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
Money Saver Alert: Let’s Talk About Food WasteJoin Healthy West Chicago’s Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Melissa O’Brien, on Wednesday, May 13th to learn how to use all the food that you have or have access to during this Free Online Class! During this course Melissa will guide you through using “hard-to-use” ingredients in a variety of […]Read More
A Cooking Matters Family Cooking Class held last night for young chefs and their families brought smiles all around. This family fun program teaches school-age children and their parents about healthy eating as a family, and the importance of working together to plan and prepare healthy meals on a budget. Special guest Mayor Ruben Pineda, […]Read More
Join Healthy West Chicago for the Third Annual World Heart Day Celebration. World Heart day offers people across the globe the opportunity to take part in the world’s biggest intervention against Cardiovascular Disease. This FREE family-friendly event will take place in the gymnasium at Gary Elementary from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, 2019. Healthy […]Read More
Mayor Ruben Pineda and Healthy West Chicago recently accepted an invitation to have lunch with students at Community School District 33’s Currier School. Mayor Pineda and Carly Smitherman, Program Administrator for Healthy West Chicago, received an enthusiastic welcome from students, teachers and administrators and took the opportunity to share the City’s ongoing efforts to create […]Read More
West Chicago’s Move with the Mayor campaign is in full swing, with two more walks planned for the next two Saturdays, September 21 & 28, 2019 from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.. Special guests for the September 21st walk, which takes place at Gary Elementary School located at 130 East Forest Avenue, include representatives from the […]Read More
Sunday, September 15, 2019 – 12:30 p.m. Leman Middle School238 E. Hazel Street Mayor Ruben Pineda is joining nine other mayors in a nationwide initiative to reduce heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 killer, by encouraging residents to get up and get moving. ove with the MayorTM is a partnership between the City […]Read More
The success of Healthy West Chicago, the community collaborative supported by City leadership that is committed to strengthening the health of West Chicago in the areas of nutrition and movement, has caught the attention of national organizations like America in Bloom (AiB) and the National Forum for Stroke and Heart Disease Prevention. Earlier this year, […]Read More
Interactive Walking Route Maps Mayor Ruben Pineda is joining nine other mayors in a nationwide initiative to reduce heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 killer, by encouraging residents to get up and get moving. He will kick off the City’s third annual “Move with the MayorTM” , a month-long series of walks/physical activity […]Read More
Healthy West Chicago is hosting its 5K Fun Run/Walk with Free Kiddie Dash on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Reed-Keppler Park at 129 West National St. West Chicago, IL. All are welcome to join in the day of fun which will kick off with a 5k Fun Run/Walk followed by a 100 meter Kiddie Dash. […]Read More