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.
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.
Andi Cooper, 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.
Andi Cooper, Healthy West Chicago – CHAIR The Garden Workgroup strives to bring more edible gardens and garden related education opportunities to West Chicago.
Andi Cooper, RLA, LEED AP
Andi Cooper is passionate about fostering healthy sustainable communities and connecting people to the natural world. As a registered landscape architect and LEED Accredited Professional she has worked with communities for over 20 years helping them become more sustainable and healthy through the built environment and strategic partnerships.
Andi serves on the advisory board for DuPage FORWARD and her community’s Plan Commission. She received a BS from Vanderbilt University in Human and Organizational Development, where she was a varsity golfer. She received a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources. For fun Andi enjoys biking the Prairie Path, yoga, gardening and cooking, coaching, playing golf, and traveling with her family and friends.