Healthy Dearborn

Partnering for a Healthy Community

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Beaumont Health, City of Dearborn and Dearborn Public Schools are partnering with community members to create a culture of health in Dearborn through active living and healthy eating strategies.


Healthy Dearborn is proposing to conduct a pilot program to adapt some city streets to become “Shared Streets” to promote healthy lifestyles.

The Healthy Dearborn Story Map highlights the opportunities and challenges for Dearborn residents seeking a healthy lifestyle.

Did You Make a New Years Resolution to Eat Healthy? To Try New Things?

These Dearborn restaurants have it all, try our recommendations today!

Happy New Year! We are excited to start 2020 with so many exciting projects and goals for Healthy Dearborn and the Dearborn Community.

​This year we are challenging YOU to get active and eat healthy. 

To kick off your 2020 resolutions to get healthy, visit one of our healthy restaurant locations. The Healthy Restaurant initiative identifies restaurants that provide healthy dining options using criteria established by Healthy Dearborn.  

Take a look at our Healthy Restaurant list and the Program Criteria for healthy meal ideas! 

Learn More About Healthy Restaurants

Open Streets Dearborn 2019 was a first-ever event in Dearborn that shut down the streets for motorized vehicle traffic. This event was located on 3.5 miles of streets in the Southend of Dearborn on Vernor Highway and Holly Street. This opened the streets for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to walk, bike, and play. Three hubs hosted physical activities that community members could participate in, free of charge.

A vacant lot has been transformed into a play space with a mini soccer field, walking path, and an accessible play structure. A walking path was created in order to promote fitness. Benches and a picnic/game table that are ADA accessible provide respite and relaxation for elderly and/or parents watching their children. New shrubbery and large-growth trees have been planted to provide buffering for those living in adjacent houses, shade and for environmental mitigation of air pollution.

The Seed Library operates out of the Henry Ford Centennial Library. The Seed Library is self-serve, and patrons can visit the library to sign up and borrow/return seeds anytime the library is open. Seeds are in a designated cabinet, along with educational brochures, flyers and pamphlets. 

While running the Seed Library in this manner may lead to a marginal annual loss of seeds each year, the focus of the Seed Library is not to maintain a steady seed stock, but rather to encourage gardening and the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, in order to promote better health. Additionally, individuals can save a good deal of money by participating in seed sharing. There is no cost involved, so this allows for all community members, regardless of their socio-economic station, to participate, gain skills in gardening and benefit from the program. Participation in seed libraries also can lead to increased knowledge about nutrition and provide a greater understanding of food sources. By creating this seed sharing library, we hope to encourage community engagement and improve access to healthy foods. Please realize that the returned seeds have been grown by amateurs, and that there is no guarantee.

Walk n' Roll started in 2016

It is a community-based initiative to promote walking and bicycling for health, featuring weekly evening walk & rolls through Dearborn’s beautiful neighborhoods. More than 750 people participate each year. Another feature of it is the promotion of Dearborn’s nonprofits and small businesses; Walk n' Roll meet-ups are scheduled at different locations in Dearborn, alternating each week between locations on the east and west sides of the city.

Walk n' Roll runs from May to October each year.

Dearborn SHINES for Healthy Kids! is in collaboration with Wayne State University’s Center for Health and Community Impact, and proposes a whole child approach to address rising obesity rates among K-8 students. Activities include new edible gardens, new nutrition and enhanced physical education curriculum, after-school energizer clubs, monthly newsletters and family events. Other partners are University of Michigan-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center, school PTAs and ACCESS.

This was an eight- week program in 2019 which encouraged community members to get active through walking with a group. A group leader was chosen to lead a team in a walk at least once a week for an hour. The leader kept track of the distances that the group walked and then reported the data.

More than 100 walkers participated in walking an astounding 16,091.82 miles!