Nutrition Education at Bronson Wellness Center
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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.

  • Avocados and Other Healthy Fats: Thursday, September 15, 9-10 a.m.
    Fat is NOT an enemy! Learn about different types of fats, how much fat you need to be healthy, and how to incorporate more healthy fats into your diet. Learn more and register.
  • Healthy Cooking with Bronson: Terrific Tacos: Wednesday, September 28, 2-3 p.m.
    In this virtual cooking class, watch as our health educators prepare two tacos that put a healthy twist on your traditional beef and cheese recipe. Learn more and register.
  • 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.

    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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      Nutrition Resources

      For healthy recipes, nutrition tips and ideas for keeping your kids active, check out our Bronson Eats webpage.

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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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