Carol Van Andel Healthy Living Center

Focused on improving the health of our community, the Carol Van Andel Healthy Living Center, located inside the Mary Free Bed YMCA serves as an incubator for new national, regional and local healthy living initiatives and innovative evidence-based programs intended to reduce the growing obesity epidemic and combat preventable chronic disease through nutrition, physical activity, and education.

In addition to the numerous education and physical activity programs offered through the Carol Van Andel Healthy Living Center, the Center provides holistic and comprehensive nutrition education to individuals and families in our community through the following:

  • A universally designed teaching kitchen where food, education, and compassion become one. Members of our community learn how to make healthy affordable meals that will feed the entire family, no matter the size.
  • greenhouse where learning happens through nature. A fully accessible greenhouse teaches children and adults to plant, grow, and harvest fresh and pesticide-free vegetables and herbs.
  • learning farm where growth and nourishment are cultivated.  The farm provides farm-to-table programming for all, volunteer experiences, and entrepreneurial training for small-scale, startup farmers.