Making the healthy choice the easy choice.

Haciendo la opción saludable la opción mas fácil.

About Us

Mission and Vision

The mission of Healthy West Chicago is to increase healthy eating and physical activity in order to make West Chicago one of the healthiest communities in the region. Through engaging events, educational offerings and policy efforts, we aim to make the healthy choice, the easy choice.

Healthy West Chicago is both a partnership and an ideal. It is the belief that every single person has the ability to improve their own health. It is the desire to help all residents make healthy choices for themselves and their children.


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.


Communications Workgroup

Sara Phalen, People Made Visible – CHAIR
This team helps establish and review the HWC communications strategy.

Indicators/Report Card Workgroup

Gary Cuneen, SGA – CHAIR
The Indicators Workgroup is responsible for identifying metrics each year which will be ultimately measured and communicated in the annual report card.

Walking/Movement Workgroup

Laurie Chassee, Healthy West Chicago – CHAIR
This team organizes and promotes walking and movement related activities and programs throughout the community, including The Move with The Mayor Challenge, Safe Routes to School and Complete Streets.

Rethink Your Drink Workgroup

Jen Nelson, Seven Generations Ahead - CHAIR
This team is responsible for oversight of the Rethink Your Drink campaign to educate the community about sugary sweetened beverages and develop behavior changes focused on drinking more water.

Garden Workgroup

Laurie Chassee, Healthy West Chicago – CHAIR
The Garden Workgroup strives to bring more edible gardens and garden related education opportunities to West Chicago.