Healthy Places is a joint partnership between the Chicago Department of Public Health and CLOCC to implement sustainable policies and environmental changes that address obesity in Chicago by creating healthier environments where Chicagoans live, work, learn, and play. Healthy Places involves governmental and community partners from across Chicago.
Healthy Places is funded by the Prevention and Public Health Fund included in the 2010 Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Communities Putting Prevention to Work program administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Areas of Focus:
- Food Access - Increasing access to fresh and healthy foods though vending, mobile produce carts, community gardens, and corner stores.
- Safe Walking and Biking - Increasing physical activity and active transportation use through complete streets designs that accommodate all forms of transportation (including walking and biking) and safe access to parks.
- Breastfeeding Support - Increasing support for breastfeeding by promoting the adoption of “Baby-Friendly Hospital” recommendations in Chicago hospitals and educating community members about the benefits of breastfeeding.
- School Environments - Increasing healthy food options and physical activity in schools and in after-school programs through school wellness policy and after-school program standards.
- Media and Public Education - Creating awareness of and support for these initiatives though a city-wide marketing and media campaign.
To learn more, visit the Healthy Places website.