Obesity is linked to many life-threatening chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes and is recognized as a foremost public health crisis in Chicago and across the nation. More than half of Chicago adults and one-third of youth are overweight or obese, meaning they are at increased risk for serious, costly health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. Furthermore, nearly half of Chicagoans eat less than three servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
Improving access to healthy food is a key strategy of obesity prevention. Healthy Places is working to increase access to fresh and healthy foods throughout Chicago with healthy vending, corner store, and food plan initiatives.
Learn more about the food initiatives in Healthy Places: