Website promotes healthy lifestyle activities

Joe Rubingh

It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to stay active and as the weather gets warmer, Marquette has a lot of different indoor and outdoor activities to offer.

According to a news release from the Michigan Association of Chiropractors (MAC), Michigan is the 10th most obese state in the U.S at 29.4 percent.

According to a study by North Carolina University, obesity contributes to lower back pain; something chiropractors have known for a long time. Public Relations consultant for MAC, Cole Bertsos, said that staying active decreases obesity.

“Chiropractors do a lot more than work on people’s spines. They’re concerned about a person’s overall health,” Bertsos said.

MAC has launched a website called This site has the largest database of free and low-cost indoor and outdoor activities available to Michigan residents.

Whether you are athletic or more laid back, will have an activity for you.

It also includes links to websites on creating your own wellness plan, information on the chiropractic approach to health, how to find a doctor near you, how to get your activity posted on and how to receive email alerts on activity updates.

For those residing in Marquette, has plenty of suggestions for fun activities and links to websites with more information on the locations and costs of those activities.

One of the suggestions on the site is the Upper Peninsula Road Runners Club (UPRRC). This club has resources for anyone interested in running, swimming or biking, but focuses mainly on running.

Being a member of UPRRC only costs $20 a year, and it gets you discounts at a few different sporting goods stores in the area, a discount on entry fees to most races in the Upper Peninsula, a bi-monthly newsletter and access to all the entry forms for races and other competitions related to running.

Jesse Haavisto, a graduate student studying biology at Northern, is the vice president of the club.

“If you do a few races a year you basically get your money back,” Haavisto said.

According to the club’s website,, they have over 600 members, and it is dedicated to promoting physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.

“I feel better if I’m active,” Haavisto said. “It’s good for your general health and you feel better about yourself.”

Another resource with a plethora of activities is the YMCA of Marquette.

According to Adam Huss, a Membership Service Coordinator at the YMCA and senior at NMU studying accounting and corporate finance, there are activities that range from karate classes to art classes.

Anyone can sign up for a program at the YMCA for a reasonable price, but there is a discounted member rate.

YMCA memberships vary in cost according to age and there are also different rates for families. For more information visit

“YMCA is a non-profit organization so our prices are based on covering the costs, not to make money,” Huss said.

Staying active is important to Huss because it keeps him in shape physically and mentally. It also gives him energy for the rest of the day.

“Without your health, what do you have?” Huss said.