Healthy living in the 'D'

If you’re looking to shape up for the summer, but unsure how to make the proper lifestyle changes; then you may be interested in dropping into one of the following health awareness activities. Throughout Detroit, several organizations are working to create a resurgence of wellness by offering workshops, seminars, events and trainings.

From cooking classes, gardening to the grand-opening of Whole Foods; ‘tis the season to spring into better health. Get active and have a little fun too, learn useful tips about healthy living in Detroit at one of the following happenings.

Whole Foods Detroit – Grand opening
June 5
9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Whole Foods Detroit, 3670 Woodward Ave #103b, Detroit, MI 48202
In celebration of the grand opening of Whole Foods Detroit, there will be food samples, music, dance and fun. All festivities are free and open to the public.

Yoga on the Riverfront
June 7
Milliken State Park, 1900 Atwater St., Detroit, MI 48207
9 a.m.
Enjoy free outdoor sessions of yoga on the riverfront, beginning June 7 and every subsequent Friday until August 23. Participants must bring a yoga mat, towel and water. This event is sponsored by Urban Solace in partnership with the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and Michigan Department of Natural Resource. For more information contact:

Healthy hair and body meet-up class
June 9
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Detroit Wholistic Training Institute, 20944 Grand River Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48219
The Detroit Natural Hair meetup group will host its healthy hair and body class at the Detroit Wholistic Training Institute. During the course, participants can learn proper hair care management and tips for growing natural hair. Admission is $15.

Colon Health Class
June 10-14
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Detroit Wholistic Training Institute, 20944 Grand River Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48219
Become a certified colon hydro-therapist. Discover the world of colon health in this 150-hour course. June 10 marks the first series of classes. Registration is required, the course costs $2,300. For more information contact the Detroit Wholistic Training Institute: 313-538-5433.

In the Raw
June 11
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Whole Foods Detroit, 3670 Woodward Ave #103b, Detroit, MI 48202
This bi-weekly course led by certified holistic health coach, Chelly, will offer tips on how to achieve nutritional balance when undertaking a raw diet. This event is free and open to the public.

What’s for Dinner Lecture Series
June 15
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Detroit Public Library-Main Branch, 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202 (Explorer’s Room)
Get into the discussion as lecturer, Dr. Monica White delves into the world of “Black farmers, black freedom: fighting for the right to grow food.” The presentation will document the history and contributions of farmers to the black freedom movement, and their articulation of agriculture and developing collectives and cooperatives as strategies of resistance. The lecture is free. What’s for Dinner lecture series is sponsored by the Detroit Public Library and the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN). For more information, contact: 313-345-3663.

Belle Isle Conservancy Stewardship Day
June 15
Belle Isle Conservancy, 8109 East Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48214
9 a.m. – noon
Starting June 15, Belle Isle Conservancy group will host Stewardship Day at which participants can help eradicate invasive plants on Belle Isle. The Stewardship Day will take place on the third Saturday of every month. For more information, contact: 313-331-7760.

Raised Bed and Container Gardening
June 16
Detroit Farm and Garden, 1759 21st St., Detroit, MI 48216
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Each month Detroit Farm and Garden will feature skill shares and workshops on garden-related topics. The topic of discussion this month is raised bed and container gardening. Admission is free. For more information, contact: 313-655-2344.

Herbal 101: Ethical Wildcrafting
June 16
Healing Garden, 1745 W. Warren, Detroit, MI
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Ethical wildcrafting is harvesting wild plants in a responsible, ethical and sustainable way. During this course, participants will learn techniques, re-seeding, plant identification and basic botany. This will take place outdoors, registration is required. Admission is $20-$30; other options are available for low income participants. To register or for more info, contact:

June 30
Unity of Livonia Church, 28660 5 Mile Rd., Livonia, MI 48154
12:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
In this two hour course learn “tapping,” an ancient science that teaches how to help remedy disease by opening blocked meridian points. In this school of thought, meridian points are blocked due to negative emotions. Acupuncture without needles. Admission is $75, seniors receive $10 discount. Early bird special is from June 1-15. For more info, call: 248-914-3356

Transformational Tuesdays
Every Tuesday
Sankofa Life Center, 18734 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48203
Noon – 2 p.m.
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Learn to rebuild the body’s organs holistically one system at a time. There are two seminars each Tuesdays in which participants can discover the 12 steps to strengthen kidney and bladder health. Admission is $5 per class. For more info, call: 313-366-5250.

Food Justice Fridays
June 7
Cass Corridor Commons, 3535 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
In this community kitchen, learn how to cook and prepare healthy, locally sourced meals. Bring the whole family and discover new cooking techniques together. Admission is donation based $5-$15. For more info, contact: 313-574-3283.