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Group Walk & Roll
Susan Stanley and Amal Qayed
PR 11 D-SHINES tree planting
Happy gardener
Mariam Bezih student
Alymamah Masrah
Screener w Jackie Lovejoy
Group Walk & Roll
Susan Stanley and Amal Qayed
PR 11 D-SHINES tree planting
Happy gardener
Mariam Bezih student
Alymamah Masrah
Screener w Jackie Lovejoy
Healthy Dearborn News 

Get the latest news and make your voice heard at the next Healthy Dearborn Community Evening Meeting!

June 27, 2019

Find out about Healthy Dearborn's new initiatives to improve community health and let us know what you think about them! What are your ideas for a healthy Dearborn? Join us for robust conversation and interactive planning on Thursday, June 27th, at the Dearborn Administrative Center Atrium, 16901 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn 48126. Refreshments will be served. Arabic translation will be available and families are welcome! See the flyer for more information - and join us!

Mayor O'Reilly, Jr. joins Healthy Dearborn & Beaumont Health to launch exciting 8-week walk challenge!

July 10, 2019

Our goal is to walk 2,275 miles - the distance from Dearborn to Los Angeles - together! By walking at least one day a week for an hour or two miles, we can do this! It's easy to join the campaign. You can volunteer as a walk leader, set your own route, on any day and time during the week, and invite others to walk with you as a team. Or, you can register as a walker and join any team that walks at times and locations convenient for you. The kick-off is July 10th at Geer Park. All registered walkers will receive free walk kits and chances to win prizes! See flyer for more info. Dearborn, let's get walking!

Healthy Dearborn Walk & Roll Season Opener is May 1st!

May 01, 2019

Please join us at the Healthy Dearborn Walk & Roll Season Opener! These popular weekly bike rides and walks kicked off its new season on May 1st, at Beaumont Dearborn Hospital, 18101 Oakwood Avenue. Walk & Rolls are great for socializing with your friends, neighbors and others for a fun, one-hour, family-friendly walk or bike ride - the mode of transportation is your choice! It's a blast - and it's healthy, too! Check out the calendar on the home page, as well as with the link below.

EHRA receives grant for an expanded citizen science academy!

April 03, 2020

The Community Foundation for SE Michigan has awarded a $52,000 grant to University of Michigan Dearborn professors Natalie Sampson and Carmel Price to implement an expanded Environmental Health Research to Action (EHRA) project in South Dearborn. Healthy Dearborn is a member of the EHRA Steering Committee. EHRA is a community-based research program designed to address residents' environmental health concerns in south Dearborn. The project engages high school youth in an intensive health and justice academy. There, youth gain knowledge and skills in environmental health-related epidemiology, monitoring, policy and literacy. Last year was the pilot launch. This year, the academy will take place over two weeks during the summer. Applications for high school applicants will be available soon. Generous stipends are available for the students. 

Environmental health is a critical issue in Dearborn, particularly on the south side. Air pollution from cumulative exposures contributes to health disparities in this community, which is predominately comprised of Yemeni American residents and where approximately 47% of the population is under 18 years old. EHRA is a shining example of an effective model of teaching youth to become engaged citizen-advocates for improved community health.

Workout Opportunities for Women program is a huge success!

The new and exciting Workout Opportunities for Women (WOW!) initiative was launched in March at Salina Elementary School. The class of women loved it so much that they asked for another class, which was added the following week. Healthy Dearborn is partnering with LAHC to organize and implement twice-monthly women's workouts at several sites, including Salina and Miller Elementary Schools. LAHC is an expert in providing physical activity training. Women who sign up for these free workouts will also enjoy nutrition information at the end of every workout session.

The next two workouts for women will be held at Miller Elementary School on April 15th and 29th, from 2 - 3:30.

If you are interested in joining any of these workouts, please contact Kelly Citron at kcitron@lahc.org.


Healthy Dearborn's FIrst Seed Library Education Workshop was a blooming success!

February 27, 2019

Healthy Dearborn has a Seed Library, housed at the City of Dearborn Henry Ford Centennial Library. A seed library is a community seed bank, open to everyone in the community at no charge. It provides vegetable and flower seeds, information and resources about growing and saving seeds, and gardening. The first workshop in a garden education series was held on February 27th and it was a great success! Kate Pepin led the interactive session where participants planted heirloom seeds to take home. Stay tuned - we will have future events posted soon!

Healthy Dearborn receives KaBOOM! grant for a new soccer play area in Dearborn!

August 10, 2019

Healthy Dearborn received a $63,000 grant from KaBOOM! to transform a vacant lot in Dearborn's east side to a mini-soccer court for young children to play in! Neighbors in the area have told us what they want to see in the park. Now, we are busy finalizing the park design and soliticing bids for the new playground equipment. The park will be fully accessible to children and adults with disabilities. The park will be completely installed by August 10th! Please check back for news about the park grand opening!

Healthy Dearborn now has 16 healthy restaurants!

February 25, 2019

The Healthy Restaurant Program continues to grow!  There are now 16 Healthy Dearborn Healthy Restaurants. The newest member is The Henry Ford Michigan Cafe.  Each restaurant earned a gold or silver rating dependent upon a thorough set of evidence-based criteria, including whole food ingredients, no preservatives, low-fat or low-sugar options, and vegetarian/vegan options.  The following restaurants were awarded a gold or silver rating:



-Brome Modern Eatery

-Picasso Restaurant Group

-Mint 29
-The Henry Ford Employee Dining Room

-Michigan Cafe at The Henry Ford



-Al-Ameer Dearborn



-Habib's Cuisine

-La Pita

-Lue Thai 

-M Cantina



-The Butcher's Grille

Congratulations to all of the awardees!  We hope this new program can help inform you of where the healthy options are and what they include!

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April 08, 2019

Eating with purpose and decoding health with Liz Kennard, RD

Today, misconceptions about nutrition are rampant. With so many health "experts" and health influencers spewing different ideas, it's hard to know which recommendation to follow. Liz Kennard, Registered Dietitian at Beaumont Health says, "There is no right answer for every person. Nutrition is highly individualized and is based on a variety of factors including genetics, lifestyle and personal preferences." 

Liz is on a mission to challenge the myths that continue to misguide our notions on health and nutrition.

A common myth Mrs. Kennard wants to challenge is the practice of equating obesity with "unhealthy". The idea of a person being unhealthy solely because of their weight is ill informed. "Too much time is spent talking about obesity! We can be healthy at any size", she asserts.

The most common method people choose to lose weight is through dieting. Research shows that up to 95% of people who try to lose weight will not succeed long-term even when the diet is maintained. "Rules should be discarded in favor of having an even playing ground for all foods. All foods can fit into a healthy diet when we practice the principles of balance, variety and moderation." Liz suggests practicing "mindful eating". Be fully aware of what you eat, when you're truly hungry and stopping when you're satisfied and not uncomfortable. 

Informing people to simply lose weight is harmful because it does not work for most people. Let's not focus on eating to lose, but on eating to gain: gain more time with our families, our friends and more importantly, ourselves. By remaining focused and eating with purpose, you can be healthy at any size.

April 08, 2019

Join us on social media!

Take a second to follow Healthy Dearborn through our new social media accounts!  Download the smartphone apps today and stay in the loop!

Facebook: Follow three Facebook pages: Healthy Dearborn; Healthy Dearborn Walk & Roll; and Bike Dearborn.

Instagram: healthy_dearborn 

April 08, 2019

Healthy Dearborn - one of Beaumont Health's Healthy Communities

After a 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment showed high rates of heart disease, diabetes and obesity in Wayne County, Beaumont Health launched five "healthy community" initiatives in Trenton, Taylor, Dearborn, Wayne and Westland.


Most recently, Beaumont Health has added two more healthy communities: Healthy Grosse Pointe/Harper Woods and Healthy Farmington.


Healthy communities are community-led efforts to improve health by creating conditions and opportunities for everyone to enjoy healthy diets and active living.

Each healthy community initiative is led by community residents and partnerships between local city government, public schools and Beaumont Health.


Healthy Dearborn was launched in 2015. It enjoys robust support from Mayor O'Reilly, Jr., Dearborn City Council, Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Glenn Maleyko, 250 residents and many community leaders. It now has more than 500 members in its coalition.

The Healthy Dearborn coalition meets every third Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. to plan and build a culture of health. Joining us is easy - we want your ideas! Contact Sara Gleicher at (313) 378-7052 or sara.gleicher@beaumont.org for more information.

May 14, 2017

New data reveals health disparities in Dearborn

New data never before available shows stark health disparities in Dearborn. Released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, census-tract data shows that residents in east and south Dearborn suffer high rates of chronic disease, asthma and overall poor health. Healthy Dearborn coalition members are now engaged in finding ways to address these serious health inequities. Find out how you can join us - contact Sara Gleicher at (313) 378-7052 or email: sara.gleicher@beaumont.org. 

June 11, 2023

Celebrate Health and Longevity by Biking!

It is not surprising that biking is good for everyone's health! Just a few of its benefits:

* Biking burns an average of 540 calories per hour

* The average person loses 13 pounds in the first year of commuting by bike

* If the average person biked to work or shopping once every two weeks instead of driving, we could
   prevent the pollution of close to one billion gallons of gasoline from entering the atmosphere every

* Bicycling just 20 miles per week reduces women's risk of heart disease by 50%

* Women who walk or bike 30 minutes per day had a lower rate of breast cancer

* 42% of American women say "people to bike with"would encourage them to ride more.

Bike - and walk - with your neighbors, family and friends every Wednesday - check out the Healthy Dearborn Walk & Rolls!

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