With access to year-round outdoor recreation and a thriving local food scene, the Grand Traverse Region offers the opportunity to foster a healthy lifestyle. From the region’s major healthcare providers to popular fitness facilities, find the health and wellness resources you need for you and your family here.
#116 Healthiest communities (2022)
U.S. News & World Report, Aetna Foundation, and University of Missouri Extension Center
Munson Healthcare is northern Michigan’s largest and leading healthcare system. Based in Traverse City, Munson Healthcare has eight award-winning community hospitals serving people in 30 counties. Patients in northern Michigan also benefit from Munson Healthcare’s collaborative partnerships with major healthcare systems, including Mayo Clinic, Michigan Medicine, Spectrum Health, and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.
Munson Medical Center in Traverse City was named to the 2022 Fortune/Merative 100 Top Hospitals list and is featured as the 10th best major teaching hospital. Check out the Munson Minutes and Munson Connection blog posts to help you make daily choices that improve your life and maintain your health.
Northwest Michigan Health Services Inc.
Northwest Michigan Health Services Inc. (NMHSI) takes a positive approach to health care, believing consistent, quality health care is within reach, for everyone. NMHSI provides easier ways to access medical, dental and behavioral health services in a compassionate and comfortable environment. Every day, they help patients overcome barriers to health care—cost, time, transportation, language—and navigate their wellness journey. After 50+ years of service, NMHSI are trusted leaders, advocates and providers of health care in our region.
Table Health is a Direct Primary Care (DPC) and Functional Medicine practice helping you transform your health through transparency, authenticity, and value for the individual, family, and company. They use a whole person approach to healthcare that addresses physical, emotional, and relational needs.
Traverse Health Clinic
Traverse Health Clinic provides primary care to patients of all ages from infants to senior citizens and everyone in between. Their on-site therapists offer behavioral health/counseling services to adults and adolescents ages 12 and up. They are a non-profit organization with the mission to make high-quality healthcare accessible to everyone in the community.
fitness & movement
Yen Yoga & Fitness
The mission of Yen Yoga is to support the community by developing each student’s practice and well-being as a personal journey that emphasizes mind, body, and spirit. Yen Yoga offers over 40 classes per week at their studio space inside the Delamar Traverse City hotel including hot yoga, cycling, yoga, fitness, and mobility classes.
ELEV8 Climbing Gym
Traverse ELEV8 Climbing is northern Michigan’s first climbing gym with full service climbing, yoga, and fitness offerings. No matter your climbing ability, they have some vertical fun for you! Their varied terrain, different styles of climbing, and heights from 14’ to 40’+ will let you experience the joy of climbing as well as cardio, free weights, and yoga classes.
Dharamasala TC is a space for yoga in Traverse City. They offer yoga classes for every age group and level as well as barre, aerial, meditation, workshops and yoga teacher trainings. Feel yourself becoming more calm and centered the minute you walk through the door.
Grand Traverse Bay YMCA
With three locations across town, Grand Traverse Bay YMCA offers fitness facilities, exercise classes, child care, summer camps, and youth sports. Members can also utilize amenities such as the lap pool, tennis courts, and saunas.
My North Health Guide
Stay up-to-date on health and fitness news, articles, and events across northern Michigan. From community guided hikes to accessible and inclusive fitness activities, find articles on a range of health & fitness topics relevant to you.
Superior Physical Therapy
Superior Physical Therapy’s goal is to provide you with the highest value healthcare by facilitating the natural healing process through a combination of cutting-edge movement science and manual therapy including hands-on manual therapy, dry needling, deep muscle stimulation and more.
Northbound Physical Therapy & Well Being
Receive physical therapy at home in Traverse City, Old Mission, Interlochen, Lake Ann, Empire, Glen Arbor, and in between with Northbound Physical Therapy. A PT house call saves you time, is private, and allows your physical therapist to see how you move and function within your specific environment.
Northwest Community Health Innovation Region
The Northwest Community Health Innovation Region (Northwest CHIR) is a cross-sector partnership focused on improving population health, increasing health equity, and reducing unnecessary medical costs through partnerships and systems change. Their network consists of a cross-sector Steering Committee, Clinical Linkages workgroup, MiThrive workgroup, Learning Community, residents, and community partners all working towards a shared vision of healthy people in equitable communities.
Leelanau Wellness Collective
The Leelanau Wellness Collective exists to support access to multidimensional well-being opportunities and provide direct contact to local wellness professionals. Find high-quality classes, 1-on-1 care, workshops, retreats and trainings, along with community wide wellness networking events in Leelanau and surrounding areas.
Polestar LGBTQ+ Support Group
Polestar LGBT+ community center’s mission is to educate, advocate, and connect our communities to ensure that all feel welcome in our Grand Traverse region. We host monthly youth and adult support groups, connect with local organizations to host events such as queer prom, and post updates to news and resources on our Facebook page and website.
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Mi works as the Communications & Special Projects Manager with Traverse Health Clinic where they are committed to creating a strong, healthy community that works for all.
IN 2017, I CAME BACK TO MY HOMETOWN. NOW, I GET TO GIVE BACK TO MY COMMUNITY, BOTH AS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL ON THE CITY COMMISSION AND WITH MY WORK AT TRAVERSE HEALTH CLINIC, A FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTER.
Photography by Sam & Laura Brown