It’s Healthy West Chicago’s mission to empower people to make healthy food choices. We do this through offering hands-on nutrition education activities to give people a chance to explore, prepare, and enjoy fresh, affordable foods. Healthy West Chicago provides a variety of opportunities to learn about nutrition guidelines, including: conducting healthy cooking/nutrition classes, holding Nutrition Fairs, and providing education about preventable diseases that can be impacted by improved nutrition. Check out our event calendar for upcoming classes.
Healthy West Chicago partners with the national nonprofit Share Our Strength to offer Cooking Matters® in West Chicago. Cooking Matters teaches families at risk of hunger how to get more food for their money and better nourishment from those foods, as part of the No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Volunteer culinary and nutrition experts lead six-week cooking and nutrition courses and hour-long Shopping Matters® grocery store tours where participants learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in delicious and healthy ways. Cooking Matters is nationally sponsored by the ConAgra Foods® Foundation and Walmart.
Healthy West Chicago hosts an annual 5k walk and Health Celebration. The goal of the event is to highlight our mission to increase healthy eating and physical activity in the City of West Chicago. The objectives of the event are to increase health awareness in the community; to motivate the community members to commit to make positive health behavior changes; to connect community members with resources for health and safety; and to provide education about healthy living.
Healthy for Life®
Healthy West Chicago is proud to announce we are now offering the Healthy for Life® program to West Chicago community members. Healthy for Life® is a community-based nutrition and wellbeing program that focuses on empowering people to make healthy food, nutrition and lifestyle choices. In the Healthy for Life® program, individuals will: gain new skills to prepare and experience healthy food, receive culturally relevant healthy recipes, budget and shop for healthy foods, and increase level of comfort with healthy foods. These Healthy for Life® Educational Experiences were created by Aramark and the American Heart Association as part of our Healthy for Life® 20 By 20 Initiative. We are proud to be working together to help improve the health of all Americans. Healthy for Life® is a registered trademark of Aramark.