Beyond the Plate Webinar

A “non-diet” workshop exploring connections between food and wellness, sponsored by the Stay Well Program.

Michigan’s Stay Well program was launched at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide Michiganders with services and resources to help them cope with pandemic-related anxiety and/or distress. As new COVID-19 variants emerge, new stressors may develop or old stressors may remain – there are simple “grounding exercises” that can help you, in the moment, to re-focus and calm yourself.

Healthy eating is much more than what we eat. It’s also how, why and where we eat— and the types of food we can access. The pandemic changed these dynamics for many of us, leading to a reduction in wellness, both physical and mental. In this six-part workshop, registered dietitian and certified intuitive eating counselor Mary Balog will discuss health and nutrition using a holistic lens. Participants will have an opportunity to evaluate their diet history, their relationship to food and their body, and their shift in eating habits, behaviors and food/body attitudes during the pandemic (and beyond).

The workshop series will explore:

  • A “non-diet” approach to eating, with food-based strategies to optimize well-being.
  • The social and emotional role of food—and how to normalize emotional eating.
  • How to manage mealtime-related stress or food anxiety.
  • How to support your mental and physical health with flexible, relevant nutrition principles.

Dates and topics

  • Thursday, Aug. 18 at 1 p.m. The Pandemic, Diets and Health
  • Thursday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. The “Non-Diet” Approach
  • Thursday, Sept. 1 at 1 p.m. Embrace Food Culture
  • Thursday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. Explore Local and Seasonal Food
  • Thursday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. Eating for Connection
  • Thursday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. Food as Art, Expression and Action

Register for as many sessions as you like! All are free. You can REGISTER here or visit

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