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Building Healthy Places: Connecting our Communities to Good Food

For the past 9 months, Taste the Local Difference has partnered with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to implement the Building Healthy Places (BHP) Program. Through this program, the TLD team has connected 22 businesses and community organizations in Northeast and Southeast Michigan to funding and technical assistance for healthy food […]

Mental Health First Aid for Farmers

The National Farmers Union’s 118th Anniversary Convention gathered family farmers, ranchers, and industry professionals at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Georgia, earlier this March. This is an annual opportunity for family farmers from across the country to come together to learn, collaborate, and grow through discussions, brainstorming, and breakout sessions. While I didn’t have the […]

in Agriculture, Environment, Health, Learn More

Building Healthy Places with Local Food

More than 60% of Michiganders live with one, or more, chronic disease (diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, arthritis, etc.) and 95% of us engage in behaviors that contribute to chronic disease development. While these numbers are daunting, there is a lot we can do individually, and as communities, to change these numbers. One the most impactful […]

in Economy, Find Local Food, Health, Kelly Wilson, Learn More

Eat your Greens! Potassium & Health

Potassium is an essential micronutrient, mineral, and an electrolyte. You can find this essential nutrient in unprocessed foods, such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds. Fortunately, this time of year is a great time to get your potassium from locally grown foods! Green veggies like broccoli, spinach, and swiss chard are all good sources, […]

in Find Local Food, Health, Learn More

Dietitian’s Corner: Bone Health

Bone Health is good health. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 1 of 2 women and 1 of 4 men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. A healthful eating plan and weight-bearing activities are important to ensure strong bones. With spring greens and local dairy now available at the […]

in Eat Local, Health, Paula Martin, Recipes

Cultivating Health through School Gardens

Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBA ISD) is using gardening as a tool to improve student health. Thanks to SNAP-ED funding through the USDA and the Michigan Fitness Foundation, TBA ISD implements a program called LifeSPAN, which performs cooking and nutrition lessons year round in the classroom to increase students fruit and vegetable intake […]

Healthy Habits Sprouting at Platte River Head Start!

The Head Start classrooms over at Platte River in Benzie County are instilling healthy habits in kids with help from Taste the Local Difference (TLD). Through the Building Healthy Communities (BHC) grant, this partnership is using funds to incorporate nutrition education into the Head Start curriculum. Kim Micham and Debra Rafferty at Platte River Head […]

in Find Local Food, Get Involved, Health, Marissa Natzke, Recipes

Healthy Kids Week: April 23-27

TLD would like all Michigan kids to have access to fresh, tasty and local foods.  Over the last year we’ve been inspired by the level of engagement we’ve had making these goals a reality at worksites, schools and other community organizations across Michigan.

in Find Local Food, Get Involved, Health, Paula Martin