Agricultural professions are ranked among the most dangerous jobs in North America. It comes as no surprise when you think about the amount of machinery, chemicals, and physical labor associated with farm work. That is why the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, and their partners spread awareness for farm safety every year through the National Farm Safety and Health Week. This year the motto of the week is “Shift Farm Safety into High Gear”, the week will feature daily themes and … [Read more...] about It’s National Farm Safety and Health Week
Join Be Healthy Berrien to celebrate Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® Month and enjoy the benefits of eating plenty of fruits and veggies. Fruits & Veggies — More Matters® Month highlights the importance of healthy eating – a diet rich in a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. Adding more fruits and veggies to your diet doesn’t have to be expensive — there are many low-cost (or not cost!) alternatives. Add chopped vegetables to pasta sauce, eat kale – cooked or … [Read more...] about SEPTEMBER IS FRUITS & VEGGIES—MORE MATTERS® MONTH
Be Healthy Berrien is works with other organizations across the state to help learn, grow, and share what we do. In August of 2019, we spent a couple of busy days visiting with the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, who works on food access projects including healthy corner store transformations. We have received a tremendous amount of support and expertise from them as a funder for our Healthy Corner Store Initiative, and a partner in a Community Collaborative Learning Project. When people think … [Read more...] about Creating Connections to Grow Success
The Southwest Michigan Local Food Council has BIG plans for the next three years, and they want to invite you to get involved! The Council is a collective of advocates that takes evidence-based actions toward the development of an equitable regional food system that values local farmers and entrepreneurs. The Council’s three working groups have created strategies to Increase the JOY for local food in our community, to Improve economic ABUNDANCE & FAIRNESS in the local food system, and to … [Read more...] about Southwest Michigan Local Food Council has BIG plans!
The Benton Harbor Farmers Market takes place every Wednesday, 10am-3pm from July-September at Dwight P. Mitchell City Center Park in Downtown Benton Harbor. The market aims to increase access to fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables, increase knowledge of nutrition and healthy cooking habits, support local growers and small business owners, and build relationships between producers and consumers. The market has evolved greatly since its start in the late 1990’s and has become a thriving … [Read more...] about Soak Up the Summer at Benton Harbor Farmers Market
Our success wouldn’t be possible without the work and commitment of our Steering Committee! These partners build the strategies that are leading to healthier communities across Southwest Michigan. Be Healthy Berrien uses a Collective Impact model – meaning that every one of our partners has committed to working together toward our Shared Vision and making changes in their organization to lead the way to healthier communities. United Way of Southwest Michigan has been a Be Healthy Berrien … [Read more...] about Get to know our Steering Committee partners – United Way of Southwest Michigan