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 utrition and healthy living classes

Health educators Chris Flood and Isabel Hinton 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.

Registration required. After registering, you will receive a link to attend the class via email one-two days before class.

  • Kitchen to Table in 15 Minutes
    WHEN: Wednesday, September 16, 9.-9:45 a.m.
    COST: Free
    Learn some tips and tricks for cutting your cooking time in half while watching Isabel demonstrate a healthy and filling meal. Leave with five quick and healthy recipes. Register online now.
  • Dips Galore
    WHEN: Thursday, September 24, 5-6 p.m.
    COST: Free
    Love chips and dips, but want healthier options that aren’t full of calories, fat and sodium? Isabel will demonstrate how to create healthier spins on dips that will keep you more satisfied without compromising great flavor. Watch Isabel create two different dips, and leave with five recipes. Register online now.
  • $hop for Health
    WHEN: Thursday, October 1, 9-9:45 a.m.
    COST: Free
    Do you want to make sure your family is getting everything they need nutritionally but do not think it is possible while maintaining a budget? Wrong! Save time and money with these healthy shopping tips that will help you cut your grocery budget, without cutting corners on your health. Register online now.
  • Cooking for Two- Virtual Cooking Demo: All about Lentils
    WHEN: Wednesday, October 7, 2-2:45 p.m.
    COST: Free
    Did you know lentils are one of the least expensive – and healthiest – foods you can eat? Learn all about lentils and watch Chris make Easy Lentil Tacos in less than 30 minutes. To register, email Amy at amynichols@areaagencyonaging.org.
  • Ten Foods You Should Be Eating While Staying at Home
    WHEN: Thursday, October 15, 9-9:45 a.m.
    Cost: Free
    COVID-19 has changed the way we do a lot of things – including shopping and cooking. Join Chris and learn about 10 foods to keep in your pantry, fridge or freezer that help maximize the nutrition you get from food, while limiting your trips to the grocery store. Register online now.
  • Cooking for Two –Virtual Cooking Demo: Plenty of Pumpkin
    WHEN: Wednesday, October 21, 2-2:45 p.m.
    COST: Free
    There’s good reason to eat more pumpkin. It’s a superfood for everyone – especially older adults! Learn why you should eat more pumpkin, and watch Isabel and Chris make three healthy, tasty dishes, all made with a humble can of pumpkin. To register, email Amy at amynichols@areaagencyonaging.org.
  • Chefs in Training
    WHEN: Thursday, October 22, 5-6 p.m.
    COST: Free
    Do your kids or grandkids like to cook? Are you looking for a family activity that is fun for both you and your young chefs? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join Isabel for this interactive, virtual cooking class. Get your mixing bowls, cutting boards and chef hats ready and Isabel will take you and your kids through a fun, healthy and tasty dish your kids can help you make. Register online now.

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 Flood or Isabel Hinton at (269) 639-2949 for more information and specific dates and times.

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 Flood at (269) 639-2949 or floodc@bronsonhg.org.

Meet Chris Flood, Health Educator

Chris Flood 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 floodc@bronsonhg.org or (269) 639-2949.

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    Attend a Virtual Healthy Living Class or Cooking Demo

    Held via Zoom by Bronson health educators, learn new ways to eat well and move often. See the list of available classes below.

    Register for a class

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    Eat well & move more

    Looking for ideas to keep your family healthy and moving this fall? Check out some fun activities, recipes and tips from Bronson's health educators.

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