For the first time in 200 years, children in America may have shorter life expectancies than their parents. This alarming prediction is directly connected to obesity and weight issues (and unhealthy lifestyles-skinny does not equal health). Across the country, more children and adults are overweight or obese than ever before.
Sadly, the City of West Chicago is no exception to this heart-breaking trend. West Chicago has an obesity rate that is 10% higher than the rest of DuPage County. One out of every four kindergarteners in DuPage County start school already overweight or obese The people of West Chicago — especially our kids — deserve better.
It is time for West Chicago to come together for our future.
It is time to become Healthy West Chicago.
Healthy West Chicago is dedicated to increasing healthy eating and physical activity in the City of West Chicago to make West Chicago one of the healthiest communities in the region. Through engaging events and policy efforts, we aim to make the healthy choice, the easy choice.
As a partnership, Healthy West Chicago is a ground-breaking collaboration among community organizations committed to improving the health of West Chicagoans. Our Action Plan is based on extensive community input and guidance from technical experts. The Action Plan will guide our work for the next 5-10 years.
Healthy West Chicago is currently funded with generous support from Northwestern Medicine, the City of West Chicago and WeGo Together for Kids through their partnership with the United Way of DuPage/West Cook and Metropolitan Family Services. Healthy West Chicago’s fiscal agent is People Made Visible, a West Chicago 501(c)(3) whose mission is to foster community through dynamic cultural and social programming.
Haciendo la opción saludable la opción mas fácil.
Healthy West Chicago in partnership with Community High School and the City along with Team Pineda host indoor walks December through March each year. Check the Community Calendar for dates
Healthy West Chicago prepares programs to show families the content of commonly consumed products
DRINK MORE WATER
Sugar-sweetened beverages increase health risks like heart disease and diabetes. Sadly, West Chicagoans buy more soda than 60-80% of communities all around the country.
Most of us don’t have the time, money or desire to go to the gym, though. Thankfully, there is a type of exercise that is free and easy to add into your everyday life: walking!
BEBER MÀS AGUA.
Bebidas azucaradas aumentan riesgos de salud como enfermedad cardíaca y diabetes. Tristemente, residentes de West Chicago compran más soda que 60-80% de comunidades por todo el país.
Sin embargo, la mayoría de nosotros no tenemos el tiempo, el dinero o el deseo de ir al gimnasio. ¡Afortunadamente, hay un tipo de ejercicio que es gratuito y fácil de agregar a su vida diaria: caminar!