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December 2, 2014. #LansingLovesGivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving back! Join us on #GivingTuesday and be part of the #LansingLovesGivingTuesday team to make Greater Lansing the most generous region in Michigan. Donate to your favorite nonprofit, give back in service to your community, or simply pay it forward in your own household.

December 6, 2014: "Be Covered, Be Confident" health resource expo hosted by BCBS of Michigan, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at Foster Community Center (200 N Foster Ave, Lansing). Gather information about health insurance and enroll into a health plan right at the event. Plus, there will be free health screenings, presentations, and resource tables to visit throughout the day. Come visit the CAHA table! FREE.

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, 1:30-4:00 p.m. at Meridian Township’s Historical Village (5151 Marsh Road, Okemos). Take a walk through Nancy Moore Park, join Santa and friends for a Christmas celebration in the Village, including the annual tree lighting! For questions, please Alicia Armstrong, Playmakers Fitness Foundation, at 517-282-5035 or visit www.cphlansing.com. FREE.

December 18, 2014. Capital Area Health Alliance 21st Anniversary Celebration & Annual Meeting. Come celebrate 21 years of the Alliance, which works to facilitate improvements in healthy living, access, quality, and cost of health care resources in the Tri-County area.

We will have a keynote address by Melanie Brim, President and CEO of the Michigan Health Council. We will also present our annual awards for community service, nursing excellence, physician leadership, and healthy lifestyles advancement and discuss the achievements of the Alliance committees in 2014 as well as future opportunities to empower our community to achieve better health.

A breakfast buffet will be served, with opportunities for networking. There is no charge for attendance, but registration is required. Please contact the Alliance at CAHealthAlliance@aol.com to register.

 

December 20, 2014: Mobile Food Pantry will distribute FREE, fresh, non-perishable food items from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Bethlehem Temple Church (1518 W. Washington Ave.). Open to individuals who are 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.


January 9, 2014: Winter 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.


February 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, 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.


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.

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.

Parenting Education Classes 2014 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.