Did You Know?
- 7.7 percent of adults in Lake County have diabetes.
- Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the country.
- Diabetes is one of the nation's fastest growing health threats.
- People with diabetes have medical expenses 2.3 times higher
than they would if they did not have diabetes (according to the
American Diabetes Association).
Be Well-Lake County
Be Well-Lake County is a program that helps patients manage their diabetes so that they can remain healthy and active and prevent complications associated with the disease. The program also strives to build greater access to healthcare and support resources targeting the underserved diabetes population in Lake County.
The program is a collaboration among NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore), the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center (LCHD/CHC), and community partners to mobilize resources and help ensure high quality and comprehensive care for all members of the community. Be Well-Lake County receives philanthropic support from individual donors and The Auxiliary at Highland Park Hospital.
The program launched in 2009 at LCHD's North Chicago Community Health Center, with the goal of expansion to additional locations in order to broaden the program's reach over time. A physician researcher is evaluating the process and measuring patient outcomes to demonstrate program effectiveness. This signature program underscores NorthShore and the LCHD/CHC's shared commitment to reducing health disparities in Lake County. Be Well-Lake County also supports a community garden in North Chicago. Community members are invited to volunteer with the upkeep of the garden.
Watch the WGN News story on the community garden »
Watch the Lake County TV segment on healthy cooking »
Watch the Lake County TV segment on preparing a healthy dessert »
Lake County Health Department
Community Health Center
3010 Grand Ave
Waukegan, IL 60085
To make a contribution:
1033 University Place, Ste. 450
Evanston, IL 60201
777 Park Ave. West
Highland Park, IL 60035