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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.

Even More Active Opportunities

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.


Mom and Daughter on Their Way to a Healthier Life

Two decades ago Winnie Bainor didn’t let anything stop her from being active.  She loved to water ski, horse- back ride, play tennis and attend aerobic dance classes.  Her weight wasn’t a problem because she never slowed down.  Most days her hectic schedule revolved around working at Union Carbide, helping her aging parents, and making every effort to be a good wife and mother to two children.  Then it was announced that they would be transferred to Midland from Connecticut.  It was the biggest adjustment of her life, but the most difficult aspect was the considerable distance from close-knit extended family.



Winnie’s husband quickly acclimated to his position at Dow and their son and daughter developed new friendships among classmates at Woodcrest Elementary School.  When their marriage deteriorated and finally ended, it presented a whole new set of challenges.  Financial difficulties were a constant source of stress.  Winnie’s diagnosis of arthritis in both hips necessitated hip replacement surgery and her very active life came to a screeching halt.   She couldn’t continue in her part-time job because it required lifting she was no longer able to perform.  All during this time the pounds starting piling on for both Winnie and her daughter. The Italian pastas and sauces she was raised on became a major source of comfort. While her doctor was pleased at how well she healed from surgery, he was also becoming concerned regarding her rising blood pressure and cholesterol.  Attempts at losing weight never brought sustained results.  It was a very dark time.


A significant step forward happened when she landed a full-time office position and began working with people who supported her in making healthy life-style choices.  A noon-hour weight loss instructor conducted a series of sessions for staff where smarter eating strategies were discussed, weigh-ins took place, and tasty low-calorie recipes were shared.  It provided a framework for beginning a slow, steady pace toward her goal of improved health.  All the while, Winnie shared the lessons learned with her daughter which helped her lose weight too.  Even though weight loss plateaued, she and a co-worker continued seeking out additional healthy lifestyle expertise from Kari Atkinson from A Touch of Health Massage Therapy and Wellness.  The pounds continued to fall away.  Even though she hasn’t yet reached her goal, she was able to discontinue some of her medications and has made steady progress.  Her doctor is pleased to see a significant difference from one year ago.  Winnie just knows she feels well, her stomach doesn’t hurt as much because of her new food choices, and with the Lord’s help she will keep on this path the rest of her long and healthy life.


 Winnie Bainor is the Administrative Assistant at Cancer Services.  She is the proud mother of Athony, a PhD candidate at NewYork University and Michelina, a sophomore at Oakland University, and owner of three loving canines.

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