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Medina: A healthier West Chicago

Community voice

Did you know that Illinois has the 14th highest childhood obesity rate and is the 24th most obese state for adults in the United States?

These are alarming statistics for communities that have the need for spaces and facilities to entice people to be active. West Chicago has vast open spaces such as beautiful parks, walking paths and playgrounds; however, most children nowadays aren’t motivated to be outdoors or active unless there is something specific to draw their attention. Children’s leisure time is now disturbed by electronics or the need to be on social media, which makes it difficult for parents to engage the children in physical activity.

The West Chicago Park District is part of “Healthy West Chicago," a community-wide initiative that seeks to improve fitness and nutrition through programs and resources that help residents make healthy choices. With the opening of the new ARC Center (Athletic, Recreation and Activity), the Park District hopes to draw the residents to a wonderful facility that will help them meet their fitness and activity goals.

The Treehouse Playhouse features more than 3,500 square feet of integrated soft playground, providing children with hours of physical and developmental activities. The new fitness center will feature a wide range of cardio and strength equipment along with personal trainers available to guide participants along their health journey.

This much indoor recreation space has never been available to the community of West Chicago before; from now on, regardless of the weather, residents will have a place to be active. The Park District staff has been working on great programming ideas for children and adults that will make it easier for the community to meet the goal of a “Healthy West Chicago."

If you would like to get additional information or find out how you can take the first step to a healthier lifestyle, please call the West Chicago Park District at 630-231-9474 or visit its website at

Lily Medina is the marketing and public relations coordinator for the West Chicago Park District.

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