Help us ensure everyone in Chicago has the opportunity to live longer, healthier lives.
Healthy for Good
Living healthy and free of disease makes a critical difference in quality of life. That’s why we’re working to raise awareness about the vital effect lifestyle has on health and helping communities form healthy habits.
Chicago's Health Gap
When it comes to heart disease and stroke, your zip code can be as important as your genetic code.
Life expectancy in Chicago's neighborhoods varies by as much as 16 years. Here's a look at why.
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Ensuring Healthy Environments
Being a Chicagoan should help our health, not harm it. We're working to increase opportunities for people to incorporate physical activity into their everyday lives and to make nutritious foods more accessible and affordable for all. We're also working to enact statewide and local policies the raise the minimum legal sale age for all tobacco products to 21 and defending against any rollbacks in state smoke free protections.
Strengthening the Economy
A community's well-being is directly related to the health of its local economy. The American Heart Association is helping reverse the tax burden from obesity and disease-related healthcare costs by increasing taxes on items that contribute to disease, like sugar sweetened beverages. Knowing Chicagoans spend time commuting and working, we are working with businesses to create comprehensive workplace health programs that help people get active on the job.
With human ingenuity, we can prevent heart disease and stroke — and care for people who suffer from these devastating diseases. In Chicago, we are fueling discovery, funding $33,189,530 in research in Illinois from 2012-16. We are working with medical professionals to apply the most up-to-date evidence-based treatment guidelines through Get with the Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline.
Policy has the power to protect our health, improve communities and drive lasting change. The American Heart Association empowers citizens to take informed action on local and state policies because we can all benefit from things like smoke free laws and Complete Streets, which requires that all road construction and reconstruction create streets that are safe and convenient for all modes of transportation.