Healthy eating along the Riverwalk

Dannee Hoffman, manager of TJ’s Pub, serves pesto pizza to Pat Lynett and Jim Hanson during Healthy Active Manistee Week’s Healthy Taste of Manistee event Monday. (Dave Yarnell/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — The fifth annual Healthy Active Manistee Week, also called “HAM It Up” Week, continued Monday with several activities, including a Healthy Taste of Manistee along the Riverwalk.

TJ’s Pub, River Street Stockyard, House of Flavors Restaurant and the Manistee Community Kitchen handed out free samples of healthy food — from pesto pizza to gazpacho to basil bean salad, spinach dip and more.

“We did a little sampler of what we serve in the restaurant,” said Dannee Hoffman, manager of TJ’s Pub. “Our menu doesn’t include anything fried or cooked on a flat top grill, so our food by nature is just a little bit lighter. The spinach dip was lighter on the cheese and heavier on the flavor. A lot of the young people who work for me don’t understand that healthier food can taste good — and it does.”

Sharon Gallentine samples basil bean salad, served by Alex Shelton, of River Street Stockyard. (Dave Yarnell/News Advocate)

Al Frye of the Manistee Community Kitchen was pleased that the food establishments took the time to be a part of the event.

“It’s a big commitment for a restaurant to be out here this time of the day,” he said.

He agreed with Hoffman that healthy eating can be flavorful, “especially this time of the year, with all the fresh produce that’s available.”

HAM It Up week is coordinated by the City of Manistee Non-Motorized Transportation Committee with the idea that a week of fun activities will encourage residents to have a healthier, more active summer.

Today students at Bear Lake Schools will participate in a timed jog challenge; there will be a free PIYO class at 5:30 p.m. that fuses pilates, yoga, strength training and flexibility at the West Shore Health Connection; road bicycle time trials at 6:30 p.m. on Forest Trail Road in Mason County near Lake Michigan Recreation Area; a free family swim at Paine Aquatic Center at Manistee High School at 6:30 p.m.; and line dancing and line dancing lessons at 6:30 p.m. at the Manistee VFW post.

A Riverwalk workout will be the first activity on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at the Lions pavilion at Douglas Park First Street Beach and Tai Chi will be offered at Fifth Avenue Beach at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m., there will be a nature hike on the North Country Trail sponsored by the Spirit of the Woods Chapter of the North Country Trail; a farmers market at West Shore Medical Center is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the Richard Knechtes Jr. Walk and Roll on the Riverwalk is at 2 p.m.; and TRX Suspension training at West Shore Health Connection is at 4:30 p.m., and Jazzercise at 6:30 p.m. at Filer Township Recreation Center.

Thursday will begin with Zumba at 8:15 a.m. at West Shore Health Connection, followed by punt, pass and kick competition at 1:30 p.m. at Brethren Elementary School, Ultimate Frisbee at 6 p.m. at the Manistee High School Track, Jazzercise at Filer Township Recreation Center at 5:30 p.m., and a fast group bike ride for advanced riders will leave from the Fifth Avenue Beach House at 6 p.m.

On Friday, there will be Tai Chi at Fifth Avenue Beach at 9 a.m., people will be invited to enjoy sights and shopping in downtown Manistee and along the Riverwalk. In the afternoon students from Kennedy, Trinity and Manistee Catholic elementary schools will “walk for a healthy heart” from Kennedy Elementary to River Street and back. Also, the Stronach Township farmers market will be from 3 to 7 p.m. at Claybank Park, which is on South Skocelas Road just south of M-55.

Al Frye of the Manistee Community Kitchen serves quinoa salad to Kim Elzinga (left) and Libby Richert. (Dave Yarnell/News Advocate)

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Posted by Dave Yarnell

Dave was formerly the News Advocate features writer and retired in November 2013.

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