Healthy West Chicago
We need to engage youth, seniors, and everyone in between. We need to connect with and appeal to all ethnicities and socioeconomic groups represented in our community. Our future sustainability depends on it.
~Mayor Ruben Pineda
West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda wants many things for his community, and at the top of the list is the overall wellness of its people. Obesity has become a national epidemic across all demographic groups, and West Chicago’s childhood obesity rate is higher than the national average.
As our country embarks on healthcare reform, our best defense will be self-imposed preventative healthcare measures. We need to focus on nutrition and physical fitness solutions that make the healthy choice the easy choice. Healthy lifestyles are difficult to maintain without supportive environments. A collective effort that engages residents, elected officials, schools, faith communities, hospitals, park district, library, restaurants and other local businesses is critical in creating this overall culture of wellness.
Learn more about the initiative to make West Chicago one of the healthiest communities in the region through a commitment to "making the healthy choice the easy choice" when it comes to nutrition and physical activity.
Healthy West Chicago Action Plan - .pdf 6MB
Please visit the Healthy West Chicago website.
Recent News About Healthy West Chicago
West Chicago’s Healthy West Chicago (HWC) Advisory Board, a group of key community leaders who have joined together to promote a healthier West Chicago under the fiscal agent of People Made Visible, Inc., a West Chicago 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is seeking a Program Administrator for the initiative. The primary and initial focus of the Program […]Read More
Over 100 diversity leaders from around the American Heart Association’s (AHA) 12 state Midwest Affiliate were invited to participate in a forward-thinking summit focusing on diversity earlier this month at the Kimpton Gray Hotel in Chicago. Those Affiliate states include Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. West Chicago […]Read More
New season of weekend outdoor community walks begins April 1, 2017 Warmer temperatures signal the return of Team Pineda’s weekend 5k outdoor community walks. Beginning with the first weekend in April, Saturday, April 1 and Sunday April 2, 2017, West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda will lead the way for a Healthy West Chicago by organizing […]Read More
Join Team Pineda and Healthy West Chicago for an indoor walk at the West Chicago High School Field House on Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. This is the final indoor walk before Team Pineda heads outdoors again with the warmer weather approaching. No registration is required, just grab a friend and […]Read More
The City of West Chicago, West Chicago Park District and Healthy West Chicago hosted a meeting of representatives of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus at the ARC Center in West Chicago this week, where the agenda of its Environment Committee focused on programs that encourages active and healthy lifestyles. Several communities in addition to West Chicago […]Read More
Citywide Campaign Launches at Healthy West Chicago Task Force Meeting An impressive crowd of community leaders, organizations, businesses and citizens gathered on Friday, January 27, 2017 at the ARC Center in West Chicago to learn more about the new citywide campaign launched by Healthy West Chicago, an organization dedicated to helping to make West Chicago […]Read More
Sign up for Smart911 As February is American Heart Month, DuPage County wants to educate the public about the importance of recognizing the warning signs of a potential heart attack in an effort to save lives. According to statistics released by Smart911, roughly 325,000 people die annually of coronary attack before they even get to […]Read More
Open House in West Chicago January 26, 2017 6:00 p.m. 103 W. Washington Street, West Chicago The GardenWorks Project, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring families in need of food assistance have access to homegrown vegetables, invites the public to an Open House at their Suburban Agricultural Resource Center at 6:00 p.m. on January […]Read More
International Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 5, 2016 and Mayor Pineda will walk to school with the students of Norton Creek Elementary School starting at 7:40 a.m. from the far northwest end of the neighborhood. Walk to school events work to create safer environments, increase physical activity among children, and build connections between […]Read More
Yes! West Chicago IS moving! Thank you to all our partners who helped make this month-long program a success. 599 walkers participated in our Saturday walks – with an even split between youth and adults. National Forum partner, Danielle Martinez, flew in from LA to attend our World Heart day Celebration, and let us know […]Read More
Please note location change due to weather Thursday, September 29, 2016 Pioneer Elementary School, 615 Kenwood Avenue from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. (Please enter gym from the back of the school) To mark World Heart Day on Thursday, September 29, 2016 , the City of West Chicago and Healthy West Chicago is teaming up with […]Read More
What: In partnership with the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention, Mayor Ruben Pineda and Healthy West Chicago will host West Chicago’s first annual Move with the Mayor Challenge walk. The Mayor will join students and other community members on a 30-minute walk to highlight one of the leading causes of death nationwide […]Read More