthy—having a dog in your life darn near guarantees increased activity, lower blood pressure, and elevated moods. Dogs can also be the ultimate motivators too. A long run seems better with a little company. […]