Healthy Living Resources

The Tri-County area has a variety of great resources to support you on your path to better health. In addition to our Community Calendar of healthy living activities, be sure to check out these resources for physical activity, healthy eating, mental health, and substance abuse & tobacco use prevention.
 

ALIVE: Summer 2017 Program Guide

Get active and get healthy! From special events, fitness classes, women's health programs, dancing, cooking, yoga, and support groups, this guide showcases all of the healthy living activities that AL!VE, Your Community Well-being Place (800 W Lawrence Ave, Charlotte, MI) has to offer. Note that AL!VE is also a destination health park, opened by Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital, and there are no entry fees to visit. All mid-Michigan residents and visitors are welcome. For questions, call (517) 541-5800.
 

Capital Area Parks & Trails Brochure

The tri-county area is fortunate to have over 150 beautiful parks and trails, with amenities ranging from walking paths and playgrounds to boating and fishing. These are all wonderful places to get out and get active! They can be used by anyone who seeks the serenity of nature, the excitement of recreation, or a walk in the woods beside a river or lake. Created by the Capital Area Health Alliance, this brochure features 36 destination parks and trails throughout the tri-county area. You can download a web version of the brochure here or find printed copies at your local parks and parks departments, community centers, health departments, and neighborhood organizations.
   

 

CDC Tips from Former Smokers

Hear the real stories of people living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities. Learn how smoking affects illnesses and conditions. And view videos, commercials, and tips from the Centers for Disease Control's Tips from Former Smokers campaign, which motivated 104,000 cigarette smokers to quit for good in 2014. The CDC has many free resources to help build your skills to quit for good. For free help, visit CDC.gov/quit.
 

Cooking from the Pantry Cookbook

It can be challenging to feed your family healthy meals on a tight budget. This cookbook, published by CAHA, is intended to help you make the most out of foods that you’ll find at a local food pantry. You are welcome to download it, print it, and share it with your families, colleagues, and friends. And remember to take the time to sit down and eat at a table, turn off the TV and cell phones, and enjoy your food! Compiled with help from the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Mid-Michigan District Health Department, and MSU Extension.
 

 

East Lansing Parks & Recreation Summer 2017 Connect Magazine

East Lansing Parks, Recreation & Arts offers a variety of aquatics, arts, dance, enrichment and fitness classes to community members of all ages each fall, winter, spring and summer. You can also drop in to any fitness class for a small fee, and try out a new class today. Browse classes and register online, register by phone at (517) 333-2580 ext. 1, or stop by the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, during business hours.
   



 

Healthy! Capital Counties

Healthy! Capital Counties works to ensure that all people in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties live in a physical, social, and cultural environment that supports health; live in a safe, vibrant, and prosperous community that provides many opportunities to contribute and thrive; and live in a community with minimal barriers and adequate resources to reach their full potential. Learn about the health of the Tri-County area and the steps local public health departments and community leaders are taking to improve health outcomes.
 

Kids Health: Recipes & Cooking for Kids

When kids prepare meals and snacks for themselves, it is a great time to inspire them to try new and healthy foods. This site also has vegetarian recipes and recipes tailored for kids with cystic fibrosis, diabetes, lactose intolerance, and celiac disease.
 

Lansing Parks & Recreation: Summer 2017 Activities Guide

Lansing Parks & Recreation provides over 500 recreation programs and events for children, youth, and adults. Activities take place during the week, after-school, and on weekends. Whether you are looking for a swim, dance, exercise, or martial arts class, or a recreational team sport, you are sure to find something for your entire family. 
 

Lansing Community Garden Resource Guide 2016

Community and school gardens provide fresh, healthy food and have the potential to improve quality of life. The Garden Project has compiled this guide to share its knowledge of local resources to help you get started. The Garden Project also offers Garden Leaders Training Sessions each year that provide much of the basic information needed to start a new garden or improve an existing garden. Call the Garden Project staff at (517) 853-7809 or gardenproject@glfoodbank.org with questions or comments.
   

Let's Garden Lansing

Let's Garden Lansing is an online listing of local educational classes and events on gardening, food, and nutrition. A joint project of NorthWest Initiative, The Garden Project, the Allen Neighborhood Center, the South Lansing Community Development Association, MSU Extension, and the City of Lansing.
 

Let's Walk! Walking Tips & Resources

Just because it’s too hot or too cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t be out walking! There are many indoor opportunities to walk during these months, such as community centers, malls, and schools. And if you do want to be out in the brisk winter weather, there are plenty of groomed trails and walkways to visit. Check out our Let's Walk! Resources flyer for walking tips, walking locations, mobile walking apps to get you started or keep you motivated, and other free walking resources.
 

MDHHS Tobacco Program

The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) has a wealth of printed materials on creating a healthier Michigan free of tobacco use and secondhand exposure that can be shared or requested by anyone in the community. Learn about Michigan's Smoke-Free Air Law, Michigan tobacco statistics, free counseling and referral services, e-cigarettes, free nicotine replacement therapy, what can be done to keep children from starting the tobacco habit, the range of tobacco-based products available for purchase in stores and online, tobacco marketing, and more.
 
 

Mental Health First Aid 2016-2017

Do you know or work with individuals who may have, or has already experienced, a mental health challenge? Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton-Eaton-Ingham Counties (CMHA-CEI) offers one-day courses in Youth and Adult Mental First Aid, which is the initial help given to a person showing symptoms of mental illness or in a mental health crisis until appropriate professional or other help can be engaged. Early prevention or detection could prevent a more serious illness or even a suicide. Register at Eventbrite.com or contact CMHA-CEI customer service at 517-346-8238. 
 

Meridian Township Parks & Recreation Family Fun Guide 2017

The Meridian Township Parks and Recreation Department runs many exciting community programs and events. With 904 acres of parks, 750 acres of land preserves and nearly 80 miles of bicycle-pedestrian pathway, there are numerous opportunities for you and your family to get out and get busy enjoying what the parks have to offer. In the Family Fun Guide, you'll find a calendar of events, adult and youth sports information, information on parks and more!
 

MI Big Green Gym

The MI Big Green Gym initiative is designed to promote overall well-being and a healthy lifestyle through use of parks and recreation facilities. Michigan has some of the country's premier parks, which provide unique and fun ways to stay active and spend time with family and community. Michigan really is a big green gym, with endless opportunities to get active. Learn more about the program and check out the Online Events Calendar at www.mrpaonline.org/Programs/MI-Big-Green-Gym.
 

 

MI Healthier Tomorrow

If you are interested in the resources offered by the State of Michigan to help you achieve your weight loss goals, take the MI Healthier Tomorrow pledge. You will receive a free Starter Kit with motivational tips, money-saving offers and other goodies. MI Healthier Tomorrow will keep you going when you sign up for their e-mails or text messages. It's a little motivation twice a month to keep you focused on what you pledged so you can reach your goal of losing weight and being healthier.
 
Losing just 10% of your body weight can make significant improvements to both your physical and mental health. A 10% weight loss for those who are overweight can:
  • Improve blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Improve heart health
  • Decrease risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Decrease back and joint pain
  • Improve breathing and sleep
  • Increase energy and stamina
  • Improve mood and self-confidence
For more information, visit MI Healthier Tomorrow.
 

Michigan Tobacco QuitLine

The Michigan Tobacco QuitLine works to reduce and eliminate tobacco-related deaths and diseases in Michigan through leadership, collaboration and education. It offers a free online personalized tobacco cessation program that can help Michigan residents give up tobacco for life. It also has various articles about quitting, information about tobacco and your health, and a smoking calculator.
 

Metro Lansing Loses a Million

Million pound weight loss health initiative spearheaded by Lettuce Live Well and the City of Lansing. Join for free and find local free support to achieve your health goals, including an online activity tracker for calorie burn, sleep patterns, and eating habits; online goal setting (challenge yourself or join a group and set daily step and calorie goals); fitness groups; e-newsletter; and resources for meal planning and nutritional coaching.
 

 

MSU Extension Food & Health Workshops 

MSU Extension’s Food & Health programming promotes healthy lifestyles and empowers Michigan residents to take control of their personal health. Learn about Food Budgeting and how to stretch your food dollars, Food Preservation methods such as freezing and canning, promoting Healthy Relationships to improve your overall health and wellbeing, NutritionPhysical Activity, and Weight Management. Includes workshops such as Cooking Matters and Stretching Your Food Dollar. Visit the MSU Extension website for articles, class schedules, and workshops. 
 

Senior Adult Nutrition

Serving size. Calories. Total fat. Percent daily value. Understanding food nutrition labels can be challenging, and many consumers just figure why bother? But for older adults, simply ignoring nutritional information can significantly compromise their health. This guide to healthy food shopping for senior adults will help seniors and their family caregivers make better food choices and create a healthy eating style. 
 

Quit Tobacco Resources (Ingham County)

Commit to quit smoking in 2016. For local resources to help you quit tobacco, please see Ingham County Health Department's Quit Tobacco Resources SheetFor more information about Ingham County's Tobacco Control Program, Michigan's Smoke Free Air Law, and youth prevention information, visit Ingham County's website or the Michigan Department of Community Health.
 
 

QuitDay.Org

QuitDay offers online resources to help you or a friend or family member quit smoking. Resources include information on smoking's effects on children and keeping kids away from tobacco, the effects of smoking and quitting smoking, withdrawal symptoms and how to manage them, quitting cold turkey, and e-cigarettes.
 

Quit Smoking Community

Quit Smoking Community is a new online community that offers support and information to people who are looking to quit smoking. Smokers work with other smokers to quit together, and ex-smokers provide encouragement and advice. Resources include the 100 Hour Challenge, Quit Journal entries, cravings reports, Video Hangouts, and rewards. 
   

YMCA Corporate Wellness Program

YMCA of Lansing offers a comprehensive corporate health and wellness program to help you change your corporate culture and make a commitment to a healthier, happier life for your employees. A typical company’s profile consists of 80% under-exercised employees, 60% sit-all-day employees, 30% overweight employees, and 35%-45% of employees that experience job burnout due to high stress. Changing your organizational culture can also impact costs related to obesity, inactivity, and other health-related conditions.
 
 

YMCA Turning Point Program for Breast Cancer Survivors 

Supportive breast cancer fitness and yoga classes for patients and survivors to help reduce the side effects of cancer treatment and aid in prevention of recurrence. The Turning Point Program helps breast cancer survivors improve their emotional, physical and overall quality of life. The first year of the program is FREE for new participants, and scholarships are available. Visit their website or Facebook page.