For more than 10 years, FORWARD DuPage (FORWARD) has ensured that healthy lifestyle choices remains a top priority for DuPage County. Through our broad-based community coalition of more than 1300 stakeholders, FORWARD has leveraged partnerships to reduce obesity rates to prevent its associated chronic diseases. As the county’s healthy lifestyle expert, FORWARD convenes, educates, connects, and shares best practices in nutrition, physical activity, sleep and the built environment. As a result of FORWARD’s success, in 2015, it was selected to assist Impact DuPage (DuPage County’s collaborative effort created to identify community needs and priorities to improve the well-being of the DuPage County community overall) in achieving their broader county-wide strategic goal--Health Status Improvement. FORWARD understands that maintaining a healthy weight and building a healthy immune system is the body's first line of defense in fighting any chronic illness or virus such as COVID-19. By helping individuals understand and incorporate healthy lifestyle best practices, our community improves their health and their ability to fight disease. This waterfall effect not only reduces obesity but the number of people needing hospitalization and the pressure on our healthcare system.

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For more than 10 years, FORWARD DuPage (FORWARD) has ensured that healthy lifestyle choices remains a top priority for DuPage County. Through our broad-based community coalition of more than 1300 stakeholders, FORWARD has leveraged partnerships to reduce obesity rates to prevent its associated chronic diseases. As the county’s healthy lifestyle expert, FORWARD convenes, educates, connects, and shares best practices in nutrition, physical activity, sleep and the built environment. As a result of FORWARD’s success, in 2015, it was selected to assist Impact DuPage (DuPage County’s collaborative effort created to identify community needs and priorities to improve the well-being of the DuPage County community overall) in achieving their broader county-wide strategic goal--Health Status Improvement. FORWARD understands that maintaining a healthy weight and building a healthy immune system is the body's first line of defense in fighting any chronic illness or virus such as COVID-19. By helping individuals understand and incorporate healthy lifestyle best practices, our community improves their health and their ability to fight disease. This waterfall effect not only reduces obesity but the number of people needing hospitalization and the pressure on our healthcare system.