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Eating well and moving more are important for best health. On this page, find ideas for how to eat healthier and be more active in ways you enjoy.

Classes For Adults

Are you looking for creative new ways to live a healthy lifestyle? Our health educators offer a variety of classes to help you do just that! All classes listed below are free, open to the public and available virtually via Zoom. Registration is required.

  • Healthy Cooking with Bronson: Spooktacular Breakfast Sundaes: Wednesday, October 5, 2-3 p.m.
    What is a ghost’s favorite food? “I Scream!” In this virtual cooking class, learn how to make breakfast sundaes that are scarily delicious and good for you. Learn more and register.
  • Amazing Apples!: Thursday, October 6, 9-10 a.m.
    October is here, So make way for cider, apple snacks, apple bread, apple-pie smoothies, apple-stacked salads, homemade cinnamon applesauce and more. Join our health educators to learn why apples are amazing for us, and learn some creative ways to eat apples. Learn more and register.
  • Healthy Cooking with Bronson: Creative Curry: Wednesday, October 12, 2-3 p.m.
    In this virtual cooking class, watch as our health educators prepare a scrumptiously spicy, veggie-packed curry that will warm and excite your soul – and your tummy. Learn more and register.
  • Get Ready for Cold and Flu Season: Tuesday, October 18, 9-10 a.m.
    Our bodies work hard to fight colds and the flu. But did you know you there are specific things you can do to reduce your chances of getting a cold or the flu? Join us to learn 10 ways to boost your immune system so your body can fight fall cold and flu germs that can make you sick. Learn more and register.
  • Beyond Food and Exercise: 8 Other Ways to Improve Your Health: Thursday, November 3, 9-10 a.m.
    We all know that eating well and exercising regularly are important parts of a healthy lifestyle, but let’s go beyond food and exercise. Join us to learn about 8 lifestyle habits you can make to ensure you are living the healthiest possible lifestyle. Learn more and register.
  • Healthy Cooking with Bronson: Fast Food Favorites: Wednesday, November 16, 2-3 p.m.
    "Hello. Welcome to health, can I take your order?" Join Bronson's health educators and explore at-home alternatives for your fast food favorites that are healthier and will save room in your pocketbook! Learn more and register.
  • Intuitive Eating 101: Thursday, November 17, 9-10 a.m.
    Join us to learn about the concepts of gentle nutrition, mindfulness, body neutrality and the practice of listening to your body. Learn more and register.
  • Healthy Cooking with Bronson: Souper Duper Squash Soup for Beginners: Wednesday, November 30, 2-3 p.m.
    Butter NOT miss this class! Learn to make fall’s favorite soup, in five easy steps! Learn more and register.

Bronson's team of health experts host a variety of classes throughout the year on topics related to nutrition, diabetes management, stroke prevention and more.

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Fresh Conversations A Nutrition Program for Older Adults
This is a free, five-session program designed for older adults. Class meets weekly and is discussion-based. Throughout the program, you'll learn:

  • Which foods are important for older adults to eat in order to stay healthy
  • Tips for healthy shopping and meal planning
  • Easy exercises you can do at home to improve strength and balance
  • How to make quick and healthy recipes for 1-2 people

If you are covered by Medicaid or have a Michigan Bridge Card (SNAP), you get priority admission into class. For more information and dates, contact Health Educator, Chris.

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Seasonal Recipes

Mac & Cheese With Veggies

What is more comforting than a warm, cheesy bowl of macaroni and cheese? Make it a little healthier by adding veggies!

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Brussels Sprouts and Apple Salad

Whether you are looking for a fun, new recipe to try at home, or need to bring a dish for an upcoming holiday party, this brussels sprout and apple salad is sure to be a crowd favorite!

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadilla

Put a twist on your next Taco Tuesday with this unique (meatless) quesadilla recipe! It is hearty and filling and packed with tons of protein to keep you feeling satisfied.

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Roasted Garlic and Root Ve3getable Mash

Think mashed potatoes - but less carbohydrates and tons of flavor! Whether you're cooking for one or hosting a holiday party, this recipe is sure to please!

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For more recipes and nutritional information from Bronson’s nutrition experts, visit bronsonhealth.com/nutrition.

Eating With Plant-Entions

Plant-entions: Intentionally eating more plant-based foods. Some examples of plant-based foods are fruit, veggies, legumes, nuts and seeds.

Eating a healthy diet full of plant-based foods can help keep your body and mind feeling great. They:

  • Contain many vitamins and minerals, so your body can be healthy, energized and work its best.
  • Are full of fiber, meaning they will keep you full and aid in proper digestion.
  • Are typically lower in calories than many other foods. For example, a serving of carrots dipped in guacamole has less than 150 calories, while a serving of potato chips and dip can set you back about 220 calories. Eating fewer calories can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and more.

Learn More About Plant-Forward Eating

Download Our Plant-Ententions Cookbook

Enjoy a World of Flavors

Every one of us is unique. We have different bodies, goals, backgrounds and tastes. Eating a variety of food with different flavors and ingredients is a great way to nourish your body and appreciate our diversity.

Interested in forming new, healthy eating habits that celebrate your heritage and introduce you to new foods and flavors? Our nutrition team can help! Talk to your primary care provider for a referral to an outpatient registered dietitian today.

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View all "Tips of the Day" with clickable links to related recipes that you can try out yourself!

Enjoy Moving with Your Family

Are you looking for ideas and resources to help you and your family be more active? Download our Family Fun Guides for South Haven and Kalamazoo.

Resources For School-Aged Children

Looking for fun activities to keep your kids moving? Health Educator, Isabel Hinton, has compiled several fun games that they can play on their own or with the whole family!

At-Home Activities

Balloon Ball Lava

Rocket Ball

Obstacle Course Home Carnival Rain Painting
Indoor Skee Ball Birdseed Sandwiches Candle Quench
Move Your Body Games Grass Sledding Bookworm Workout
Laser Maze Family Flashlight Walk Silly Relay Races
Rub the City Plant Placemats Scavenger Hunt
String Game in the Woods Sky Floaters Hallway Soccer
Icy Sun Catchers Sound Safari Sticky Spider Web

Check out all these games and lots of fun recipes in our Farmers to Families booklet.

Download the Booklet

Watch Videos on Eating Healthy, Made For Kids!

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    Bronson's Nutrition Services

    Are you in need of outpatient nutrition support? Our team of outpatient registered dietitians are available to help you review your eating patterns, assess your overall health, and create a custom plan to help you feel your best!

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