Active Living Resources

Below is a list of resources available to you for information about physical activity as well as resources to guide you in living a more active lifestyle. You can also find  Kent County specific resources here. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more nutrition tips and use our hashtag #GetMovingGR

Kent County Health Connect has established walking routes in the Hope Zone Neighborhoods in an effort to increase active living opportunities. Walking routes currently exist in the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood, Black Hills Neighborhood, and Garfield Park Neighborhood.


Maps of the walking routes are available for download and print in English and Spanish here.


2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans provides Americans aged 6 and older with information and guidance on the types and amounts of physical activity needed for maximum health benefits.

WalkBike.Info Grand Rapids
This website, offered in English and Spanish, provides residents of Grand Rapids active living events, free apps, and downloadable maps & guides. It's the perfect resources for those who love to walk, run, and bike.

Go4Life is an exercise and physical activity campaign developed by the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It's design is to motivate older adults to become physically active by offering exercises, motivational tips, and free resources.

CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a wide database of information related to physical activity, including the basics, resources and publications, worksite physical activity and walking programs, data and statistics, and more.

Let's Move!
Let's Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.

Eat Right
Eat Right, developed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, offers nutrition and fitness information. This website contains videos, infographics, and tips dedicated to helping Americans life healthier lives.

Choose MyPlate
Alongside nutrition information, Choose MyPlate also has information regarding physical activity including what it is, how much we need, and tips for working out.

Start Standing 
Educates and empowers the community on becoming active and living a healthy lifestyle.


MyPlate Super Tracker
The SuperTracker was made to help you plan and track your diet and physical activity. It helps you set goals, journal your progress, and provide online coaching and food dictionary. It can also be used with a group of friends, family, and coworkers.

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids created the Text4Health campaign with the goal of getting people to eat more fruits and veggies, and increase their physical activity. Sign up to have health tips sent to your phone.

HealthWatch 360
HealthWatch 360 offers a variety of tools. You can use this to keep a food and fitness log, track your health conditions, and check out new health trends. This is also available as an app.

MyFitnessPal is a free online tool designed for tracking diet and exercise. It can be used with many apps, has a huge food and workout database, and can be used with friends. (MyFitnessPal also has other free apps including MapMyWalk, MapMyRun, MapMyFitness, MapMyRide)

BodySpace offers free fitness plans with detailed descriptions of each workout, as well as alternative options.

Check out our blog to find more healthy living tools and apps.

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