Good health influences everything from how well a child is able to learn in the classroom to how much an adult is able to earn in the workplace. But for too many of our neighbors, good health—including access to regular physical activity—is out of reach.
- • 26% of people living in poverty in Chicago don’t feel safe using parks, playgrounds and walking paths in their neighborhoods.
- • 40% of Chicago residents are obese, and obesity is the leading risk factor for preventable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes.
Active living is an essential element of a person’s overall health and well-being, and in order to improve the health of our region, we must ensure that regular physical activity, along with a healthy diet, is more frequently integrated into individual and community lifestyles. As the weather finally warms, we want to highlight opportunities to volunteer with our partners who are getting outside and getting active.
From supporting youth sports to volunteering at triathlons, the opportunities below are a great way for you to help promote healthy living in our region. Click on our partner links to learn more, sign up and start making a difference.