Achieving Genuine Community Engagement

Location: Kane County, Illinois, population 520,847

The Problem: Adults are consuming less than five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

smiling group of peopleHealthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Approach: Through Kane County’s Community Engagement Pilot Project, existing programs will be reinvented to fully engage county residents. Three community councils, representing the entirety of Kane County, will be created to best represent the voices of individuals throughout the area. This council will develop action plans to tackle the pressing health needs in each specific community, whether it be increasing access to healthy foods, encouraging healthy behaviors or creating more sidewalks and bike trails.