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Get Your Berry Fix at Buchan’s Blueberry Hill in Traverse City

At Buchan's Blueberry Hill on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, the thrill of harvest can't come soon enough.Echoing through the storefront of...

Traverse City Yoga Studio Shares Activities to Do at Home

Check out Just Bee Yoga + Well-being's virtual studio with yoga and mindfulness activities you can do at home. This winter, Kay Epple and Cathy...

Healthy Winter Breakfast Ideas (Protein Pancakes!) to Fuel Northern Michigan Activities

Blue skies. Fresh powder. And energy to burn. Sounds like a perfect day to explore the Northern Michigan outdoors. But before you go hiking, skiing...

Grand Traverse Bay YMCA is More Than a Gym, It’s a Community

Grand Traverse Bay YMCA wants everyone to have access to its Traverse City gyms, pools and fitness facilities, so the Northern Michigan nonprofit...

How to Find the Right Balance of Screen Time for Kids

It’s tough to decide how much screen time for kids is appropriate. Northern Michigan parents share their tips, ideas and struggles.  We've all read...

4 Ways to Be a Healthy Role Model for Your Kids

Tara Rybicki, a Traverse City-based Community Health Coordinator for Munson Healthcare, shares insights on what behaviors caregivers should be...

Gallagher’s Farm Market is a Favorite Fall Tradition in Traverse City

The flicker of a jack-o’-lantern on an autumn night holds a curious magic. Spend an afternoon in Traverse City at Gallagher's Farm Market in pursuit...

Healthy Activities to Reduce Screen Time for Kids and Adults

Numerous studies have been shared cautioning us about the implications of too much screen time, especially for children. In a media-savvy world,...

10 Healthy Ways to Stay Cool on a Hot Summer Day in Northern Michigan

The sun is hot. The humidity is up. And there are countless fun and healthy ways to enjoy the summer season in Northern Michigan—both...

5 Northern Michigan Blueberry U-Pick Farms with Fresh, Juicy Berries

Bringing your family on a blueberry-picking adventure is fun for everyone. Prime time for blueberries Up North is mid-to-late summer....

How to Avoid Sneaky Added Sugar + Oh-So-Delicious Low-Sugar Snacks

It’s common knowledge that a can of Coca-Cola is full of sugar. And it’s no surprise that many syrups, candies and desserts are, too....

Munson Hospitals Use Telemedicine to Connect Pediatric Patients with Specialists

Technology continues to reshape our world, including medicine. For pediatrics patients at Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital, it is...

Free Program, FitKids360, Helps Kids and Parents Create Healthy Habits

FitKids360, a free seven-week program, helps educate families about nutrition, exercise and living a healthy lifestyle. Developed in Grand Rapids in...

Munson Medical Center’s New Family Birth and Children’s Center Will Improve Care for Patients

Munson Medical Center is preparing for the hospital’s largest expansion project to date—an $80 million project that will include the construction of...

Munson Healthcare, Great Lakes Children’s Museum Partner for Kids’ Nutrition Series

Calvin Carrot or Penelope Pear could be the star in your child's next adventure at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum in Traverse City. The museum...

Candy Drop-Off Program Helps Parents Promote Healthier Habits

Munson Healthcare and the Northern Michigan Diabetes Initiative (NDMI) are partnering for the sixth consecutive year to promote healthier Halloween...

Back-to-School Lunch Inspiration: Broccoli Cheese Soup

Classic tin containers. Insulated canvas totes. Brown paper bags. While your kid may be concentrating on the style of their lunch box, as a parent...

3 Fresh, Fun TBAISD Farm to School Activities to Try at Home

During the 2017–2018 school year, the TBAISD Farm to School team partnered with nine area elementary schools. And at each school, they developed...

Munson Medical Center’s High Risk Perinatal Program Works to Improve Care for Obstetrics Patients

Each year, women in Northern Michigan give birth to about 5,000 babies, and of those pregnancies, about a third are considered high risk. The...

Start a Healthy Easter Tradition + Northern Michigan Easter Events

Sure it may be the “norm,” but Easter eggs don’t need to be filled with candy. This year, start a new (and healthier!) Easter egg hunt...

How to Start a Garden for Kids this Spring

Spring is on its way, and that means your green thumb is just itching to get to work. Plus, you want to share your planting passion with your kids!...

Healthy Futures Program Connects Northern Michigan Families with Resources They Need

The more researchers learn about the earliest years of a child’s development, the more they see how important those years are to the long-term...

Grand Traverse Bay YMCA Announces Opening of Youth and Family Center

The YMCA is a non-profit organization committed to active youth and healthy families; they are excited to expand this commitment with the opening of...

Healthy Halloween: Eat a Little Candy, Share a Lot with Troops

Stefanski Dental and Munson Healthcare are once again offering a unique Halloween candy buy-back event to support Operation Gratitude. Stefanski...

10 Best Kid Friendly Restaurants in Traverse City

More than 10,000 voters from across the state weighed in on 101 things they love about Northern Michigan. Their votes determined over 300 Red Hot...

Summer Skincare Tips for Kids and Adults

With the sunshine here to stay in Northern Michigan, make sure you're protected before heading outside. We chatted with Emily Hedley, a physician...

Girls on the Run 5K Helps Girls Pursue Their Dreams

TRAVERSE CITY: On Saturday, May 27 at 5 p.m., 1300 girls from the regional program Girls on the Run of Northwest Michigan will run their final 5K....

Silikids Offers Safe Alternative to Plastic Dishware

They say necessity is the mother of invention, but in Stacey Feeley’s case it was horror. When she became a mom, she was diligent about...

10 Fun Ideas for a Healthy Easter Basket + Natural Dye Recipe for Easter Eggs

Easter doesn't have to include the same sugar high as Halloween. Instead of filling Easter baskets with sugary sweets, opt for these healthy treats...

Kid-Friendly Recipe: Healthy Valentine Treats with Frozen Fruit

Kids will have fun making (and eating!) these Valentine treats that deliver on holiday sweetness the healthy way. Strawberry Banana Frozen Hearts...

Healthy After-School Snack Recipes from Local Dietician

These after-school snacks will help keep your kids healthy and happy. Recommended by Patti Hennrick, a registered dietician and certified diabetes...

Munson Medical Center Debuts Pediatric Floor Activity Room

TRAVERSE CITY: Munson Medical Center’s pediatric unit recently opened an activity room that allows kids to be kids during their hospital stay,...

How to Fight Childhood Obesity: Tips from a Traverse City Pediatrician

Childhood obesity is a growing problem in the U.S., and Northern Michigan is no exception. In the past 40 years, the prevalence of childhood obesity...

Red Hot Best 2016 Northern Michigan Pediatricians

More than 10,000 voters from across the state weighed in on 101 things they love about Northern Michigan. Their votes determined over 300 Red Hot...

Kid-Friendly Northern Michigan Strawberries Recipe

Local dietician, Patti Hennrick, shares this fun and simple recipe—a favorite of hers for a summer day with kids. Stop by your nearest farmers...

Grand Traverse Dyslexia Association in Traverse City

Vicki Norris, executive director of the Grand Traverse Dyslexia Association (GTDA) in Traverse City, knows how powerless a child can feel when they...

7 Northern Michigan Ice Cream Shops with Homemade Frozen Treats

Imagine blueberry ice cream made with berries picked that day, hundreds of creative flavors crafted in small batches, and even dairy free options...

Traverse City Author Promotes Healthy Eating With New Book

We're checking in with Traverse City author Lisa Maxbauer Price about her children's book "Squash Boom Beet: an Alphabet for Healthy, Adventurous...

Northern Michigan Cherry Smoothie Recipe

It's spring. And that means it's almost cherry season! We're eagerly waiting for the perfectly sweet and tart fruits and dreaming of all the...

PB & Jelly Pancake Recipe by Northern Michigan Chef

This fun Northern Michigan recipe gives everyone an excuse to eat peanut butter and jelly for breakfast! Thanks to As You Dish's Northern Michigan...

7 Easy Ways to Make Water Your Kids’ Favorite Drink

Connie Metcalf RD, a Munson Medical Center Dietitian in Traverse City, knows that water is key for kids' health. She shares with us water's...

Kid-Friendly Treats For Northern Michigan Holidays

The Northern Michigan holidays are a busy and exciting time for kids. Help them refuel with good nutrition. These easy snack ideas by Connie Metcalf...

Munson Medical Center Pediatric Anxiety Services

Munson Medical Center has a new child life specialist in Traverse City, Lisa Gates, specializing in dialing down a child's hospital anxiety. MyNorth...

Northern Michigan Halloween Health Tips & Traditions

Healthy Halloween? It’s not as hard as you think. See below for MyNorth.com tips, tricks and traditions to help Northern Michigan families have fun...

McLaren Northern Michigan Fights Childhood Obesity

MyNorth News Service (Press Release provided by McLaren Northern Michigan) PETOSKEY: Michigan has some of the highest obesity rates in the nation,...

McLaren Northern Michigan Lactation Program

MyNorth News Service (Press Release provided by McLaren Northern Michigan) PETOSKEY: Impressive cumulative research has proven that breastfeeding is...

10 Places to Buy Apple Cider in Northern Michigan

It wouldn't feel like fall without local cider. On your fall color tour getaway, stop at these orchards and markets for the best apple cider in...

6 Reasons to Get the Kids to a Northern Michigan Farmers Market

Who doesn’t look forward to local produce, fresh baked goods and beautiful flowers at the farmers market? One of the overlooked perks of attending a...

Grand Traverse YMCA Summer Family Fit Program

School is out, the kids are home, and all of a sudden it's a lot harder to find time for the family to workout. Look no further, because The Grand...

Traverse City Bike Group Norte! Receives Safe Routes to School Grant

MyNorth News Service (Press Release provided by Norte!) TRAVERSE CITY: We are thrilled to announce that Norte! has been selected by The Michigan...

Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Kids

The Grand Traverse Bay YMCA in Traverse City has been open at their new location for several months and they brought several of their popular...

Pediatric Specialties in Traverse City

A collaboration between Spectrum Health Medical Group and Munson Medical Center has resulted in the creation of the Helen Devos Children's Hospital...

Diabetes Month: A Traverse City Teen Shares His Story

Traverse City’s Elliot Lamie was just 3 years old when he was diagnosed as having diabetes, so he has no real memory of not having the condition as...

A Kid Friendly Recipe: Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

A Kids Can Recipe: Roasting Pumpkin Seeds. Pumpkins seeds are the ultimate farm-to-table snack. Here’s a recipe to help kids with making their own...

How to Pack a Healthy School Lunch

It's back to school time for Northern Michigan Kids and with that comes packed lunches! Check out the list below for some tips and tricks from the...

Healthy Exercise Habits for Northern Michigan Kids with Dr. David S. Olson

Voted the top pediatrician in Northern Michigan according to MyNorth's annual 'Red Hot Best' competition (click to read the whole line-up of...

Top 10 Northern Michigan Pediatricians

Here are the top 10 Northern Michigan Pediatricians—just in time for back to school check-ups. The following winners were determined by more than...

Northern Michigan Mosquito and Tick Bite Prevention

This summer, the outdoors are buzzing, and learning how to protect you and your kids from mosquito and tick bites can make your time hiking and...

Infant Heart Defects Detected at Traverse City’s Munson Hospital

Infant heart defects detected at Traverse City's Munson Hospital are quickly treated with help of downstate cardiologists at University of Michigan...

Children battling cancer enjoyed a week of summer camp at Lake Ann

Camp Quality Michigan gave nearly 50 children who have battled cancer a week of summer camp in Lake Ann.

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Food & Drink for Kids in Northern Michigan

Local Scoops at Moomers

Say hi to the friendly cows when you visit this iconic ice cream shop in Traverse City.

Camping with Kids

Some magazines make camping with kids look like a Pinterest board come to life with gourmet s’ mores and detailed crafting plans. This is not one of those stories. (It’s better.)

Best U-Picks for a Summer Afternoon

Spend a few hours at these local markets and orchards picking fruit, going on a wagon ride and eating homemade pie. 

Farms with Petting Zoos, Snacks (and Wine)!

Learn about farm animals up close and personal, and return for seasonal fun like pumpkin patches and corn mazes. 

Family-Friendly Restaurants in Traverse City

These local restaurants offer fun specials and an inviting atmosphere for young diners.

Yes, Kid-Friendly Wineries Exist!

These wineries within the Petoskey Wine Region offer games and outdoor areas, welcoming all ages to visit.

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