“I’m so happy I had the opportunity to be a part of this program,” said Sanders. “Now, I’m eating less meat and more vegetables, exercising four times a week and preparing healthier meals for my family and friends at church.”
“The Community Engagement Initiative is a shining example of Northwestern’s longstanding commitment to the community,” said Posh Charles, director, external affairs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “We are proud to collaborate with valuable community organizations to help residents across Chicago progress towards better health.”
Class attendees are now more conscious of what they are eating, reading labels at grocery stores carefully and their overall clinical metrics have improved significantly. According to Sanders, the program not only positively impacted the lives of the participants, but others as well.
“This class has not only changed my life, but my family’s, friends’ and community’s too,” said Sanders. “If each one of us teaches another person what we’ve learned, we will continue to make strides towards a healthier community and change lives.”
A new series of wellness classes will begin Monday, July 2 and will run for six weeks. Residents who are interested in participating can call 773-886-1220 for more information or to register. Northwestern will also be holding free blood pressure, diabetes and weight and height screenings during the Humboldt Park Farmers Market throughout the summer. To learn more about these events and other community outreach initiatives offered through Northwestern, contact Community Services at 312-926-7147 or visit www.nmh.org.