North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) hosted its annual spring Health and Wellness Open Houses, April 21-30, 2015 at A.J. Katzenmaier, Forrestal, North and Howard A. Yeager Elementary Schools and Neal Math & Science Academy.
The events were made possible through funding provided by the AbbVie Foundation and North Chicago Community Partners. Several local health-related agencies attended the events in order to provide information for families, and volunteers from AbbVie, DePaul University Masters of Nursing Program and local churches, worked alongside North Chicago teachers, staff and student volunteers to educate and engage our guests. More than 1,200 children and adults, representing 450 families, attended the events. Highlighted below are just some of the health-themed activities and community resources made available to children and families:
- Healthy at Home: Tomato Plants- Students had the opportunity to plant tomato seeds in a cup, which can then be transferred to the ground, once sprouted.
- Adjective Edibles- Students used their senses and recorded the taste, smell, feel and look of each food item using adjectives they know.
- Vegetable Bouquet- Students used assorted vegetables, dipped in paint, to create a flower bouquet.
- Butterfly Snack- Students created a ‘healthy snack butterfly’ using small bags, goldfish crackers, grapes and clothespins.
- District 187- Employees from District 187 were available to register students for the 2015-2016 school year.
- Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science-Medical students provided blood pressure and glucose screenings.
- BlueCross BlueShield- Employees shared valuable information on health care options, as well as blood pressure.
- One Hope United-Provided information about a home visiting program for families with children ages 3-5 years old.
The events also featured “shopping” in a grocery store, created by NCCP employees and volunteers, and stocked with food items from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Items included: baked goods, cereals, meats and fresh produce among others. In total, nearly 35,000 pounds of food was distributed to North Chicago Community Unit School District 187