Get Fit BH

Get Fit and Stay Healthy with the BHPL with our new health and well-being initiative Get Fit BH

Make the Pledge to 


Want to get into getting in shape and be a little more health conscious, but not sure where to start? You're not alone, and that's why we here at the BHPL want to help you make your journey a little easier!

Introducing Get Fit BH, where we will offer fitness and exercise tips, delicious and easy recipes recipes from national and international food databases, and activities and events happening right here at your library. 

So be prepared to get up and go this summer and beyond with your library!

Participating libraries:

Watervliet District Library

Coloma Public Library

More info on their involvement will be available on their library sites.

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This week's food spotlight:

Colorado - Brussels Sprout Salad

A variation on coleslaw, this is a hearty salad that also makes a great side dish. Similar recipes include cranberries or apples and a variety of nuts and cheeses. Brussels sprouts can be cooked a variety of ways, but this salad maintains their raw crunchiness.

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 0 | Total Time: 20 minutes



1 lemon

1 orange

1 large shallot, minced

½ cup olive oil

6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled or chopped

4 dozen brussels sprouts

1 cup almonds

1 cup grated Romano cheese

Salt, to taste

Ground black pepper, to taste



  • Squeeze the juice of the lemon and orange into a large bowl with the shallot.

  • Pour oil into bowl in steady stream, whisking to emulsify. Appearance should be creamy.

  • Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate.

  • Remove outer leaves and trim nubs from Brussels sprouts. Wash and dry.

  • Use a mandoline to shred Brussels sprouts.

  • Coarsely chop almonds with knife or by pulsing in food processor.

  • Add ¾ each of almonds, cheese, and bacon to Brussels sprouts. Toss to combine.

  • Before serving, toss with dressing and sprinkle with remaining almonds, cheese, and bacon.

Want more? Visit AtoZ Food America and World database and use your library card number to sign in.

Don't have a card number with us? Call us at 269-926-6139 to see how you can get one if you're a Benton Harbor residence or part of , or visit our website to sign-up for an online card number!

This week's exercise spotlight:


Tips from Dir Kat Boyer of the BHPL

So, you want to run?  That's awesome!  Running can be a great activity that can be done on your own or with friends.   This will be some basic information for anyone, of any level, who wants to take up running.  


The first thing to do is make sure you have proper shoes to run in.  These shoes should be designed for running and will give you support so you do not injure yourself.  It's also good if you have a GPS capable smart phone to track your runs.  You can download some different apps that can track for you.  I suggest Runkeeper or Strava, as both have decent free versions.  There is also Map My Run.  I used Runkeeper for years to program runs and had it tell me when to run and walk.  You can also do that with a HIIT timer app, but those won't track your miles or your pace.  Also, make sure you stretch before and after every run.


Like these tips? Read the full article on our Blog!

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