According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behaviors. Research also has shown that school health programs can reduce the prevalence of health risk behaviors among young people and have a positive effect on academic performance.”

North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) continues to develop and expand its Healthy Body-Healthy Mind initiative, created in 2012. In addition to distributing more than 1,500 weekend backpacks filled with food and hosting more than 2,600 North Chicago residents at our Family Health and Wellness Open Houses, NCCP facilitates vision and hearing screenings for hundreds of students and provides uniforms, winter wear, hygiene items and school supplies for all students in need.

The Family Care Closet, another component of our wellness initiative, helps address the hunger issues of families in the district, and provides them with essential items that cannot be purchased through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Families with students currently enrolled in North Chicago’s schools are invited to visit the Family Care Closet one time per month or more often. More than 400 families, representing more than 1,000 school-age children take advantage of this school-based resource each year.

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