#MIKidsCan Play like a Lion Week 4

As summer comes to a close and fans get ready for football, more than 500 kids across Michigan are nearing the end of the #MIKidsCan Play like a Lion Challenge. During the final week, kids and parents will learn about the…

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Take it Outside: 5 Tips to Step Up Your Outdoor Workout

Hiding out in a gym to get your sweat session in? Break free from treadmill drudgery and gather inspiration from your natural surroundings! Cari Draft owns EcoTrek Fitness, which offers outdoor fitness classes throughout West Michigan. “Anything you can do…


Nature Called: Why One West Michigan Personal Trainer Took Her Business Outside

As a 15-year personal training veteran, Cari Draft is no stranger to gyms. Still, a chance continuing education class about outdoor fitness in 2006 took her business to new places: beaches, playgrounds, bleachers, and trails for starters. “I don’t ever…



#MIKidsCan Play like a Lion Challenge Week 3!

This week, the #MIKidsCan Play like a Lion Challenge is focused on getting kids outside and active for at least 60 minutes per day in an effort to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity. It’s not too late for…

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Tired of Lifting Weights? Try Calisthenics

  Let’s face it: consistently working out is hard. Only 18 percent of Americans reach the recommended level of cardiovascular and muscle-strengthening activity in a week. As if consistency wasn’t hard enough, people like me can be intimidated by heavy…


Park Association Gets New Look; Encourages Michiganders to ‘Come Out and Play’

Kayaking simulations, hula-hooping, parachute games and more filled the state Capitol lawn last Wednesday. Over 1,500 kids from across the state gathered for the fourth annual Come Out and Play: A Day at the Capitol, which was hosted by the…




Chuck Gaidica: Hiking the Silver Lake Sand Dunes for Good Health

Editor’s note: Chuck Gaidica is a paid spokesperson for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, where he works to have real conversations with local people about matters that affect their health.  Is there any better way to spend a Saturday than to have…


#MIKidsCan: Upcoming Camp Encourages Kids to Try Out a Triathlon

“Try it, you may just like it.” I often found myself uttering this phrase time and again when my son was young as I attempted to entice him to try a new food. While he grew, I noticed I was…

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Traverse City Kids’ Run to Benefit Carter Oosterhouse’s Playground-Building Organization

If you’re in Traverse City for the National Cherry Festival, be on the lookout for hometown handyman and DIY celebrity, Carter Oosterhouse. The Trading Spaces star will host the fourth annual Carter’s Kids Festival Fun Run on Thursday, July 9….

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