I feel very fortunate to be able to share with others, my passion and knowledge for healthy living. Giving back is food for my soul. Giving back makes an immeasurable difference in the lives of others. Evidence suggests that volunteering and philanthropy have positive effects on social psychological factors, such as one’s sense of purpose. Those who give to others not only help their community but also experience better physical and mental health in later years.
Giving back allows you to experience “The Happiness Effect” from the release of dopamine from the brain.
Decreases your risk of depression by increasing social interaction and builds a support system based on common interests.
Giving releases oxytocin, a hormone that induces feelings of warmth, euphoria, and connection to others.
Karen’s Summer Philanthropy Project
I donated 15,000 Thank You Bars to hospitals and healthcare professionals who are working tireless hours on our behalf.
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine
I serve as a philanthropic council member and co-chair of major fundraising events. The Osher Center is directed by my colleague, Melinda Ring, MD. The Center’s mission is to develop a health care system in which all appropriate conventional and complementary approaches are used to optimize health, well-being of the whole person, and prevent chronic illness.
Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US)
As an IM4US supporter and event co-host, I believe deeply in their mission: IM4US is committed to accessible and affordable integrative health care for all and dedicated to promoting health in the underserved populations with a focus on wellness, prevention, patient empowerment, and self-care.
Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
CSPI has been providing advocacy and advice towards a healthier food system since 1971. Some of CSPI’s goals: keep junk food out of schools, reduce the consumption of sugary beverages, reduce sodium in processed foods and restaurant food, improve food safety laws, eliminate food dyes from foods, and to ensure honest and accurate labeling on food packages.
World Bike Relief (WBR)
As a passionate cyclist, I fell in love with WBR and their passion to mobilize people through The Power of Bicycles. By supporting social enterprise and donating bikes to people in developing countries, they help them conquer their challenges of distance and achieve independence.