Thursday, January 29, 2015
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
201 W. National Street
As the City of West Chicago and its many community partners research and develop a Healthy West Chicago Action Plan, the community is discovering the power of working together. Healthy West Chicago takes direct aim at the obesity epidemic through the efforts of more than 15 partners, as well as people who work and live in West Chicago.
A survey of more than 580 West Chicagoans last summer showed that people believe healthy eating and an increase in exercise is extremely important (93% of respondents), but only 28% of respondents said that West Chicago is a “healthy” or “very healthy” place to live.
Last fall and winter, 10 community forums invited parents, faith-based communities, the School District, seniors, and Park District staff to share their ideas. Ideas generated so far include enhancing and growing a Farmer’s Market and Community Garden Program. Others have suggested new ideas for adult recreational sports, including a new softball tournament between faith communities. The community has an extensive bike trail network, but West Chicagoans say they want to integrate biking into everyday life by making biking safer and easier to get to places around town including downtown, schools, stores and more. Another big idea: encourage restaurants to showcase Mexican culture through delicious, healthy menu choices.
A final open forum will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at the ARC Center, located at 201 W. National Street, West Chicago. Everyone living or working in the community is invited. RSVPs are helpful, but not necessary. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
West Chicago Park District Executive Director, Gary Major, is pleased with the progress being made. “Our role with the Healthy West Chicago initiative is to identify the needs of our community and to meet those needs,” he said.
Next steps: Expect to hear about a brand new Healthy West Chicago Community Action Plan and Report Card being rolled out in 2015.