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.
Upcoming Volunteer Events
Leaning Tower Y Triathlon
May 19-20, 2018
Volunteers needed to assist with registration, act as course marshals, provide support at water stations, and help with refreshments. May 19th will be the youth triathlon and May 20th will be the adult triathlon at the Leaning Tower YMCA in Niles, IL.
In YMCA of Metro Chicago summer day camps, children experience new things, develop new skills, and have fun. Volunteers are needed as coaches, referees, and scorekeepers at YMCA sports camps. Find a YMCA near you to learn more about exact roles needed.
In Naperville and Aurora, 360 Youth Services is looking for volunteers to teach yoga, martial arts, and meditation classes. Volunteers are also needed to take youth (ages 13-24) to fitness classes such as spinning, weightlifting and CrossFit.
Children’s Home + Aid offers volunteer opportunities to lead dance, yoga, and Zumba classes, as well as to lead activates at an annual summer camp. These activities are based in their Evanston and Hazel Crest locations.