Recreation

Pedaling Towards Happiness: 7 Mental Health Benefits of Riding Bikes

Guest blog post WRITTEN BY Hillary Angus featured on Momentummag.com We all know that riding bikes is great for our physical health. It improves cardiovascular fitness, reduces body fat, builds strength, and improves circulation. But what about our mental health? The link between exercise and improved mental health is not new, many studies over the […]

Pawsitively Powerful: 7 Ways Therapy and Service Dogs Help Veterans

Guest Blog Post WRITTEN BY Jennifer Grant Animals assist humans in a myriad of ways, all worthy of the title of “Man’s Best Friend.” They also offer a variety of therapeutic benefits for many people in different occupations and stages of life. Veterans, those who protect the majestic American flag and serve the citizens of […]

Traveling Tips for Older Adventurers

Guest Blog Post WRITTEN BY Henry Moore of FitWellTraveler.com Close your eyes, and picture the average adventure traveler. Are you thinking of a mid-twenties guy, backpack slung over his shoulders, maybe a bandana holding back his dreadlocks? Well, you might be shocked to find that the average globetrotter is actually a 47-year-old woman. More and more middle-aged and […]

Sensory-Friendly Production coming March 24!

Accessible and Entertaining Shakespeare Performance for Individuals with Special Needs Old Town Playhouse to offer its first sensory-friendly theatrical performance The Old Town Playhouse, in partnership with the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD), is pleased to announce a unique sensory-friendly performance of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Saturday, March 24, from […]

Back to the Outdoors #OutdoorsForAll

Featured on UpNorthLive with Marc Schollett on Friday, October 6, 2017 WPBN/WGTU (Kalkaska County) — Getting around in the woods is never that easy, but it’s extra hard for folks dealing with issues like traumatic brain injuries, limb amputations, dementia, or PTSD. A Northern Michigan man has launched a new guiding business called Restorative Outdoor Services that will […]

Planning Your First Biking Expedition – 3 Things You Need To Know

Guest Blog Post WRITTEN BY Travis White of www.learnfit.org If you’ve decided to participate in your first triathlon, long-distance mountain biking trip, or camping and trail-riding adventure, there are a few things you should know ahead of time. Beginners often don’t realize that your mind, body, and gear need to be in tip-top shape before […]

Grass River Natural Area – Braille Field Guides

  The education director, James Dake, at the Grass River Natural Area has released the “Field Guide to Northwest Michigan,” a guide to local flora, fauna, geology, and history of the region.  Through a grant from the Michigan Braille Transcribing fund, they were able to transcribe this field guide into Braille. They have 28 Braille […]

Get your tickets TODAY! Benefit Concert September 8

Join us on Friday, September 8, at 7:30 p.m. for an Access For Everyone Benefit Concert featuring acoustic guitar duo, Wyatt & Shari Knapp, at the Red Sky Stage in downtown Petoskey. Help us raise money and awareness to finish the beach access project at Wilderness State Park, located in northern Emmet county just south of the Mackinaw Bridge. […]

Fitness Can Be Fun For People with Disabilities

Guest blog post WRITTEN BY Travis White of learnfit.org Historically, access to physical activities for people with disabilities has been extremely limited. Think about it. For people with visual impairments, mobility issues, or mental health concerns, workout equipment, group exercise classes, and most sports aren’t even accessible, much less enjoyable. As a result, adults with […]