The Healthy Lombard Foundation is a 501c3 village-wide initiative that was created in 2010 to address the epidemic of Childhood Obesity and promote a Healthy Lifestyle for all individuals. To accomplish this mission, Healthy Lombard uses a Triple A Approach of Awareness, Activities and Achievement.
Following is a review of our efforts during 2017.
As of December 2017, HL identifies 45 Partners with links to them from the HL website.
Board Member Partners and Major Fitness February Fair Sponsors have their logo linked on the main page of the HL website.
The Village again declared, per Healthy Lombard’s request, that the 2nd month of the year in 2017 be designated as Fitness February Month.
The Healthy Lombard website contains a Calendar for Community Events, a daily blog, links to all partners and generated over 80,000 hits per month.
HL partners with the College of DuPage Nursing Department to acquire student-generated, health-themed posts for its daily blog.
HL maintained sites on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.
In partnership with the DuPage County Health Department, Healthy Lombard produces a ½ cable program called, “Health Local.” It is aired on Comcast Channel 19 in the towns of: Addison, Aurora, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Darian, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glendale Heights, Glen Ellyn, Itasca, Lisle, Lombard, Medina, Naperville, Oakbrook Terrace, Oakbrook, Roselle, Warrenville, Wayne, Westmont, Wheaton, Winfield, Wood Dale, and, Unincorporated Villa Park. It also airs on the Lombard Channel 6 & AT&T U-verse Channel 99(Lombard). Single segments are also uploaded to the Healthy Lombard YouTube Channel. (www.youtube.com/healthylombard). That way, individuals who do not have cable can still view them.
Maintained partnerships with two local restaurants that resulted in a nutritionist reviewing their menus and then designating items acknowledged by HL as being a healthy choice and is in the process of considering new sites for 2018
Began collecting number of board member’s volunteer hours
Flat Apple is the summer program designed to keep kids active during non-school months, was open to all partners who wished to “host an event. The on-line registration process was again successful resulting in a total of 178 participants (representing 70 families).
Held the 2017 Fitness February Fair at Yorktown Mall, on a Saturday from 10 – 2 PM with 42 tables, 8 performances and 2 participant fitness contests. The stage schedule changed every 20 minutes.
Sponsors G.Y.M. Bags for 2nd graders at 3 District 44 Schools and at St John Lutherans
Sponsored interactive tables at:
– The District 87 Wellness Fair
– The Lombard’s Senior Fair
– The Lombard Park District’s Play Day
Invited to be the State Coordinator for the Great Lakes “Apple Crunch Day” in 2017
Health Heroes awards presented for HL by Chicago Red Stars Soccer Team Mascot, Supernova, to 2 individuals and 1 Business for improving the health of their workplaces.
New organizations/business asked to be included at each of the Quarterly Meetings
Volunteers from the College of DuPage, the National University of Health Science, and the Glenbard East High School Key Club have participated at the Healthy Lombard table at health fairs and assisted with summer activities.
Receives referrals from:
The Lombard Chamber of Commence
The Lombard Town Center,
Yorktown Center Shopping Mall
and other organizations as the group to contact on how to become involved in improving the wellness of the residents
HL’s budget for 2017 is $9,000. These funds were obtained through fees for the FFF and major donations from the Wojcik Family, the Kiwanis Club of Lombard and a private donor.
In 2017, the HL Board consisted of Founder & Board President Jay Wojcik, Vice President Jennifer McGrath, Secretaries Christine Cornell and Clodagh McCall, Finance Officers Tim O’Hara and Kevin Lindsay, and board members Joe McCann, Rohma Katrawaia, and Elizabeth Moxley.