Nutrition For a Healthy Body
We believe you can be fit and healthy at any age, shape or size. Learning how to choose, prepare and eat great tasting, nutritious food is an important step that will help you reach your healthy body goals.
At Bronson Wellness Center, we’re more than just a gym. Here, we offer a wide variety of exercise options with practical, can-do nutrition education, diet coaching, and healthy cooking classes. Everything we do is about providing you the resources to live your healthiest life possible.
Our health educators are specially trained and highly educated in the way food works within your body to help keep you feeling vibrant, energized and strong. The team offers a variety of low- and no-cost classes so you can learn how to properly fuel your body – without going hungry every day!
Healthy Living Resources
Being physically active is good for you! Whether you like to move indoors or outdoors, being active can lead to better health, clearer thinking, less stress and more happiness. Children and adults should be active every day—and they should have fun doing it. These guides contain lots of fun things families can do to be active in and around the communities of South Haven and Kalamazoo.
South Haven Family Fun Guide
Kalamazoo Family Fun Guide
Virtual Nutrition and Healthy Living Classes
Health educators Chris and Isabel are hosting a variety of virtual classes all about eating well and moving often. All classes are FREE, open to the public, and held via Zoom.
- A Spoonful of Sugar -Thursday, May 5, 9-10 a.m.
Did you know that the average American consumes nearly 130 cups of added sugar per year (that is more than 2 cups per week)! Most of us don’t eat this sweet treat by the spoonful, so where is all of this sugar coming from? Join Bronson's health educators to discover hidden sources of sugar, how to identify sources of added sugar, and the ways a high-sugar diet may impact your body.
- Dress Up Your Salads - Wednesday, May 11, 2-3 p.m.
Do you love salad, but hate buying bottled dressings with ingredients that are hard to pronounce? Join us for this cooking class and learn how to make three super quick and tasty salad dressings, as well as tips for how to healthfully “dress up” a salad. This class is offered in partnership with the Campus for Creative Aging at Region IV, Area Agency on Aging.
- More Muffins, Please -Wednesday, May 18, 2-3 p.m.
Many people think of muffins as a sweet treat you grab from a bakery or coffee shop when you don’t have enough time to eat a well-rounded breakfast. In this cooking class, learn to prepare quick and HEARTY breakfast muffins that you can bring with you to keep you fueled all morning long. No coffee stop necessary! These muffins will satisfy your sweet tooth AND your grumbling belly. This class is offered in partnership with the Campus for Creative Aging at Region IV, Area Agency on Aging.
- GMOs: What Does Science Say? - Thursday, May 19, 9-10 a.m.
Genetically modified foods are a hot topic in the media today. Food labels declare that they are “GMO Free,” consumers are calling for non-GMO foods, and many sources warn of their dangers. In this class, Bronson's health educators will discuss what GMOs are, how they are used, and evaluate what the research says about their safety.
- Diabetes Prevention . . . through Food -Thursday, June 9, 9-10 a.m.
Can what you eat and how much of it really have an effect on your blood sugar? Yes! In this class, Bronson's health educator's will discuss the foods you should eat more (or less) of, and things you can do to help prevent diabetes.
- S is for Strawberry - Wednesday, June 15, 2-3 p.m.
One of the best things about June is the abundance of ripe, delicious, and juicy ripe, red strawberries. In this cooking class, learn to make a light and healthy lunch that highlights this super fruit. Finish it off with a sweet and healthy frozen strawberry treat. This class is offered in partnership with the Campus for Creative Aging at Region IV, Area Agency on Aging.
- Smoothies That Satisfy - Thursday, June 16, 9-10 a.m.
Who doesn’t love a smoothie? Sweet, easy and full of nutrients, smoothies should get a gold star. Join Bronson's health educators to learn some tips and tricks for creating delicious smoothies that fuel your lifestyle, plus, watch as they demo one special smoothie recipe, and leave with a few new recipes to try yourself.
- Three Ingredient Pasta Dinner - Wednesday, June 29, 2-3 p.m.
It’s summertime and most of us don’t want to spend all day cooking in a hot kitchen! Enter three-ingredient pasta! Pasta is a delicious, energy-packed food. Join us to learn how to make tasty and quick Garlicky Hummus Pasta. This class is offered in partnership with the Campus for Creative Aging at Region IV, Area Agency on Aging.
Eat Healthy, Be Active
- Do you want to learn how to stretch your food dollar and plan healthy meals for you and your family?
- Would you like to learn how to prepare and sample creative and nutritious new dishes?
- Do you want to learn and practice how to be active in ways that YOU enjoy?
Eat Healthy, Be Active is a six-session program that will help you get healthier. We offer a daytime or an evening session every month. The program is FREE and in three of the six class sessions, participants get to take home free groceries to prepare what they sampled in class. This class is for adults 18 years old and above. We provide free child care during each class. Class participants who are on Medicaid or who have a Michigan Bridge Card (SNAP) are given priority admission to the class. Call Chris or Isabel Hinton at (269) 639-2949 for more information and specific dates and times.
Seasonal Recipes and Nutrition Resources
Bronson's team of registered dietitians and nutrition educators have created several recipes and nutrition tips to inspire you and make it easier to eat well and feel great.
Lighten Up Your Favorite Recipes
Have you ever wondered how many calories are in your favorite cheesecake recipe? How about your secret pulled pork? Our health educators offer low-cost recipe makeovers. Drop off a printed copy of your recipe and for $5 (per recipe), our health educators will evaluate and report back with a calorie count along with the fat, sodium, carbohydrate and protein contents. Additionally, they will provide a list of changes you can make to the recipe to make it healthier. To get started, contact Chris at (269) 639-2949.
Meet Chris, Health Educator
Chris is the lead nutrition, health and wellness expert at Bronson Wellness Center. In addition to working full time at the club, she also maintains a healthy food blog and is a nutrition education consultant for several other health-related organizations in Michigan. Chris has a master’s of science degree in human nutrition with a specialty in instructional design. She is dedicated to working with you to improve your lifestyle with practical, client-centered nutrition education. Not only is she focused on providing relevant nutrition information, she believes it’s important to make learning fun. She will work with you to meet you where you are, and empower you every step of the way. Contact Chris at (269) 639-2949.
Healthy Living Resources