Healthy HotSpot

For many years, health programs have focused on individual behavior, assuming that if you teach people what will make them healthy, they will find a way to do it. Unfortunately, being healthy goes beyond making individual choices. Every day we learn more about the direct connection between place and health. The places we live, work, learn, worship, play, or receive health care should be Healthy HotSpots that provide practical, readily available options that make healthy living easier.

Policy, systems and environmental (PSE) changes can help to create these Healthy HotSpots. Not one agency alone can advance PSE change; it requires everyone working together. In suburban Cook County, Healthy HotSpot partnerships are leading a movement to create healthy, vibrant places that will make all of suburban Cook County a Healthy HotSpot, one spot at a time. By changing laws and shaping physical landscapes, a big impact can be made with little time and resources. These changes further support communities in tackling major health concerns like chronic diseases including heart disease, obesity, and diabetes and other issues such as emergency preparedness.

Learn more about our partnerships and find Healthy HotSpots in your community using the Spot map.

Healthy Eating & Active Living Spots

  1. Healthy School Districts

    Healthy School Districts

    School district has school(s) actively participating in the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Program.

  2. Take Charge

    Take Charge

    Take Charge Health Healthy Hot Spots increase access to clinical preventative services has a positive impact on healthy aging for adults in all communities. Evidence based programs such as Take Charge of Your Health are community driven with national recognition for enhancing physical and psychological well being of participants.

  3. Complete Streets

    Complete Streets

    Complete Streets are designed and operated to ensure that everyone – pedestrians, transit users, bicyclists and motorists – can travel safely and comfortably along and across a street. By adopting a Complete Streets policy, communities in suburban Cook County commit to designing, building and maintaining roadways that give residents of all ages and abilities safer, healthier and more affordable travel options.

  4. Healthy Corner Stores

    Healthy Corner Stores

    Healthy Corner Stores offer foods such as whole grains, low-fat dairy products, low-fat proteins like fish or beans, and fruits and vegetables, these stores are making it easier for local residents to access healthy food items.

Prepared Cook County Spots

  1. Medical Reserve Corps

    Medical Reserve Corps

    The Cook County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is an organized volunteer group of medical, non-medical and public health professionals willing to assist the Cook County Department of Public Health during public health emergencies.

Tobacco-Free Living Spots

  1. Smoke-Free Housing

    Smoke-Free housing

    To be recognized as a smoke-free housing unit, the tenant lease must have an addendum that states the smoke-free policy. There are four levels of smoke-free housing.

    Smoke-free Housing Status Levels:

    Gold

    • 100% of units and common areas are smoke-free. All resident lease agreements include smoke-free policy.
    • 100% of property grounds smoke-free; includes manager, staff, tenants, guests and vendors.

    Silver

    • 100% of units and common areas are smoke-free. All resident lease agreements include smoke-free policy.
    • Smoking prohibited on property grounds within 15 feet of buildings; includes manager, staff, tenants, guests and vendors.

    Bronze

    • Portion of units are smoke-free. At least 50% of residents lease agreements include smoke-free policy.
    • Smoking prohibited on property grounds within 15 feet of buildings; includes manager, staff, tenants, guests and vendors.

    Honorable Mention

    • Property is currently in process of adopting a smoke-free policy for units and/or grounds.
 

Partnerships for Healthy Eating & Active Living

Partnerships for healthy eating and active living are building Healthy HotSpots that prevent and reduce obesity and other chronic conditions.

Partnerships for Tobacco-Free Living

Partnerships for tobacco-free living are building Healthy HotSpots that prevent and reduce tobacco use.

Partnerships for A Prepared Cook County

Partnerships for a Prepared Cook County have established Medical Reserve Corps who are willing to assist during public health emergencies.

Featured Partner

American Lung Associaton

www.lungil.org