Get involved in promoting healthy food access and consumption in Chicago:
- Shop at corner stores that sell healthy items like low-fat dairy and fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Encourage corner stores that don't sell healthy items to carry them.
- Say no to unhealthy foods that are being marketed to your family.
Over $1.6 billion per year is spent marketing food to children. Skip highly processed packaged food
and direct your children to healthier options.
- Replace whole milk with low-fat (1%) or non-fat (skim) milk. Save the calories from fat without giving up calcium and other nutrients. If your local store does not carry low-fat or non-fat milk, let them know you will purchase it if they stock it.
- Use a healthy vending toolkit to learn how to bring healthy vending to
- Choose healthy vending options - look for low-fat and low calorie items. Find out how healthy your favorite vending snack is using Snackwise.
- Bring snacks from home to your workplace if your vending options are not
- When selecting a beverage, choose water instead of a sugary drink.
- Promote a culture of health and fitness at your workplace. Here are some tips to help plan healthy meetings and events.
- Share ideas for a healthy workplace with your boss. He or she will appreciate it - obesity among employees can be costly for employers, both in health care costs and lost productivity at work.
- Buy fresh, local food - find some here.
- Support local farmers' markets and enjoy tasty seasonal produce - find your
nearest one here.
- Cook at home more - cooking meals allows you to have control over the ingredients and portion sizes. Use fresh local ingredients when possible.
- Follow CLOCC's 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® daily recommendations for healthy eating and physical activity for children and families.
- Plant a vegetable garden. Gardening can provide you with exercise, enjoyment...and delicious fresh food! Here are some tips to get you started.
- Check out programs that promote healthy eating on the CLOCC website.