Way to Wellville


Greater Muskegon is on the Way to Wellville!

Greater Muskegon was chosen as one of the Wellville 5! Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen... it will take us to the next level in our effort to make our community the healthiest in Michigan!

“Muskegon has already made a commitment to turn around the health of the community. That spoke volumes about the community’s willingness to reflect on where it is today and where it wants to be in the future." - Rick Brush, CEO, HICCup

"Wellville" is a symbol for communities working to improve five health-related and economic metrics in a five-year period. The Way to Wellville effort is sponsored by the Health Initiative Coordinating Council, also known as HICCup. Esther Dyson, a philanthropist and angel investor to several health and technology start-ups and firms, founded the Simsbury, Conn.-based nonprofit organization in 2013. 1 in 21, the Healthy Muskegon County initiative launched by the Muskegon Rotary Club four years ago, has been working to build a culture of health in our community. The Wellville contest will help us reach our goal of becoming the healthiest community in 2021!

Learn more about the Way to Wellville by clicking the links below...

Greater Muskegon's Winning Way to Wellville Proposal and the Plan to get there.

Health Initiative Coordinating Council (HICCup) website

View community videos in support of the Way to Wellville (and upload your own!) on our You Tube channel here.

In the news...


Muskegon area becomes semifinalist in multimillion-dollar 'Wellville' health challenge; launches social media campaign.

Muskegon Farmers Market event to highlight 'Wellville' health challenge site visit.

'Way to Wellville' leaders praise Muskegon community for One in 21 effort, farmers market during site visit.

Greater Muskegon selected to join national 'Wellville Five' health challenge.

Editorial: Wellville's out-of-town evaluators remind us of Muskegon's strengths.


Esther Dyson Has a Plan to Improve America's Health

Finding The Way To Wellville: Small Cities Compete To Get Healthier In Esther Dyson's Latest Venture

How Healthy Can They Get? Five American Towns Chosen As Contestants In Five-Year 'Way To Wellville' Challenge


Holistic approach to health: Muskegon County 1 of 5 communities nationwide selected for Way to Wellville initiative

Road to healthy communities fraught with difficult odds

Norton Shores Examiner:

The Way to Wellville (July 29, 2014)

Dispatch from Wellville (September 23, 2014)

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