Live Well Streator
Volunteers and community leaders from Streator and surrounding areas created the Live Well Streator initiative in March 2018 with collaboration from OSF HealthCare. Together, they are partnering to create a sustainable movement that will support the improvement of the health, wellness and strength of the community.
The Live Well Streator steering committee is comprised of twelve individuals from diverse backgrounds and Ellen Vogel, with OSF HealthCare, who serves as the program facilitator.
Steering Committe Members:
- Janette Strabala (chair), Heritage Operations Group
- Jack Dzuris (vice-chair), Streator Area Chamber of Commerce
- Rene Barr, Vactor Manufacturing
- Josh Biros, Streator Family YMCA
- Matthew Dean, US Foods
- Leslie Dougherty, LaSalle County Health Department
- Susan Glassman, University of Illinois Extension
- Mayor Jimmie Lansford, City of Streator
- Amy Jo Mascal, Streator Township High School
- Dr. Lisa Parker, Streator Elementary School District 44
- Julie Ramza, Streator Drugs
Partnering to create a sustainable movement that will support the improvement of the health, wellness and strength of the community.
To inspire a strong, coordinated and engaged community that empowers residents to live a healthier lifestyle by
- Creating partnerships for healthy living
- Building awareness & providing resources
- Coordinating healthy choice initiatives
Key Priorities & Action Teams
The Live Well Streator steering committee is focusing on building awareness about community resources and creating new partnerships that support healthy living. While healthy living could mean a number of things, the steering team worked to determine which areas of focus could enact the greatest amount of positive change for the community.
After reviewing population data, they narrowed their priorities and invited additional community partners to participate in three action teams. Matthew Dean of US Foods has been named the leader of the Healthy Eating Action Team. Josh Biros of the Streator Family YMCA is the leader of the Activity Action Team. And Streator Fire Department Chief Gary Bird has been named the leader of the Opioid Use Disorder Action Team.
While the groups are new and finding their footing, they’ve already got a few end goals in sight – albeit 5-10 years down the road:
- An increased percentage of residents who eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day
- 45 percent of Streator residents at a healthy weight by the year 2025
- A reduction in opioid usage and overdose.
Want to learn more? Contact Ellen Vogel at Ellen.M.Vogel@osfhealthcare.org or by calling (815) 673-4528.