Exercise and nutrition resources for you and your patients.

The food choices you make each day affect your health — how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future. Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health. Find articles, resources and monthly newsletters to keep your patients motivated and engaged about living a healthier lifestyle.

10 Healthy Ways to Stay Cool on a Hot Summer Day in Northern Michigan

The sun is hot. The humidity is up. And there are countless fun and healthy ways to enjoy the summer season in Northern Michigan—both inside and out! Here are 10 ways to cool off on a hot summer day. 1. Sprinkler in the Sun Sure, it may not be the fanciest way to keep cool, […]

10 Northern Michigan Summer Activities for Endless Family Fun

Sometimes you just need a little inspiration for summer fun with the kiddos. There are endless opportunities for outdoor fun, so we’ve created this list of 10 healthy and affordable Northern Michigan summer activities to keep your family moving. Stargazing Before the sun goes down, pitch a tent in your backyard—even if it’s a bed […]

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 […]

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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. […]

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