Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  The first blood bank in the world was established at Cook County Hospital by Dr. Bernard Fantus in 1937.
   
     
     
     



Fat fight: Cook County gets $16M to battle obesity

Saturday, March 20, 2010
SouthtownStar
by Steve Metsch

We are too fat.

And Cook County wants to help us lose weight.

The county Friday was awarded a two-year, $16 million federal grant for obesity prevention.

The money comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, said Dr. Stephen Martin Jr., chief operating officer of the county public health department. It will be used for programs in suburban Cook County that aim to fight obesity, he said.

About 40 percent of children and 63 percent of adults in suburban Cook are either obese or overweight, he said.

"We have more obese and overweight adults than the entire population of Montana," Martin said. Montana's population was 974,989 in July 2009, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Martin and Cristal Thomas, regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced the grant at Revere Intermediate School, 12331 S. Gregory St., Blue Island.

The school was selected for the announcement because it promotes fitness, Blue Island Mayor Donald Peloquin said.

Students there and at nearby Revere Elementary School are encouraged to walk or ride bikes to and from school, Principal Bob Hildreth said. It eases traffic and promotes good health, he said.

Sixty percent of kids in Blue Island walk or bike to school, Peloquin said.

"This is an older, established town. People here walk everywhere," he said.

Martin, who stays trim by working out regularly at the Homewood-Flossmoor Racquet & Fitness Club with his 14-year-old daughter, said obesity is costly in many ways.

It is linked with increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, cancer and heart disease, he said.

"We spend $3.5 billion a year in Illinois on health related costs because of obesity," said Martin, of Country Club Hills.

Martin said Cook County School District 130, with a fitness reimbursement program for employees, is a good example for groups who might want to apply for a cut of the federal money.

District 130 reimburses its 600 employees $100 each annually for fitness-related expanses such as joining a health club or Weight Watchers, Supt. Raymond Lauk said.

A total of $372.8 million in federal money was awarded Friday to 44 communities nationwide, Thomas said.

Cook County Board member Deborah Sims (D-Chicago) urged parents to get their children to play outside.

"When we were younger, we didn't have the GameBoys or TV time kids have today. We played games outside. I recall my cousin rolling a tire down the street," Sims said.



Recent Headlines

Northfield woman’s plea prompts assessor’s relief for floodplain homeowners
Friday, September 20, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Jail’s book limit ruled as proper
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Chicago Daily law Bulletin

Prisoner escapes from Chicago police custody en route to Cook County Jail
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

County clerk’s office needs federal oversight
Monday, September 16, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

City Club of Chicago: Toni Preckwinkle – Advancing Racial Equity in Cook County
Monday, September 16, 2019
WGN Radio

Choosing Cook County judges, Justice Ginsburg reminds us, should not be a popularity contest
Monday, September 16, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Kim Foxx interested, wary of working with Trump White House on criminal justice reform
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Is Clerk Karen Yarbrough ‘best official’ in county — or is patronage hiring flap only ‘tip of the iceberg’?
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

A secret vote will choose Cook County’s next judicial chief. A $270 million budget, thousands of employees, and the future of a huge court system are at stake.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Evans Faces Challenge Thursday For Position As Cook County Chief Judge
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
WBEZ News

Cook County Health's John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital Receives $5M Federal Grant to Support Cancer Research
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Daily Herald

Cook County Forest Preserves Might Pitch Property Tax Hike To Voters
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
WBEZ News

Column: Ethically, Todd Ricketts owes Cook County six more years of property taxes on his Wilmette house. He should pay up.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Watchdog accuses County Clerk Karen Yarbrough of running ‘illegal patronage’ operation, wants court oversight
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Prosecutors Decline To File Charges In About 1 In Every 5 Murder Cases
Thursday, September 05, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

Cook County Maps Story of Opioid Epidemic with New Website
Thursday, September 05, 2019
WBEZ News

Slow refund checks for Water Tower residents—including the county treasurer—lead to proposed fee
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Criminal history vs. compassion? County debate over role of rap sheets in rental decisions
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County’s new law barring landlords from turning away tenants with certain criminal backgrounds faces controversy
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Editorial: Upholding Cook County’s assault weapons ban
Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Chicago Tribune

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP