The Kalkaska Strong Project

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Thanks to the Northern Michigan Community Health Innovation Region, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation and Cherry Capital Cycling Club, we launched Kalkaska Strong in the fall of 2019. The goal is to partner with local champions to weave a culture of health into the fabric of Kalkaska. Like you, we are committed to a healthier, happier, stronger Kalkaska.

The Work

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The Vision

Kids learning to move and moving to learn. They are physically active as part of ordinary life – like going to school or the park or the library or the beach – and inspiring their parents, teachers, principals, neighbors to do the same. This is a powerful means of sustainable community health.

Organized sports and recreation are part of the solution, but Norte works to integrate walking and biking into daily routines. We’ve seen this empower young people to be independent, happy, confident, and ready to learn. With this strength, they become guardians of their health, develop lifelong habits to move more and sit less and be leaders in their community.

The Project

Norte’s youth-centered, active transportation-focused, neighborhood-based model combines five interconnected initiatives to engage, empower and motivate young people – and those who love them.

The Plan

The Kalkaska Strong is a project to strengthen community. Together, we can empower kids to get off the couch, off their screens, and outside. The project will help build a stronger, better connected, and more walk/bike-friendly Kalkaska.

The Team

Our Local Project Team is made up of 60+ awesome people and growing. Join us!

The Community Partners

Being a Kalkaska Strong Community Partner is both easy and rewarding. Community partners commit to supporting efforts for a healthier, more walkable and bikeable Kalkaska.

Email us at to have your organization, business or event added to the list.

Get Involved

Change is local. It begins on your street. We have developed a grassroots method that recruits, trains, and empowers neighborhood champions to take the lead and be the change they wish to see.

If you are passionate about happy, healthy, ready to learn kids and a stronger, better connected, more walk/bike-friendly Suttons Bay, then we need you. You can start by providing your experience and perspective in our Community Walk, Bike Survey.

Whether it’s being on the Project Team, volunteering once in a while, or just staying up to date and passing the word on, please get involved by signing up today. We will see out there soon!