Chicago Healthy Communities Learning Institute #LI

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What a great trip to Chicago and the Y Healthy Communities Learning Institute!  It is always motivating to reconnect with colleagues across the country who are working to build healthy communities.  The conference is always jam-packed with learning and you can see highlights on Twitter at #LI.  Some of my highlights:

Touring the McCormick Tribune YMCA and it’s connection to the building of the 606 linear park.  Learn about this exciting urban linear park at http://the606.org/ .  The western edge of the park is anchored by the McCormick Tribune YMCA where exciting healthy living programs are providing healthy foods, nutrition education, environmental stewardship, and building community.  I look forward to returning next summer and touring the completed project!

Hearing from the Chicago Health Department’s dynamic leader Dr. Bechara Choucair who detailed the agressive public health strategies happening in Healthy Chicago http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdph/provdrs/healthychicago.html  where the city is moving the needle on creating health for all residents with a clear focus on equity.  Incredibly exciting and motivating presentation about what’s possible through partnership!  Take a look at their Divvy Bike program https://www.divvybikes.com/ which is supported by the re-prioritization of street design illustrated below.  Chicago is making healthy happen and it’s exciting to learn about their progress and see the data that support these healthy community interventions.

Chicken Coop at the Y.  Members buy $1 tickets to enter the weekly egg drawing!

Chicken Coop at the Y. Members buy $1 tickets to enter the weekly egg drawing!

Re-prioritization of urban streets to design with pedestrians, transit, bicycles, and then cars in mind.  Design changes behavior!

Re-prioritization of urban streets to design with pedestrians, transit, bicycles, and then cars in mind. Design changes behavior!

Wind and Solar Energy fuel the garden watering system

Wind and Solar Energy fuel the garden watering system

BrainImage.Walking

The case for walking meetings or frequent physical activity breaks during the work/school day. Increased brain activation because we are Natural Born Movers™

Programming makes the garden interactive for the community

Programming makes the garden interactive for the community

The 606 linear park in progress

The 606 linear park in progress

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