Patients in the Be Well-Lake County program, a comprehensive initiative to reduce the rising incidence of diabetes in Lake County, opened its gates Saturday to their North Chicago earth box garden, where they are growing fresh vegetables for themselves, their families and other diabetes patients in the community.
The vegetable garden is sponsored by Monsanto and the Illinois Corn Marketing Board.
The garden was established to pioneer a unique urban/rural partnership that will provide locally grown fresh produce to low-income communities throughout the greater Chicago area. The program is an integral part of the innovative Be Well-Lake County diabetes initiative developed by NorthShore University HealthSystem and the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center.
The garden is located adjacent to the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center, 2215 14th St., North Chicago.
Diabetes is one of our nation’s fastest growing health threats, affecting the lives of 23 million children and adults. If unmanaged, this deadly disease can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and amputations.
In Lake County, more than 7 percent of the adult population is diabetic. To address this rising epidemic in low income communities, NorthShore University HealthSystem and the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center developed Be Well-Lake County.