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Record #: SR2016-177   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 3/16/2016 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Health and Environmental Protection
Final action: 5/18/2016
Title: Establishment of "Health in All Policies" initiative and task force to identify and pursue opportunities to improve health of Chicago residents
Sponsors: Emanuel, Rahm
Attachments: 1. SR2016-177.pdf, 2. SR2016-177.pdf, 3. R2016-177.pdf


OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
CITY OI- CHICAGO
RAHM EMANUEL
MAYOR
March 16,2016










TO THE HONORABLE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO


Ladies and Gentlemen:

At the request of the Commissioner of Public Health, I transmit herewith a resolution regarding the Health in all Departments initiative.

Your favorable consideration of this resolution will be appreciated.

Mayor

Very truly yours,
Health in All Policies Resolution

WHEREAS, the health of Chicago residents is vital for a prosperous and sustainable city; and
WHEREAS, there is growing awareness that the root cause of people's health usually isn't genetics or even individual behavior, but the conditions and environments in which people live, learn, work, play, and age; and
WHEREAS, these conditions and environments profoundly influence health in virtually every domain, from chronic disease to mental illness to violence; and
WHEREAS, disadvantage and injustice can lead to health inequities, with some groups enjoying better health than others due to factors such as income, education, and race; and
WHEREAS, Hispanics and African Americans have worse health outcomes than whites in areas such as diabetes, asthma, infant mortality, and homicide, among many others; and
WHEREAS, there is as much as-a 16-year gap in life expectancy depending on where one lives in Chicago; and
WHEREAS, in Chicago, rates of chronic disease are increasing overall, as 29% of adults are now obese, over one-third of school-aged children are overweight or obese, 27% of adults have high blood pressure, and 9% have diabetes; and
WHEREAS, in Chicago, 18% of adults smoke, 18% of adults do not get any physical activity, and the majority of Chicagoans do not consume enough fruit and vegetables; and

WHEREAS, mental illness is a leading cause of hospitalization; and
WHEREAS, the policies of every governmental agency in the City of Chicago have an impact on the root causes of health, including policies related to food access, housing, transport...

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