The launch of 1 in 21 Healthy Muskegon County was prompted by the low results Muskegon County received in the County Health Rankings. The County Health Rankings, produced by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, are based on a model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that, if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play.

Muskegon currently ranks 68 out of 83 Michigan counties overall and 57 in Health Factors. The vision of 1 in 21 is that Muskegon will be the Healthiest County in Michigan by 2021. It is an ambitious goal, but one that can be achieved if we all work together!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is 1 in 21?

One in 21 is a community initiative, launched by Muskegon Rotary Club to help get Muskegon healthier! We work with many partners in the community including schools, healthcare providers, businesses, nonprofits, community gardens, youth programs, fitness centers and community members like you!

How Can I Participate?

There are lots of ways to participate in the 1 in 21 movement! You can join an action team, participate in the Seaway Run, take part in your company’s workplace wellness program, or create your own personal plan towards a healthier lifestyle. Be sure to check out our resources page for inspiration!

Where can I find health resources?

You can find health resources here: https://1in21.org/resources
We’re lucky in Muskegon to have a wide variety of resources. Free opportunities such as swimming in the clean and fresh Lake Michigan, or paddling one of our many rivers (Muskegon, White, Rouge). We also have a variety of running clubs, fitness centers, and more. See them all at https://1in21.org/resources!

Recent Events

Grant Contest Winners

1st Place - Girls on the Run
- Girls on the Run of Muskegon County
Girls on the Run is a county-wide after school program for 3rd-8th grade girls that combines running with activities designed to help girls develop healthy lifestyles including healthy eating and exercise routines. The 10-week program culminates with the Celebration 5K in downtown Muskegon.
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2nd Place - Restore Use of the Lakeshore Trail During the Winter!  
- For the Run of It running group
Walkers, runners and bikers enjoy using the Lakeshore Trail during non-snowy weather. Unfortunately, once we have our first heavy snowfall, the trail does not have regularly scheduled snow removal. We are seeking funds to restore use of a 4 mile stretch of the trail to our community for the 2013-14 winter season by having scheduled salt and snow removal.
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3rd Place - Endurance Adventure After School Program  3rd Place
- Endurance Adventure, Inc.
Endurance Adventure is an eight-week training program for middle school age school boys and girls.  The boys and girls meet for an hour and a half after school twice a week. At the end of eight weeks students are divided into teams and work together to complete a course that includes; mountain biking, canoeing, climbing, brain teasers and other challenges.
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4th Place - Meijer Trail LED Lighting Project 
- Reeths-Puffer Schools
Meijer Trail needs LED lighting to maximize usage. Many students, families, and community members using the trail after dark would help to improve the wellness of our community. Providing an opportunity for all to exercise in a lighted, well groomed trail that is safe, clean, and enjoyable will only promote a target of community wellness.
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5th Place - Eat Your Way to Better Health 
- Lynnette Marks
Join Muskegon's 28 day challenge & eat your way to better health. Workshop on affordable whole foods plant based diet that helps weight loss, diabetes, high BP, cholesterol.  90min/week for 5 weeks:  videos, research info, cooking, label reading, success stories, support.  NO calorie counting.
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6th Place - Michigan MOVES 
- Muskegon Family YMCA
FREE Group Exercise Classes for all fitness levels weekly at a variety of locations in the Muskegon area. The YMCA would provide any equipment needed with a Certified Group Exercise Instructor to safely facilitate a 1-hour exercise class. The class would be offered 2x/week for 7 weeks or 1x/week for 14 weeks.
** To vote,
7th Place - How to Build Your Own Home Aquaponics System 
- Dustin Anderson
Participants to this weekend workshop will get an introduction to Aquaponics – growing veggies and fish together. Led by Dustin Anderson and Lane Sterenberg, and teaming up with the Sweetwater Center For Organic Opportunity, we will construct an Aquaponics system that participants can build at home.
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8th Place - Talk Healthy, Glenside! 
- Glenside Neighborhood Association
Neighbors will be invited to join us in the McGraft Park Building for a series of healthy talks. We’ll start with introductions to create a welcoming environment, then play TalkHealthy, the new 1 in 21 game.  Healthy snacks/refreshments will be offered and the meeting will end with a light-to-moderate exercise component led by an exercise professional.
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9th Place - Healthy All Around 
- Kimberly Reynolds
We want our students at Reeths-Puffer Elementary to be “healthy all around”!  Funds would be used to add sand to our Ga-ga pits to increase safety.  We also have a wonderful, paved sidewalk that encircles our playground and want to provide a fun incentive for those students walking the path.  Seeing students with their necklace of earned “footies” may inspire others to start walking!
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10th Place - Love Community Garden Snow Project 
- Shoreline Branch of the Fruitport Lions
Love Community Garden wants to have tons of snow fun this winter! Imagine children experiencing the fun of an outdoor fire, with sleds to ride, spare gloves/hats, and healthy snacks, supervised by LCG volunteers.  We need sleds, fire pit, emergency gloves and hats. Do I dare mention the healthy exercise the hill will bring?  Shh, let’s keep that part a secret!
** To vote,
Adopt Dog Beach Weekend FitFunds 
- Friends of Muskegon Dog Beach
10 groups “adopt” 1 of 10 busiest beach weekends, Saturday & Sunday mornings. Volunteers walk the half mile length of Dog Beach, boardwalks, and parking areas of Kruse Park, picking up any dog waste or trash, and earn a $50 stipend for the charity of their choice. Health benefits: promote walking at city parks; encourage environmental responsibility.
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Keeping kids active both in and out of the school year can be challenging. That’s why the Mercy Health Seaway Run is partnering with area schools for a Stinky Shoe Contest to encourage kids to be part of this great race tradition. Students from participating schools who join by May 25th get the special Stinky Shoe price of $5.

Register Today! bit.ly/2voIHSk

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Our friends at Volunteer for Dental encourage you to Rethink Your Drink! Its not just your weight that can be affected by sugary drinks!

Our friends at Volunteer for Dental encourage you to "Rethink Your Drink!" It's not just your weight that can be affected by sugary drinks!Is it time to Rethink Your Drink? If you are getting tooth decay it may be what you are drinking that is the cause.

Need help finding dental care? Call us at 231.766.7129.
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Thank you Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce for being an advocate for health in our community! Lace up your sneakers and take a walk today!. #1in21 #NationalWalkingDay

Thank you Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce for being an advocate for health in our community! Lace up your sneakers and take a walk today!. #1in21 #NationalWalkingDayYour Chamber staff sets health/wellness goals and you should too! Start today by celebrating #NationalWalkingDay. To learn more about local health initiatives, visit 1 in 21 - Healthy Muskegon County. #healthymuskegon ... See MoreSee Less

Check out this announcement from Seaway Run race director Andrew Buikema!

Mercy Health Seaway Run
Special announcement!
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Have you heard? The Mercy Health Seaway Run will have a 10k NEW this year!

Have you heard? The Mercy Health Seaway Run will have a 10k NEW this year!We are excited to release our new 10k course!

If you haven't signed up yet...what are you waiting for? Join us June 23!

runsignup.com/Race/MI/Muskegon/MercyHealthSeawayRun

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