Nutrition Education at Bronson Wellness Center

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!

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.

January

Health Resolutions that Stick

Have you ever set a resolution that you just couldn’t get to stick? The New Year is a great time to set nutrition and exercise related goals, but making new habits can be a challenge! In this class to learn tips and tricks for forming healthy habits that will set you up for success.

Date: Thursday, January 13, 9 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Cost: Free

Educator: Isabel Hinton

To register, visit www.bronsonhealth.com/classes-events/. You will receive a link to attend the class via email, 1-2 days before the class is scheduled to be held.

Two Healthy Soups

Using an adaptable, easy-to-follow mix and match recipe, learn to make two quick and delicious soups (one vegetarian, one not) with healthy, low cost ingredients. This class is offered in partnership with the Campus for Creative Aging at Region IV, Area Agency on Aging. You must register for this class at the link below.

Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Educator: Chris Flood and Isabel Hinton

To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/178730446577

Crazy for Citrus

Wintertime brings more than just cold weather to town. It also brings beautifully ripened, delicious, and juicy citrus fruits. Learn how to make a perfect wintertime breakfast recipe that uses these yummy, vitamin C-packed fruits. This dish will be sure to start your day right with a strong punch of vitamin C. This class is offered in partnership with the Campus for Creative Aging at Region IV, Area Agency on Aging. You must register for this class at the link below.

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Educator: Isabel Hinton

To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/231596359947

February

Go Red in the Kitchen

February is national heart month; learn how to cook a healthy dinner dish made with red fruits and vegetables that are sure to make both your heart and your belly happy and healthy. This class is offered in partnership with the Campus for Creative Aging at Region IV, Area Agency on Aging. You must register for this class at the link below.

Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Educator: Isabel Hinton

To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/231641976387

Happy Valentine’s Day to your Sweet-HEART

Your heart beats for you about 100,000 times per day and moves about 2,000 gallons of blood. For such a super-star organ, it’s important to treat it like a best friend. In this class, discuss how to best promote heart-health with exercise, diet, and stress-management.

Date: Thursday, February 10, 9 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Cost: Free

Educator: Chris Flood

To register, visit www.bronsonhealth.com/classes-events/. You will receive a link to attend the class via email, 1-2 days before the class is scheduled to be held.

Cookies for Breakfast!

Do you love cookies? In just 30 minutes, learn to make tasty, healthy, portable AND freezable, Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies that are packed with fiber, fruit, and flavor. This class is offered in partnership with the Campus for Creative Aging at Region IV, Area Agency on Aging. You must register for this class at the link below.

Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Educator: Chris Flood

To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/231673109507

March

Go nuts for peanut butter!

March 1st is National Peanut Butter Lovers Day, so what better way to celebrate than to join us to explore this delicious snack. Learn what makes peanut butter a nutritional powerhouse and ideas for ways to incorporate more PB into your daily diet.

Date: Thursday, March 3, 9 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Cost: Free

Educator: Chris Flood

To register, visit www.bronsonhealth.com/classes-events/. You will receive a link to attend the class via email, 1-2 days before the class is scheduled to be held.

Tasty Travels

Celebrate different flavors of the world through food! Join Chris and Isabel as they show you how to make two dishes from around the world that are sure to send your taste buds on vacation. This class is offered in partnership with the Campus for Creative Aging at Region IV, Area Agency on Aging. You must register for this class at the link below.

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Educator: Chris Flood and Isabel Hinton

To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/231695376107

April

Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

There’s nothing wrong with cheese and bread, but a grilled cheese sandwich can be so much more! Learn about five different and delectable grilled cheese combos that are healthy, flavor-packed and anything but ordinary. Receive a bonus recipe for a terrific accompaniment: Creamy Tomato Basil Soup. This class is offered in partnership with the Campus for Creative Aging at Region IV, Area Agency on Aging. You must register for this class at the link below.

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Educator: Chris Flood

To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/231706198477

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.

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    Eat well & move more

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