Calendar

Find healthy living activities and community events from CAHA and our partners! 

March 6, 2014Winter Showshoe Hike, Fenner Nature Center (2020 E. Mt. Hope Ave., Lansing), 6:00-8:00 p.m. Join naturalists for a lantern-guided walk through the snow at the monthly Winter Snowshoe Hike. Traverse the snowy trails while learning all about winter ecology. No experience necessary, and open for all ages. Maximum of 10 participants, so call 517-483-4224 to reserve your spot! Cost: $7.

March 6, 2015: Free Cardiovascular Screenings, Women’s Center of Greater Lansing (1710 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing). Screening includes measurement of heart rate & variability, autonomic nervous system evaluation, aging vascular health evaluation, and reading of physical stress, mental stress, and stress resistance levels. Call 517-372-9163 or email womenscentergl@gmail.com to reserve your spot!

March 11, 2015: Healthy Lifestyles Committee Meeting, 9:00-11:00, Michigan Osteopathic Association (2445 Woodlake Circle, Okemos, MI 48864).

March 11, 2015: Feet & Fitness Day at Sparrow, 10am – 8pm, Sparrow Professional Building – 3rd Floor Atrium (1200 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing). Playmakers and the Sparrow Hospital Guild have teamed up to get your feet ready for spring with footwear, Good Form Walking and Running Clinics, shoe fittings, gait analysis, and prizes. Pre-register for free clinics online. 

March 15, 2015: Lucky Feet! 5K Kidney Run/Walk, 9:00 a.m., MSU Auditorium (542 Auditorium Rd., East Lansing). St. Patrick’s Day Costume Contest, ¼ Mile Leprechaun Leap for kids, medals for all participants, and awards for top finishers. $35 registration fee. Run benefits the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. For registration and additional information, visit nkfm.org/luckyfeet.

March 18, 2015: Assertiveness Support Group, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Women's Center of Greater Lansing (1710 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing). The first meeting of a 7-week workshop designed to help you say no and and provide a support system from other people who are learning to feel confident. Call 517-372-9163 to reserve your spot. FREE.

March 19, 2015: “Silence Equals Death” – How the Heroin Epidemic is Driving Change in Perception, Treatment, & the Law, 6:00-9:00 p.m., Cooley Law School (300 S. Capitol Ave., Lansing). Learn more about how the heroin epidemic is changing the way addiction is perceived and treated at a free screening of “The Anonymous People” and a panel discussion with experts in treatment and recovery. Reserve your space by emailing rousseal@cooley.edu. FREE.

March 21, 2015: The Mobile Food Pantry will distribute FREE, fresh, non-perishable food items from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church (2001 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing). Who can participate? The disadvantaged and vulnerable, senior citizens on fixed incomes, and families/individuals with limited or low income jobs. Valid state ID or driver’s license required. Participants should bring a box or bag to carry food. For more information, call the City of Lansing Human Relations & Community Services Department at (517) 483-4477.

March 22, 2015: Let's Walk & Talk with a Doctor at Hawk Island Park, presented by the Capital Area Health Alliance in partnership with the Winter Warm Up Celebration. Join us at 1:00 p.m. at Hawk Island Park (1601 E. Cavanaugh Road, Lansing) to meet, walk and talk with a local physician while learning about all of the great benefits of being physically active. Also, celebrate the Winter Warm Up with FIT Checks, community awards, the Traveling Golden Trophy, Healthy Habits Essay Art Gallery, and the 4th Annual Healthy Lifestyle Awards. Refreshments and prizes, too. FREE!

This walk is part of the 2015 Let's Walk & Talk with a Doctor series, featuring FREE monthly walks in various parks throughout the tri-county area. For a full schedule of 2015 events, click HERE. To sign up for monthly email reminders of the walks, please contact the Alliance at CAHealthAlliance@aol.com. 

March 23, 2015: CMHA-CEI Annual Community Breakfast: “From the World of Addiction to the Story of HOPE”, 8:00 – 11:30 a.m., Lansing Center (333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing). WAI-IAM StraightTALK presentation takes you into the chaos of addition and leaves you with a sense of peace for a bright future. Also featuring exhibit tables (visit the CAHA table!), breakfast, Annual Report, and Distinguished Service Award. RSVP at 517-346-8238 or Hazle@ceicmh.org. FREE.

March 28, 2015: Free Mental Health Workshop, 9:00 a.m. – noon, Hannah Community Center (819 Abbot Road, East Lansing). The workshop will focus on education and awareness of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, thoughts of suicide, bipolar disorder and many others. Attendees will learn how to recognize signs of mental illness and how to seek help or treatment from healthcare providers. Presented by Lansing Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Please register at DSTLAChealthyLife@gmail.com.


April 8, 2015: Gardening 101 (Adults), 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Capital Area District Library – Haslett. Learn the basics of gardening and where to find local resources, presented by Greater Lansing Food Bank's Garden Project. Part of CADL's Spring Gardening Series. 

April 12, 2015: 21st Annual Race for the Place 5K, 1:00 p.m., Jenison Field House (MSU Campus). This fun-filled family event features a 5K Run/Walk, FREE Kids 100-Yard Dash, and a Kids One-Mile Fun Run as well as a visit from Sparty! All race participants also receive free admission to MSU baseball and softball games on Sunday. Registration fee for 5K is $25-30; Kids One-Mile Fun Run entry fee is $15. Funds raised go to support MSU Safe Place, which provides services to those experiencing relationship violence and stalking. Part of the 2015 Greater Lansing Race Series

April 15, 2015: Healthy Lifestyles Committee Meeting, 9:00-11:00, Michigan Osteopathic Association (2445 Woodlake Circle, Okemos, MI 48864).

April 18, 2015: Let's Walk & Talk with a Doctor at Valhallah Park, presented by the Capital Area Health Alliance. Join us from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Valhallah Park (4000 Keller Road, Holt) to meet, walk and talk with a local physician while learning about all of the great benefits of being physically active. FREE!

This walk is part of the 2015 Let's Walk & Talk with a Doctor series, featuring FREE monthly walks in various parks throughout the tri-county area. For a full schedule of 2015 events, click HERE. To sign up for monthly email reminders of the walks, please contact the Alliance at CAHealthAlliance@aol.com. 

April 26, 2015Mid-Michigan Race for the Cure, 2:00 p.m., State Capitol (Capitol & Michigan Avenues, Lansing). Registration fees apply. Register online or at area organizations.


May 2, 2015: Spring/Summer Choosing Health!® Rally and Let's Walk & Talk with a Doctor, presented by the Capital Area Health Alliance. Join us at 2:00 p.m. at the Fenner Nature Center (202 E. Mount Hope Avenue, Lansing). FREE!

Discover community resources that are available during the spring and summer to help your pursuit of healthy lifestyles. Enjoy Children's Activities, Cooking Demonstrations, Fitness Classes, Taste of Health, Healthy Lifestyle Resources, and Door Prizes. PLUS, meet, walk and talk with a local physician while learning about all of the great benefits of being physically active.  

This walk is part of the 2015 Let's Walk & Talk with a Doctor series, featuring FREE monthly walks in various parks throughout the tri-county area. For a full schedule of 2015 events, click HERE. To sign up for monthly email reminders of the walks, please contact the Alliance at CAHealthAlliance@aol.com. 

May 13, 2015: Healthy Lifestyles Committee Meeting, 9:00-11:00, Michigan Osteopathic Association (2445 Woodlake Circle, Okemos, MI 48864).

May 16, 2015: 9th Annual Miles for Smiles 5K, 9:00 a.m. (registration), Granger Meadows Park (1275 Granger Meadows Lane, Lansing). Walk on a paved path around Granger Meadows Park with festivities, refreshments, entertainment and prizes. There’s also a kid-friendly “Dental Dash”! Rain or shine! Registration fee: $20-25. Funds raise money to help Head Start families who need dental care. Visit www.cacsheadstart.org/Help-Out/Miles-for-Smiles for more information. 


June 6, 2015: Let's Walk & Talk with a Doctor at the River Trail, presented by the Capital Area Health Alliance. Join us from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Brenke Fish Ladder & Lansing River Trail (on the Grand River, south of E. Grand River Avenue, Lansing) to meet, walk and talk with a local physician while learning about all of the great benefits of being physically active. In partnership with NorthWest Initiative. FREE!

This walk is part of the 2015 Let's Walk & Talk with a Doctor series, featuring FREE monthly walks in various parks throughout the tri-county area. For a full schedule of 2015 events, click HERE. To sign up for monthly email reminders of the walks, please contact the Alliance at CAHealthAlliance@aol.com. 

June 10, 2015: Healthy Lifestyles Committee Meeting, 9:00-11:00, Michigan Osteopathic Association (2445 Woodlake Circle, Okemos, MI 48864).

June 14, 2015: 2015 Greater Lansing Kidney Walk, 12:00 p.m., Hawk Island Park (1601 E Cavanaugh Rd, Lansing). Enjoy a scenic walk through Hawk Island Park as well as a Champion’s Tent for patients and their caregivers, DJ and live music, free food & parking, and kids activities! Walk begins at 1:00 p.m. Registration Fee: $10-20 (funds go to support the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan). For more information contact Kiel Porter at 734-222-9800 or kporter@nkfm.org.


July 8, 2015: Healthy Lifestyles Committee Meeting, 9:00-11:00, Michigan Osteopathic Association (2445 Woodlake Circle, Okemos, MI 48864).

July 11, 2015: Let's Walk & Talk with a Doctor at the CIS Trail, presented by the Capital Area Health Alliance. Join us from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at the CIS Trail/Clinton County Courthouse (100 E. State Street, St. Johns) to meet, walk and talk with a local physician while learning about all of the great benefits of being physically active. In partnership with the City of St. Johns. FREE!

This walk is part of the 2015 Let's Walk & Talk with a Doctor series, featuring FREE monthly walks in various parks throughout the tri-county area. For a full schedule of 2015 events, click HERE. To sign up for monthly email reminders of the walks, please contact the Alliance at CAHealthAlliance@aol.com. 


August 12, 2015: Healthy Lifestyles Committee Meeting, 9:00-11:00, Michigan Osteopathic Association (2445 Woodlake Circle, Okemos, MI 48864).

August 18, 2015: Let's Walk & Talk with a Doctor at Benjamin Davis Park, presented by the Capital Area Health Alliance. Join us from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at Benjamin Davis Park/South Lansing Pathway (5614 Pleasant Grove Road, Lansing) to meet, walk and talk with a local physician while learning about all of the great benefits of being physically active. In partnership with the South Lansing Community Development Association. FREE!

This walk is part of the 2015 Let's Walk & Talk with a Doctor series, featuring FREE monthly walks in various parks throughout the tri-county area. For a full schedule of 2015 events, click HERE. To sign up for monthly email reminders of the walks, please contact the Alliance at CAHealthAlliance@aol.com. 


September 9, 2015: Healthy Lifestyles Committee Meeting, 9:00-11:00, Michigan Osteopathic Association (2445 Woodlake Circle, Okemos, MI 48864).

September 26, 2015: Let's Walk & Talk with a Doctor at AL!VE, presented by the Capital Area Health Alliance. Join us from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at AL!VE (800 Lawrence Ave., Charlotte) to meet, walk and talk with a local physician while learning about all of the great benefits of being physically active. In partnership with Family Health & Fitness Day. FREE!

This walk is part of the 2015 Let's Walk & Talk with a Doctor series, featuring FREE monthly walks in various parks throughout the tri-county area. For a full schedule of 2015 events, click HERE. To sign up for monthly email reminders of the walks, please contact the Alliance at CAHealthAlliance@aol.com. 


October 14, 2015: Healthy Lifestyles Committee Meeting, 9:00-11:00, Michigan Osteopathic Association (2445 Woodlake Circle, Okemos, MI 48864).


November 11, 2015: Healthy Lifestyles Committee Meeting, 9:00-11:00, Michigan Osteopathic Association (2445 Woodlake Circle, Okemos, MI 48864).


December 9, 2015: Healthy Lifestyles Committee Meeting, 9:00-11:00, Michigan Osteopathic Association (2445 Woodlake Circle, Okemos, MI 48864).


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.

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.

Cooking Matters: Free classes in nutrition and cooking taught by MSU Extension (5303 S. Cedar Street, Lansing). Learn secrets from the pros and receive groceries and a cookbook to replicate recipes at home. Tuesday evenings at 1:30 pm, beginning on March 3, 2015. Call 517-887-4588 to register. FREE.

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.

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.

Laughter Yoga with Kiran Gupta: Free laughter yoga the second Wednesday of the month, 5:30-6:00 pm, Campus Village Center, 1151 Michigan Ave, East Lansing, MI, 517‐332‐9579. FREE.

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

Market Walk (Allen Neighborhood Center): Join us every Wednesday from 8:00-10:00 a.m. (starting Jan. 7) and Saturday from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Allen Market Place (1629 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing) to walk and accumulate mileage to exchange for vouchers to the weekly Allen Street Farmers Market. Walkers earn $10 after walking their first 5 miles and then $5 for each additional 5 miles. Please email Denise at denisep@allenneighborhoodcenter.org for more information.

Meditation with Kiran Gupta: Free meditation classes the second Wednesday of the month, 4:00-5:00 pm, Campus Village Center, 1151 Michigan Ave, East Lansing, MI, 517‐332‐9579. Learn the fundamentals of meditation and healing meditation using guided imagery. FREE.

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.

NAMI Family to Family Education Program - Spring 2015. Free 12-week class for parents, friends, and caregivers of persons with mental disorders. Meets on Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m., beginning on March 26. Coursework includes learning about feelings, diagnoses, biology of the brain, problem solving, medications, empathy, recovery services available, fighting stigma, and communication techniques. Registration required: Call 517-484-3404 or email info@namilansing.org. FREE.

Parenting Education Classes 2015 through the Eaton Regional Education Service Agency, serving Eaton, Ingham, and Clinton Counties.

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.

Tai Chi in the Park: Tai Chi in the Park is taught by Bob Teachout of Full Circle Tai Chi every Saturday morning from 9:00 – 9:50 am at Hunter Park in Lansing. All levels of skill welcome. FREE.

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

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Classes through Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, Ingham Counties (CMHA-CEI) are available through the end of December 2014. 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 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.