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
Mayor to Lead Residents in a Virtual Physical Activity Challenge to Boost Physical Activity Nationwide Mayor Ruben Pineda is joining eighteen 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 will kick off West Chicago’s third […]Read More
Upgrade to Heka Walk v6.5 for Android Users – .pdf Continuing its tradition of promoting an active lifestyle through an organized campaign of movement activities, Healthy West Chicago partners once again with the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention for the 2020 Move with the Mayor Challenge (MWTM). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, […]Read More
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
Saturday, June 15, 2019 8:00 AM 12:00 PM Midwest Strength and Performance Gym (map) From eating the right food to the perfect exercise routine, discover the best path to a healthier and happier you with Healthy West Chicago and Midwest Strength and Performance on Saturday, June 15th! FREE Health Celebration Highlights:Cooking demonstrationsGroup fitness classes Interactive health exhibitor […]Read More
Join Healthy West Chicago in the 2019 Walking Challenge A new digital app created especially for West Chicago residents to track steps toward heart health, has been made possible through a generous donation of a local West Chicago business, Jacobs (formerly CH2M). Every month, there will be a new challenge with prizes. Download the Challenge […]Read More
Healthy West Chicago’s 6-week Cooking Matters classes wrapped up Wednesday, October 24, 2018, with a Healthy Cooking Food Competition. What participants didn’t know, was that judging the prepared dishes would be West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda, himself a former chef. Mayor Pineda enjoyed the event, and said afterwards, “Great time, great food.” For more information […]Read More
The last two indoor walks of the winter are planned for Sunday, March 18, 2018. The 30-minute walk takes place at Community High School’s Field House beginning at 9:00 a.m. Those interested in joining Mayor Pineda and other community members, please enter through Door C. Beginning in April, Mayor Pineda resumes his Team Pineda community […]Read More