Healthy Lifestyles Initiative

Formerly Cooking Matters Illinois

Meet Cooking Matters Illinois! 

Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters empowers families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals.

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Looking for the perfect volunteering opportunity? Working with Cooking Matters means your impact can be seen right at the dinner table. Class assistants, nutrition and culinary instructors are always needed!  

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2017 Healthy Lifestyles Initiative Policy Priorities

Healthy Lifestyles Initiative factsheet»

NEWS FROM THE Healthy Lifestyles Initiative

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.

EVENTS FROM THE Healthy Lifestyles Initiative
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 11:00am to 2:30pm

The EverThrive IL Annual Meeting is the premier opportunity for public health stakeholders across the state to network, and share best practices in all areas of maternal and child health. Find out more and purchase tickets here.

RESOURCES FROM THE Healthy Lifestyles Initiative

EverThrive IL updates its organizational policy agenda annually.  The Health Reform Initiative also has a specific policy agenda, highlighting policy priorities for our field.


2017 Healthy Lifestyles Policy Priorities