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Community Councils to help shape the health of Kane County

The Kane County Health Department is seeking volunteers to participate in Community Councils that will help make decisions to improve the health of their family members, friends and neighbors. The councils will provide the ideas, concerns and opinions the health department will need to shape future programs to benefit all of Kane County.

The health department submitted an application to participate in the "Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge," and Kane County is among one of 50 communities in the United States to be selected, according to a news release from the Kane County Health Department. The Aetna Foundation and American Public Health Association provided Kane County with a $10,000 award to start the challenge, and – after two years – a $500,000 award will be awarded to the top performing community. There are also four $50,000 awards for runner-up communities, stated the release.

Kane County’s approach will be to initially set up Community Councils in Carpentersville, Elgin and Aurora. The challenge will allow the health department to gather people from all walks of life to discuss ways to improve the culture of health where they live, work and play.

The initial meetings will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the YMCA, 220 E. Chicago St., Elgin; from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora; and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Dundee Township Assessor’s Office, 611 E. Main St., East Dundee.

Free food and activities for children will be provided, and the meetings will be bilingual.

Those who plan to attend a meeting should email Terry Roman at romanterry@co.kane.il.us or call 630-264-7653.

Follow the challenge using the hashtag #GiveKaneAVoice, and learn more by visiting kanehealth.com/challenge.htm and www.healthiestcities.org.

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