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 Gets a New Quarterback to Lead Its Team
Healthy West Chicago Action Plan - .pdf 6MB
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Recent News About Healthy West Chicago
Join Healthy West Chicago and Mayor Ruben Pineda in the Community Walk on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Blackwell Forest Preserve. The walk starts at Currier Elementary at 9:00 a.m. It’s all part of Move with Mayor. Keep moving, West Chicago!Read More
West Chicago residents are invited to join a community walk with Mayor Ruben Pineda as part of Move With the Mayor and to celebrate World Heart Day, on Saturday, September 11, 2021. The 30-minute walk starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Shell in Reed-Keppler Park, 129 West National Street. Prizes are raffled for youth and […]Read More
Yoga on the Lawn is back for September. Join Healthy West Chicago every Tuesday evening in September at 6:00 p.m. on the lawn of the West Chicago Public Library DIstrict. This class is FREE and appropriate for all levels of experience. Children are welcome. Location: West Chicago Public Library District Lawn: 118 W. Washington St. West ChicagoTime: […]Read More
West Chicago Residents Invited to Join Mayor Pineda to Combat Heart Disease and Stroke by Move with the Mayor Campaign
Mayor Pineda Leads Residents in a Virtual Physical Activity Challenge to Boost Physical Activity Nationwide Mayor Ruben Pineda is joining thirty-one 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. Mayor Pineda kicked off West Chicago’s annual “Move […]Read More
Healthy West Chicago (HWC), a health and wellness organization, is hosting its annual 5K Fun Run the weekend of August 21, 2021 and local businesses and organizations have stepped up support through sponsorships and prize donations, signaling that the wellbeing of the community is a priority for everyone. Generous sponsors include Jacobs Engineering Group Haggerty […]Read More
Summer at the Shell Brochure Enjoy a return to outdoor community events safely. Follow guidance from the CDC as you make your summer plans. The following are some upcoming West Chicago events you won’t want to miss:Read More
Studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have shown that regular physical activity can benefit health in numerous ways. Health benefits from being physically active include but are not limited to; improved brain health, weight management, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, prevention of certain types […]Read More
Healthy West Chicago and the West Chicago Public Library District Provide Summer Wellness Programming
Good nutrition is the key to good mental and physical health. Not only does a healthy lifestyle promote wellbeing, but studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have shown that a healthy diet helps children grow and develop properly, reducing their risk of chronic diseases, including obesity. Also, the research reveals […]Read More
After a long day, a gentle yoga practice is the perfect way to unwind. Certified yoga instructor Tracy Leach has partnered with Healthy West Chicago to offer an evening yoga lesson on the lawn of the West Chicago Library at 118 W. Washington Street, as part of Healthy West Chicago’s “Yoga on the Lawn” series. […]Read More
Follow Healthy West Chicago on Facebook or check out its Event Calendar to stay up to date on all upcoming classes and events. Summer Events Flier – English/Spanish Virtual Cook Along Cooking Classes: Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Food Provided) Bilingual: There will be a designated time for participants to pick up the supplies at the West Chicago Library […]Read More
Mayor Ruben Pineda announces the launch of the SparkAmerica Spring Fit City Challenge in West Chicago. The challenge is a free and friendly competition to encourage individuals to be physically active. It runs from April 15th through May 31st. People who live or work in West Chicago can participate in the challenge. It is easy […]Read More