News - Healthy Lifestyles Initiative

Our partners at Rise or Shine Illinois are excited to introduce a new toolkit containing over 60 resources designed to guide schools through implementing a sustainable Breakfast After the Bell program ensuring that kids in 890 schools across the state have access to a h

EverThrive IL is now accepting nominations  for the Loretta P. Lacey Community Advocate, Researcher, and the Garry Gardner Health Care Provider Awards! Awardees will be recognized at the 2017 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 13. Find out more here and submit your nomination here.

Registration is now open for Innovate, Collaborate, & Elevate: a Maternal & Child Health Conference. Find more information, a full conference schedule, and register today here!

EverThrive IL is now accepting nominations for the Loretta P. Lacey Community Adovcate, Researcher, and the Garry Gardner Health Care Provider Awards. Three outstanding public health professionals will be acknowledged at the 2016 Annual Meeting and Luncheon. Find more information and the nomination form here, submissions are due by Friday, February 26.

EverThrive IL is still accepting applications for sponsorship and exhibitors for the 2016 MCH Conference to be held April 20-21 in Oak Lawn, IL. Please submit applications and payment to the EverThrive IL Main Office by Thursday, February 11.

Find exhibitor information and form here.

EverThrive IL saw a lot of change and celebrated many victories in 2015. View the full report here, and become a member today to help us continue our work advocating for families across the state!

EverThrive IL is now accepting abstract submissions for the 2016 Maternal and Child Health Conference held April 20-21, 2016. Find more information here, deadline for submissions is Friday, January 8th.

Jennifer Epstein, Project Director for the Healthy Lifestyles and Health Disparities Initiatives, has accepted a position with the Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago as the Deputy Director - Programs. EverThrive IL is sad to Jennifer go, but we are excited for this incredible opportunity and wish her the best of luck.

Congratulations, Jennifer!

As part of an urban bike tour exploring inaccess to better food and healthy resources, Mary Schmich from the Chicago Tribune Toured the Englewood Office and spoke with EverThrive IL staff Lilah and April about Cooking Matters. Read the article in full here.

Three EverThrive IL sponsored bills and a supported bill have made it through the State Senate and House and are on their way to Governor Rauner's desk this legislative session.

Click on the links below for information on each bill. Thanks to all our partnering advocates, stakeholders, and legislators who supported these measures and were essential to their success. 


EverThrive Illinois is proud to be a partner of the recently-launched public affairs campaign that aims to make breakfast widely available in Illinois schools. In a series of advertisements, Rise and Shine Illinois urges teachers, parents, and administrators to "request school breakfast." More than 449,000 children who receive free and reduced-price lunch in Illinois do not receive school breakfast, ranking Illinois 36th in the nation according to the Food Research and Action Center.

EverThrive Illinois was proud to host our first event at Louis’ Groceries in May 2014. The grocery store tour, organized and led by Cooking Matters staff members, welcomed Southside Chicago community members and CDPH Commissioner, Dr. Choucair. Read more here.

U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) joined local families for an interactive Cooking Matters grocery store tour to see first-hand how nutrition education helps families stretch their federal nutrition benefits and cook healthy, nutritious meals. During the tour, hosted by EverThrive Illinois, Rep. Quigley completed a $10 Challenge using smart shopping skills to purchase ingredients for a healthy meal for a family of four for less than $10.

We know that the summer months can be stressful for families who depend on school breakfast and lunch to provide children with the nutrition they need. Summer meals are available in Illinois for youth 18 years and under.

This week’s Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case was a step back for women’s health across the country. As a boss, I firmly believe that a woman’s health care decisions should be made in the doctor’s office and not in the workplace or courtroom.