Find the Freshest Produce at Your Local Farmers’ Market
August is peak time for visiting farmers markets for the freshest produce, meat and baked goods, and the Lansing area has many choices. There are over 20 farmers markets open almost any day of the week, and you can find locations and times here. Many vendors take food assistance cards like SNAP Bridge, WIC Project FRESH and Market FRESH. You can search for farmers markets that accept assistance cards here.
With so many crisp veggies and luscious fruits you might not know what to do with it all, and if you’re like me, you buy good-looking produce without having a plan for how to prepare it. Capital Area District Libraries can help! At your local branch you will find cookbooks written with farmers market bounty in mind. Here are some examples:
Happy cooking and eating!
-Modified blog post published with permission from Capital Area District Libraries website, originally published August 14, 2014
Get Out and Have Fun in Ingham County Parks
Ingham County has plenty of places to get out and play. You can take your dog for a romp in the Soldan Dog Park, ride your mountain bike on dedicated trails at Burchfield Park, launch a boat at the Lake Lansing Boat Launch, listen to live music at the Lake Lansing band shelter on Friday nights in the summer or play in the splash park at Hawk Island. Several Ingham County parks have beaches and boat rental too so you can get in or on the water in no time. Click here to find a list of activities you can do at the county parks and where to go to do them. There is a $3 entry fee for Ingham County residents at Burchfield Park, Hawk Island, Lake Lansing-North and Lake Lansing-South. Potter Park Zoo always has lots going on, and there is a reduced admission fee for Ingham County residents.
Cities, towns and townships in Ingham County have their own parks and places to get outdoors. Lansing has many parks as well as a golf course, swimming pools, the Fenner Nature Center, and the River Trail which gives you access to several area parks by bike, skate or on foot. This activity guide will give you information on special events and activities for kids. Haslett, Okemos and Meridian Township have sports fields, playgrounds and Harris Nature Center, a place to explore nature and learn about plant and animal life in Michigan and the Red Cedar River Trail for canoeing from Williamston to the Lansing River Trail. Park and program activities can be found here. Holt and Delhi Township have several parks and playgrounds including a freestyle bike and skate park.
Want to visit one of Michigan’s state parks? You can drop by any Capital Area District Libraries branch for a free pass as part of the MI Big Green Gym program. Each branch has a limited number of passes and they are valid until September 30 and are good for one free day at any state park or recreation area. Choose a state park to visit on this Michigan DNR map.
-Modified blog post published with permission from Capital Area District Libraries website, originally published July 10, 2014
Lauren Evans of WILX congratulates WWU participants.
Click on the photo of Lauren to see the video.
2014 Winter Warm-Up Wrap-Up
Community Partners in Health concluded a successful 2014 Winter Warm-Up, a free and fun 8 week fitness campaign, on March 22at the Lansing Mall. We CELEBRATED personal and team accomplishments, and wanted to share some highlights. We are all working together – helping to make mid-Michigan a healthy, active place! (A final update will be available on April 16, 2014) There were:
- a record number of participants, 4,878 (2013 – 2115 participants),
- new partnerships with Andre Hutson, the Lansing and Charlotte schools that help to extend our advocacy and outreach efforts,
- over 300 entries to the first Healthy Habits Contest (50 word essays from K-5 students), the Healthy Habits Gallery was truly impressive and inspiring. Each author received a Health Champion ribbon from Andre Hutson and Conquest Health and Fitness.
- improved communications with the new CPH website, generously created by Sherri McConnell and funded by Playmakers,
- spring and summer program and park resources were shared,
- nine healthy lifestyle champions were announced,
- personal health and fitness winners throughout the tri-county area!
Congratulations to the top 3 community teams in the Blues Community Challenge:
- Team Lansing
- Team Charlotte
- Team Delhi Township
Special thanks to the Blues Community Challenge sponsor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM). B. J. Puchala, Senior Community Liaison presented $15,000 in grant awards among the nine community teams. The grants will support local health and fitness initiatives in our communities.
2014 Walking In Our Community Series Calendar was available. Free monthly walks encourage community members to explore parks and trails in the tri-county area, and are led by representatives from CPH organizations, elected officials and healthy lifestyle ambassadors. Watch for WIOC flyers or visit www.cphlansing.com
Recipes for Healthy Snacks Available
There was a great turn out for the “Let’s Make Healthy Snacks” program at the Lansing Mall on February 15. There were many great snack ideas and here is a link to the recipes that people shared at the program.
January 18 – March 22
FREE 9-week program for all mid-Michigan residents designed to improve your health and fitness.
- Encourage people to increase physical activity by raising awareness about the importance of being physically active
- Connects people to resources and community events that promote healthy lifestyles
- Get moving with the Blues Community Challenge Sign-up
The WWU weekly programs will be health at the Lansing Mall or locations throughout the tri-county area. Please note that the weekend days differ (one Friday, seven Saturdays, two Sundays). Check the Calendar of Events.
No pre-registration is required for Winter Warm-Up events. Simply sign-in at the event. You may also sign up or log in activity for the Blues Community Challenge.
Returning for the 4th Year:
The BCC is an opportunity for individuals and 9 mid-Michigan municipalities to form teams, encouraging physical activity and healthy lifestyles.
- Teams will compete for community awards provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
- Team rankings are determined by the cumulative physical activity totals.
- Participants of any age and ability are welcome, as long as they are willing to increase their physical activity.
- All kinds of physical activity (exercise) can be counted, as long as it is above and beyond the normal activity that you engage in for daily living.
To find out more information about the Blues Community Challenge, click on the “Blues Community Challenge” tab at the top.
To sign up for the Blues Community Challenge, click on the “How to Sign Up for the BCC” tab at the top.