Calendar

October 4, 2014: A Woman's Health Experience 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at AL!VE (800 W. Lawrence Ave., Charlotte). This annual event focuses on five dimensions of women’s health: DO, BREATHE, EAT, THINK and SUPPORT, especially on breast health, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. With guest speaker Cathy George, MSU women’s volleyball coach; a physician panel; education & interactive booths; healthy cooking demos; wine tasting; group exercise demos; free childcare; and more! Co-hosted by the General Federation of Women's Clubs – Charlotte. FREE. 

October 5, 2014: Choosing Health!® Walking Society COLOR TOUR WALK at 9:00 a.m. at Thornapple Trail in Vermontville. Enjoy the vivid colors of the season! Hosted by the Thornapple Trail Association. The Society's monthly walks, held the first Sunday of the month, showcase the beauty, fun, and physical activity opportunities that Eaton County Parks have to offer. For more information contact Eaton County Parks at (517) 627-7351. FREE.

October 5, 2014: Dinosaur Dash 5K, 9:30 a.m., Michigan State University. The fast, flat 5K road race is a fall-time favorite and a long-time benefit for the MSU Museum educational programs. A full line-up of activities make for dinosaur-size fun and fitness for the whole family. Entry fees apply. 

October 5, 2014: Team Playmakers Women’s Couch to 5K Kickoff, 6:00 p.m., Playmakers (2299 W Grand River Ave, Okemos). This walking and running team is targeted toward women, with a focus on fitness and completing a 5K at the end of the session. Women of all ages are encouraged to sign up for this fund and energetic program. Registration fees apply. 

October 8, 2014Healthy Lifestyles Committee Meeting, 9:00-11:00, Michigan Osteopathic Association (2445 Woodlake Circle, Okemos, MI 48864).

October 8, 2014: International Walk to School Day! The Michigan Fitness Foundation’s Safe Routes to School Program and the Michigan Department of Transportation invites all K-8 schools to participate. This year’s theme for Walk to School Day is SPACE. We want to encourage students to go out and explore their universe. Go to www.saferoutesmichigan.org and click on the Walk to School Day link to register.

October 11, 20146th Annual Green Space Trail Race at the Ingham Conservation District. Enjoy a challenging trail race of 5K or 10K while supporting local conservation. Run or walk through 200 acres of wetlands, woodlands, and prairie. Race begins at 9:00 a.m. Early Bird Registration (until September 13) is $25. After September 13: $35. Register online.

October 18, 2014: Let's Walk & Talk with a Doctor at Hunter Park (1400 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing), facilitated by CAHA in partnership with the Allen Neighborhood Center Market Walk and Community Partners in Health. Facilitated by CAHA. Come walk and talk with local physician Dr. Strandmark while learning about the great benefits of being physically active.

For more information, or to get on the mailing list to learn about future walks, contact CAHA at CAHealthAlliance@aol.com.

October 20, 2014: Food Systems Work Group Fall Potluck Dinner & Annual Meeting, Allen Market Place, 5:00-6:45 p.m. This is a great opportunity for interested community members (and their guests) to come learn about the latest and greatest in the local food system with short snippets from people doing work in the community! There will be a guest speaker and door prizes! Please contact Melissa Lott, lottmeli@yahoo.com for additional information.

October 30, 2014: Spooky Saucony Fun Run, 6:00 p.m., Playmakers (2299 W Grand River Ave, Okemos). Enjoy a 5K fun run/walk, followed by Halloween treats and the launch of the Saucony Guide 8 and Triumph running shoes! Door prizes and costume prizes awarded. Registration open to the first 200 people.

October 30, 2014: Creepy Crawly Chiller Meet and Greet Halloween Thriller, 5-7 pm, Capital Area Center for Independent Living (2812 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lansing). Meet the staff and learn about what CACIL has to offer as Lansing’s only disability resource center. Enjoy ghoulish games, frightening foods, and tricks and treats! Call 517-999-2760 with any questions. 


November 2, 2014Choosing Health!® Walking Society HALLOWEEN/PET PARADE WALK at 9:00 a.m. at Fitgerald Park in Grand Ledge. Come in costume and bring a pet (on a leash)! The Society's monthly walks, held the first Sunday of the month, showcase the beauty, fun, and physical activity opportunities that Eaton County Parks have to offer. For more information contact Eaton County Parks at (517) 627-7351. FREE.

November 5, 2014: Celebrate National Healthy Eating Day! Take the first step in making healthier food choices by visiting the American Heart Association’s website for a Toolkit for tips on how to celebrate in your family, workplace, school, or community.

November 12, 2014Healthy Lifestyles Committee Meeting, 9:00-11:00, Michigan Osteopathic Association (2445 Woodlake Circle, Okemos, MI 48864).

November 15, 2014: CMHA invites you to an Afternoon in the Park at Potter Park Zoo! Free to all recipients of Community Mental Health Services, employees, family, and friends. From 1:00-4:00pm, enjoy zoo tours, face painting, dancing with the turkey, goodie bags, storytime, free books, soup, cookies, and more! Free admission and parking. 

November 19, 2014“Never Give Up. Never Quit.” U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills is just one of five quadruple-amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who survived injuries as a result of an IED in 2012. Travis will share his inspirational and hopeful story of the daily challenges of our wounded veterans and the rehabilitation process. Presented by Peckham Community Partnership Foundation Speaker Series. To reserve complimentary seats, please email events@peckham.org. Morning and afternoon sessions available.


December 7, 2014Choosing Health!® Walking Society CELEBRATION FINALE FOR 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Location TBD. Fun, prizes, and recognition for those who participated in all Society monthly walks.  For more information contact Eaton County Parks at (517) 627-7351. FREE.

December 10, 2014Healthy Lifestyles Committee Meeting, 9:00-11:00, Michigan Osteopathic Association (2445 Woodlake Circle, Okemos, MI 48864).

December 14, 2014Walking In Our Community Event #9: Holiday Walk, Nancy Moore Park (5151 Marsh Road, Okemos). Greg Grothous from Meridian Parks and Recreation will guide us through paved parkways to the Meridian Historical Village, to enjoy Christmas in the Village. For questions, please contact Alicia Armstrong, Playmakers Fitness Foundation, at 517-282-5035 or visit www.cphlansing.com. FREE.


Ongoing Resources

AL!VE: Fall 2014 Program Guide. Get active and get healthy! From special events, fitness classes, women's health programs, dancing, cooking, yoga, and support groups, this guide has it all.

Good Form Movement Clinics: Free clinics the second and fourth Mondays of each month, 6:00-7:15 p.m. at Playmakers in Okemos. Sign up online at www.playmakers.com/GoodForm/Classes.aspx.

Good Form Running Clinics: Learn to run easier, healthier, and faster. Free clinics every Tuesday and Thursday, 6:00-7:15 p.m. at Playmakers in Okemos. Sign up online at www.playmakers.com/GoodForm/Classes.aspx.

Good Form Walking Clinics: Learn to walk light and easy. Free clinics the first and third Mondays of each month at 6:30-7:30p.m. at Playmakers in Okemos. Sign up online at www.playmakers.com/GoodForm/Classes.aspx.

Playmakers Injury Clinics: If you have sore feet, heels, knees or back or some other injury, come to Playmakers in Okemos from 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday and talk things over with a sports medicine professional.

YMCA Turning Point Program for Breast Cancer Survivors: Supportive breast cancer fitness and yoga classes for patients and survivors. 

Tai Chi in Hunter Park (Allen Neighborhood Center) Tai Chi in the Park is taught by Bob Teachout every Saturday morning from 9:00 – 9:50 am. All levels of skill welcome. FREE.

Friday Noon Stroll Join us every Friday at noon for a Walk on the Hunter Park Path (Allen Neighborhood Center). Bring friends, dogs, children, stories and become a part of this Friday noon tradition! FREE.

Community Yoga at Just B Yoga Studio Free weekly power yoga class for all levels! Get rid of stress, increase muscle tone, and meet new friends. Yoga mats provided. For more information, please call (517) 488-5260 or visit http://justbyoga.com/classes/schedule/. (106 Island Avenue, Lansing). FREE.

Laughter Yoga with Kiran Gupta, First Monday of the month, 5:30-6 pm, Campus Village Center, 1151 Michigan Ave, East Lansing, MI, 517‐332‐9579

Let's Garden Lansing. Local listing of educational classes & events on gardening, food, and nutrition.

MSU Extension Workshops on Stretching Your Food Dollar: These days it is hard for families and individuals to make food purchases stretch throughout the month. Learn techniques and tips in planning meals, preparing easy recipes at home and smart shopping. Michigan State University Extension offers classes on stretching your food dollar, meal planning and smart shopping workshops. For more information please call 517-887-4588 or contact Joyce McGarry, Extension Educator at mcgarryj@anr.msu.edu.FREE.

Parenting Education Classes 2014 through the Eaton Regional Education Service Agency, serving Eaton, Ingham, and Clinton Counties.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Classes through Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, Ingham Counties (CMHA-CEI). This class is designed to teach adults how to help an adolescent who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Training is FREE for the first 600 people, under a State of Michigan grant. Lunch is provided, and you will receive a certificate that is good for 3 years. For questions or to register, email hazle@ceicmh.org or call 517-346-8238.

Lansing City Market Family Education Days. Each week (on Thursdays at 5 p.m.), the Lansing City Market Family Education Days program features different topics for adults and children. All programing is free. Families with young kids might enjoy features scheduled for 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. (such as food sample, a nutrition lesson and games). Live music is also scheduled at noon every Friday and every Saturday at 11 a.m. FREE.