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Be Well-Lake County

  • Since 2009, more than 1,150 patients have benefitted from Be Well-Lake County. There are currently close to 600 active patients.  
  • It is estimated that 6 percent of Lake County’s adult population has been diagnosed with diabetes.  
  • About one-third of the 26 million Americans who have diabetes don’t know it (source: American Diabetes Association). 

Be Well-Lake County 

Be Well-Lake County, a community health initiative committed to providing greater access to comprehensive diabetes care, is a vital asset to hundreds of medically underserved patients with Type 2 diabetes. 

The collaborative effort between NorthShore University HealthSystem and the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center provides disease management, subspecialty care, assistance with medication and testing supplies, on-site Hemoglobin A1C testing, an exercise training component and a community garden. Proper diabetes management is critical, because complications can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness and kidney disease.

Be Well-Lake County underscores NorthShore’s commitment to reducing health disparities in the community. The program supports a community garden in North Chicago, and community members are invited to volunteer with the upkeep of the garden throughout the summer months. 


  • Diabetes management for more than 1,050 Be Well patients at the LCHD/CHC North Chicago Health Center and Belvidere Medical Building in Waukegan since inception
  • Assistance with medication and testing supplies
  • Subspecialty care access for cardiology, ophthalmology, endocrinology, podiatry and nephrology
  • On-site Hemoglobin A1c testing
  • Diabetes self-management education classes and support group
  • Personal trainer program
  • Paid membership to a fitness center for those who qualify
  • Dental health services to those qualify
  • Nutrition education offered by a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Contact Information

Program information:
Julie Krohn, MS, RDN, LDN
Nutrition Services Assistant Coordinator
Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center
2400 Belvidere Road
Waukegan, IL 60085

To make a contribution:
Walt Cody
NorthShore Foundation
1033 University Place, Ste. 450
Evanston, IL 60201