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                                                                          Mecosta County!

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  • Walk Big Rapids

  • Whether you are taking a leisurely weekend stroll or you’re already an avid daily walker, Big Rapids Michigan has a trail for you! Walking is the perfect low-impact exercise for developing and maintaining overall fitness. The benefits of a consistent walking program go far beyond increasing your fitness level, walking is associated with a reduced risk of heart attack and type 2 diabetes, as well as increased energy and muscle tone, stress reduction and weight control.

    Big Rapids Michigan offers many unique, public walking and hiking trails. Here are a few highlights that you can experience along these trails. The Riverwalk, an award winning, multifunctional pathway gives access to fishing platforms, benches, bike racks and picnic areas on either side of the 250 foot wooden bridge that spans the Muskegon River. The White Pine Trail is nearly 100 miles of Mother Nature at her finest with abundant wildlife life around every corner not to mention numerous trees, streams, wild flowers and breathtaking views. The Ferris State University Campus trail also gives you the opportunity to enjoy various art and sculptures along the way creating a “walking art museum”. No matter what path you choose to follow you are certain to have a great time here in Big Rapids Michigan!
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    MENU PLANNING TIPS

    Regular planned activity and healthy eating helps decrease the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. Here is a list of tips to a healthier life:

    Variety - Plan several days or a week of meals at a time. This will help you avoid repeating foods too often.

    Color - Think about all the different colors of foods. Colorful meals are more appealing. For example, color in foods such as orange and green fruits and vegetables can indicate the presence of vitamin A.

    Texture - Include foods that are crunchy, chewy, and smooth. This will add interest to the meal.

    Aroma - Prepare foods that smell good. Baking bread, cooking with spices such as cinnamon, and sautéing onions are examples of aromas that will stimulate appetites.

    Portions - Serve portions that are inline with My Pyramid recommendations.

    Arrangement - Pay attention to how food looks on the plate. It should look good, delicious and appealing.

    Choice - Select foods you know your family will eat and are within your budget. Don't be afraid to try new things.