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Your resource for choosing a healthier, more active lifestyle in the Midland area.

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Cancer Services

Cancer Services provides compassionate cancer patient support programs, and promotes healthier living through cancer prevention education at schools, worksites and other locations, specializing in tobacco use treatment for a smoke-free community. Cancer Services also provides weekly gentle yoga classes and low-impact Zumba classes for cancer survivors and caregivers free of charge.

Chippewa Nature Center

CNC features over 15 miles of trails, 1400 acres, nature walks, field trips, workshops, school and scout programs and Nature Day Camp and a Nature Preschool, all to inspire people and institutions to protect the natural world.

Friends of Pere Marquette

The Pere Marquette rail trail stretches over 30 miles from Midland to Clare and is enjoyed by bikers, runners, walkers and skaters both for recreation and transportation. Visit us on Facebook at

Midland Community Center

Provides affordable and quality recreational, social, and personal development opportunities for all ages including classes, leagues, fun runs, and individual recreation opportunities.

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Midland Community Tennis Center

Michigan's largest tennis facility with 16 indoor/ 16 outdoor tennis courts. Great programming for all ages and levels. Learn to play tennis in just one hour.

MidMichigan Health

MidMichigan Health offers a variety of exercise and recreation programs to help you manage a medical condition or just live a healthier lifestyle.  Visit and click on Support Services. Here you will learn more about MidMichigan’s fitness programs, nutrition counseling, wellness coaching, and support groups. There are also health calculators to help manage and monitor your health. We also offer a variety of classes and health screenings. Visit to browse our offerings and sign up.


ReallyBeThere is dedicated to helping enable anyone, young or old, to actively engage in life with enthusiasm, energy, and confidence to achieve and sustain a healthy and balanced sense of well-being. ReallyBeThere offers ChiRunning and ChiWalking classes and coaching, so you can learn how to run and walk more energy efficiently and injury-free.


Positive Relationships Boost Your Health Status

Mi-Vibe articles typically cover wellness topics such as eating more fruits and vegetables or increasing your activity level, but a significant factor affecting your ability to avoid disease is your sense of feeling supported by others.  We’ve known for some time that if a surgical patient comes home to a caring spouse or friend to recuperate after a hospitalization, they are less likely to suffer complications and actually heal faster.  Ongoing studies continue to reaffirm that having at least one loving relationship can be one of the most important components of maintaining good health.  Pets also provide this benefit. The reality is that if your closest relationships are stressful, it can actually jeopardize your ability to stay well.  So let’s look at what can foster optimal interaction with the key people in our lives:

  1.  Make the time to keep communication flowing.  If thoughts and feelings about what is happening regarding the challenges of life are bottled up, it can push the other person away.  Sit down with no distractions and make sure all concerns are shared and feelings validated.

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Jan Hopes Her Stop-Smoking Success Encourages Others

When you’ve worked all your adult life and find out your job is no longer there, it can be a bit stressful.  That’s what 55 year old Jan Blenkhorn found out earlier this year.  “I knew that my discretionary income was going to be less, I wasn’t getting any younger, and it just felt like the right time to finally quit smoking,” Jan explained as she talked about making the decision to end her pack and a half per day habit.  Having heard that Cancer Services had nicotine addiction treatment specialists who help motivated people stop using tobacco, Jan made her first appointment in May.  Knowing her plan to quit was going to be a challenge, “I figured it just made sense to get to some assistance from an experienced professional if I was going to give myself the best chance to succeed.”  

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Be Inspired By a Friend's Success

Reaching the age when you are considered a “senior citizen” can be daunting and prompt some introspection.  How did I get here so fast?  Have I accomplished what I thought I would by this age? For many people and myself included, it also raises the question, “Am I doing all I can to stay as healthy as possible?”  When I answered that question honestly in May, my answer was, “No!”  Thankfully, I have a friend who nudged me to do more.

Like many people contemplating behavior change, rationalizing comes easily.  Because I take no prescription medications and I’m in the habit of eating healthy food most of the time, participate in yoga weekly, and have a nearly 15 year habit of walking in the morning before work with a buddy, I’ve felt justified that I was doing enough.  My reality check was admitting that aerobic and flexibility exercises are only part of what makes us fit.  Muscle strengthening is essential to fitness as well…especially as we age.

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