Healthy schools mean healthy futures.
Kids who eat healthier and move more perform better in school. Studies show that healthy kids get better grades, attend school more often and behave better in class. We now know that making time for physical activity and nutrition in school is not a break from academics; it’s an investment in higher academic performance.
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 […]
A Family Treasure Hunt Along the North Country Trail
Adults who love to hike do it for more than just the exercise: The fresh air, diverse landscapes, rewarding views … The list goes on. But for energetic children, those reasons may not resonate with them quite yet—not until they get a little older, at least. But there are still lots of ways to instill a […]
4 Healthy Comfort Food Recipes for Summer in Northern Michigan
These healthy comfort food recipes are easy to make and delicious. What does “comfort food” mean to you? Is it a dish that’s sentimental? Full of flavor? Clinical Dietician Samantha Struck at Munson Healthcare Cadillac thinks comfort food has a different definition depending on the time of year and the individual. “In the winter, we […]
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 […]
10 Healthy (and Fun!) Spring Activities in Northern Michigan
Now that we have the extra hour of daylight we’ve all been craving (thanks, Spring Forward!), it’s time to make the most of it. Here are 10 free, fun and healthy spring activities in Northern Michigan to keep you moving. Take a Walk Whether or not snow is still on sidewalks, taking a steady walk […]
Obesity: Complex But Conquerable
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, […]
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 […]
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