About the Foundation
Dedicated to facilitating sustainable wellness in our community.
A Coalition of Community Leaders
The North Ottawa Wellness Foundation began as a coalition of community leaders, convened in January 2017 by North Ottawa Community Health System, to bring awareness to the disconnect between our physical and emotional health, and further educate our leaders about the debilitating consequences of this disconnect to our long term health and well-being.
The NOW Foundation Goal
The goal of this coalition was to bring together these local leaders representing business, medical, philanthropic and wellness sectors to explore ways to incorporate Mindfulness into their everyday lives. By introducing these key leaders to simple practices such as taking a few deep breaths and a more natural diet, the coalition sought to align medical sciences and emotional strength to better shape our productivity, our outlook, our health and our longevity.
Participants were offered a two-part educational series:
- The First Session – Stress Response and Mindful Breathing
Offered leaders insights into the neuroscience and physiology of the stress response, as well as simple techniques such as taking five deep breaths to activate the relaxation response over the stress (fight or flight) response.
- The Second Session – Healthy Eating, Quality Sleep
Focused on the emerging field of epigenetics, the micro biome (gut health) and the critical importance of quality sleep to overall health, vitality and well-being.
The NOW Foundation is Formed
Our community leaders convened for a third session to debrief and share the implications of these critical wellness topics for the clients, customers and employees they serve in Northwest Ottawa County. In an effort to enable these busy leaders to efficiently & effectively share the numerous activities, projects and programs they subsequently designed to incorporate sustainable wellness and improve the well-being of those they serve, the North Ottawa Wellness Foundation was formed.
Healthy Lifestyle. Healthy Community.
Advisory Council Members
Our advisory council members are proud to have collaborated with other vital partner organizations within North Ottawa County.
Chief Communications Director
North Ottawa Community Health System
The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg
Grand Haven Area Community Foundation
Shape Fitness Factory
Grand Haven Area Public Schools
Ottawa County Parks and Recreation
Greater Ottawa County United Way
North Ottawa Wellness Foundation
Your Donations in Action
Thank you for considering a donation to support the mission of the North Ottawa Wellness Foundation. The North Ottawa Wellness Foundation is a component fund within the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. Donations to the North Ottawa Wellness Foundation will support programs in our community that align with our mission and address one or more of the four wellness areas of
Effective Stress Management & Emotional Balance, Exercise, Movement & Quality Sleep, Clean Food & Nutrition, Helping Self, Helping Others
Please see our Programs & Projects page to see activities supported by the North Ottawa Wellness Foundation.
Facilitating physical, mental and emotional wellness in Northwest Ottawa County through research-based strategies to increase vitality and life balance while decreasing stress and inflammation in the bodies and minds of local residents.
Northwest Ottawa County residents are self aware individuals who consistently self regulate in the midst of stress-producing situations with co-workers, fellow community members and beyond. Our residents conscientiously nourish their minds and bodies with nutritious foods, movement and quality sleep.
We offer deep gratitude to Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar et. al. for their recent research around the correlation between chronic illness and inflammation. The four wellness areas identified on this website are a direct result of this critical research published in January 2018.
We offer our humble admiration and deep gratitude for the many physicians, neurologists, researchers and authors whose work is woven throughout our descriptions, tips and handouts. We have listed the most influential in the creation of this foundation below, in the order they came into our lives. Please see the numerous references to their work and the work of others in our Curious for More sections and our Resources page.
Dr. Deepak Chorpa, Dr. David Simon, Dr. Jean Houston, Dr. David Frawley, Thich Nhat Hanh, Dr. Rudy Tanzi, Dr. Rick Hanson, Yogini Shambhavi, Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, Dr. Norman Doidge and Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar