Community Stories

Great things are happening in our communities to create sustainable, systemic changes to support healthy choices. Read on to learn about the efforts taking place where we live, work, learn and play that are helping create healthier communities for Suburban Cook County residents.


Students go for 100% Healthy Vending

"A fairly easily implemented strategy to improve what kids eat in schools”. Learn how Community High School district 218 instituted their District Healthy Vending policy in five schools. Watch it here


Baby Steps for Breastfeeding Success

Breastfeeding is a baby’s first start... Learn how two hospitals are working towards implementing baby friendly steps and creating sustainable breastfeeding environments.  Watch it here


School Wellness: Fostering a Healthier Generation

School districts are making it happen! Learn how schools develop wellness policies to improve healthy eating, physical activity and staff worksite wellness.  Watch it here


Building a Healthy Corner Store Project

Lessons from the Suburban Cook County Healthy Hot Spot Corner Store Project....learn about recruiting stores, working with store owners and engaging the community.  Watch it here


Planting the Future

Community and school gardens... Learn how suburban Cook County schools and communities are improving healthy eating and nutrition through institutionalizing their gardens.  Watch it here