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Activate Elgin presents over 20 free community health programs throughout the Elgin area for all ages to celebrate National Nutrition Month this March. Attend one, or all, free programs and enter for a chance to win a 2018 Bike from Spin Doctor Cyclewerks, Golf Package for 4 to The Highlands Golf Course, personal training at the YMCA, a Curves membership, Family summer swim pass from Elgin Parks and Recreation or an Epic Air Family Jump package. 


Activate Elgin 



Featuring CircEsteem Family Performance and Interactive Circus! 

March into Health Kickoff

Saturday, March 3     1 – 3:30 pm
Main Library

Fun and Interactive for the whole family:
Chef Doug from Tarragon Catering cooking demo and tasting, fruit juggling and crafts
• CircEsteem Family Performance and Interactive Circus Fun
Free tickets distributed at the Activate Elgin table in the Main Lobby from 1 – 2:30 pm
Fresh Market fresh fruit giveaway

**Attend this kickoff and be entered for a chance to win $100 Aldi giftcard, Lunch for 4 at McAlister’s Deli, or a $50 Epic Air gift cards! Event prize winners announced at 3:30 pm.**





Events at the Library 

Film & Discussion Series 

A 30-minute Great Courses film followed 
by discussion on raising healthy kids.

Developing Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence
Monday, March 5     6:30 – 7:30 pm
Gail Borden Public Library Rakow Branch
2751 W. Bowes Rd., Elgin 60124

Teaching Kids to Care - the Roots of Empathy 
Monday, March 12     6:30 – 7:30 pm
Gail Borden Public Library Rakow Branch
2751 W. Bowes Rd., Elgin 60124

Growing Up Social in a Digital Age 
Monday, March 19     6:30 – 7:30 pm
Gail Borden Public Library Rakow Branch
2751 W. Bowes Rd., Elgin 60124


Wellness Tips for Healthy Kicks

Tuesday, March 6     6 – 7 pm
Gail Borden Public Library South Elgin Branch
127 S. McLean Blvd., South Elgin 60177

For parents of young athletes. Joyce Lande of Happy and Healthy Lifestyles shares how packing healthy snacks is an easy way to stay focused on good health habits.  R 


Eco-Healthy Families

Saturday, March 10     10:30 – 11:30 am
Gail Borden Public Library Rakow Branch
Rakow - Living Room

Enjoy games, music, stories and a craft for building healthy and environmentally-friendly families.  R 


Healthy ME Family Interactive Festival

Saturday, March 10     2 – 4 pm
Gail Borden Public Library Main Library
Meadows Community Rooms

Yoga, crafts, stories, healthy snacks and healthy tips for the whole family. Sponsors: The Hoffman Estates (IL) Chapter of The Links, Inc., Gail Borden Public Library and Create, Innovate, IGNITE!


Healthy Cooking Demo

Friday, March 16     3:30 – 4:30 pm
Gail Borden Public Library Rakow Branch
Rakow - Living Room 

Learn healthy cooking ideas and reduce fat in meals with an air fryer demonstration.  R 


Worm Composting for Families

Saturday, March 17     2 – 3 pm
Gail Borden Public Library Main Library
Story Room - South

Reduce food waste and build soils with the Worm Kings. Sponsors: Worm Kings & Shared Harvest.  R 


Grow Your Own Salad

Monday, March 26     10:30 – 11:30 am
Gail Borden Public Library South Elgin Branch
South Elgin - Hoffer Room

Grades K-6. Ready! Set! Grow! Join Farmer Pam with Shared Harvest to start growing your seeds in a mini-greenhouse.  R 


March Into Health Family Fun Fair - Featuring The Rope Warrior!

Monday, March 26     1:30 pm – 4 pm
Gail Borden Public Library Main Library
Meadows Community Rooms

Discover ways that your whole family can stay active and healthy by visiting various Elgin-area organizations with information and class opportunities. Featuring a performance by the world record-holding Rope Warrior, who has been performing his interactive and visually entertaining jump rope show all over the world for 25 years!


Financial Health and Stress Reduction 101

Wednesday, March 28     6 – 7 pm
Gail Borden Public Library Main Library 
Elgin Room

Join KCT Credit Union to explore ways to reduce stress by taking a hold of stressful financial conditions. Learn financial tips and mindfulness tricks that bring peace of mind and confidence. Healthy snacks provided. 


Health & Wellness Apps

Wednesday, March 28     5 – 6:30 pm
Gail Borden Public Library Main Library 
Computer Training Room

Learn about some of the best health and wellness apps for nutrition, fitness, medical information, personal care and more. Event cancelled.


Community Health and Preparedness

Thursday, March 29     6:30 – 8:30 pm
Gail Borden Public Library Main Library 
Elgin Room

Learn helpful necessities to keep your family healthy and safe in the event of a public health emergency. Sponsor: Kane County Medical Reserve Corps


Walk-n-Hop to SEBA Park

Friday, March 30     Noon – 1 pm
Gail Borden Public Library South Elgin Branch

Starting at at the South Elgin Branch. Join library and village staff as we “March into Health” strolling down Spring Street for a treat at SEBA Park. 


 R = Registration Required ▪ Three ways to register ▪ Online ▪ Call 847-429-4597 ▪ In Person   


Events Outside of the Library

ZUMBA at Taylor Family YMCA

Tuesdays and Wednesdays in March     6:30 – 7:30 pm
50 N. McLean Blvd., Elgin IL 60123

Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms for a calorie-burning, heart-racing, muscle-pumping and body-energizing class. You can burn between 500-1000 calories per class!

Rethinking March Madness: Revolutionizing Healthy Living

Thursday, March 1     10 am – 1 pm
Various Locations throughout Elgin Community College Building B 
1700 Spartan Dr., Elgin 60123

Get back on track with your New Year’s resolution to have a healthier, happier life! Visit informational tables and listen to keynote speakers to learn more about health wellness and creating healthy habits. Presented as part of ECC’s Women’s History Month celebration and in conjunction with Activate Elgin.

U-46 Wellness Fest

Friday, March 2     11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Centre of Elgin
100 Symphony Way, Elgin 60120

Learn a holistic approach to wellness along with The Eight Dimensions of Wellness, including Physical, Social, Inner, Intellectual, Occupational, Environmental, Emotional and Mental. Featuring chair-dominals by Dr. Sweat. Games and prizes for all attendees. Partners: The Department of Food and Nutrition Services, U-46 Wellness Committee, Elgin Parks & Recreation and Activate Elgin.

Please register:

Family Zumba @ Epic Air

Wednesday, March 7     6 – 7 pm
Epic Air Trampoline Park
1675 N. Lancaster Rd., South Elgin 60177

Have fun and get movin’ during this free, all-ages ZUMBA class with Lisa Stepson. Dress comfortably. Optional Add On: Jump at Epic Air from 7 – 8 pm for only $6 per person! Bring Epic Air Grip socks for jumping.

Please register:

Kickstart Your Garden! 

Sunday, March 11     11 am – 1:30 pm
Forest Preserves of Cook County
Rolling Knolls, 11N260 Rohrssen Rd., Elgin 60120

Get healthy this Spring with gardening! Learn about Conservation@Home and how you can be a part of it, sustainable gardening practices, native landscaping and visit with vendors from local clubs and organizations.

Strategies to Rev Up Your Weight Loss Efforts

Tuesday, March 13     5:30 – 6:30 pm
Presence Saint Joseph Hospital
77 N. Airlite St., Elgin - Diabetes Classroom-Outpatient Entrance 2

Get going with your New Year’s goals with these strategies—sure to get the scale moving downward again!

Please register: 847-622-2095

Curves Open House

Thursday, March 15     9:30 am – 12:30 pm
359 S. Randall Rd., Elgin 60124

Drop in for a free strength training session, healthy refreshments and information about the benefits of exercise--especially for women--that will make “Marching into Health” a breeze!

Food & Fitness Concerns

Thursday, March 15     5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Presence Saint Joseph Hospital - St. Luke Room
77 N. Airlite St., Elgin 60123

Obesity and diseases and conditions related to being overweight and out-of-shape are on the rise. Learn how to improve your eating habits and receive exercise ideas that anyone can do from home.

Please register:

Wellness Fair 

Thursday, March 20     11 am – 1pm
Judson University Lindner Fitness Center
1151 N. State St., Elgin 60120

Join us for a time of health, wellness, fun and education, hosted by ESS Students!

Healthy Travels Lunch & Learn

Wednesday, March 7     10:30 am – 12:30 pm
101 S Grove Ave., Elgin 60120

Calling all seniors to join Gail Borden’s Tales and Travel on a journey to Greece--the birthplace of the Olympics--with light exercise with Mini and a demo and activity. Free healthy lunch provided. Sponsor: Senior Services Associates, Inc.

Please register: 847-741-0404

Spring Breakout Adventures

Tuesday, March 27     11 am – 2 pm
Rolling Knolls, 11N260 Rohrssen Rd., Elgin 60120

Come out and try your hand at all this unique, 56-acre preserve has to offer, with archery, staff-led hikes to explore the biodiversity, fishing, an orienteering course or trying out your frisbee-throwing on our 18-hole disc 
golf course.



Eventos en español 

Inauguración de March into Health (¡Marcha hacia la salud!)

Sábado 3 de marzo     1 – 3:30 pm
Biblioteca Pública Gail Borden 

¡Presentando una función familiar por CircEsteem y diversiones de circo interactivas! Chef Doug de Tarragon Catering tomará parte en una demostración de cocina y prueba de comida, habrá malabarismo de frutas, artesanías y obsequio de frutas frescas de Fresh Market! Los boletos para CircEsteem se distribuyeran en la mesa de Activate Elgin de la 1 a las 2:30 pm.

Tendrá la oportunidad de entrar a una rifa para ganar una tarjeta de regalo de Aldi de $100 o una tarjeta de Epic Air de $50.

Festival de Bienestar con U-46 y el Dr. Sweat

Viernes 2 de marzo     Noon – 1 pm
Centre of Elgin • 100 Symphony Way, Elgin 60124

El Departamento de Servicios de Alimentos y Nutrición en conjunto con el Comité de Bienestar de U-46 y el Centro de Elgin para el “Festival de Bienestar”.

Por favor regístrese con:

ZUMBA en Taylor Family YMCA

Todos los martes y miércoles en marzo     6:30 - 7:30 pm
50 N. McLean Blvd., Elgin, 60123

Zumba es una mezcla de ritmos latinos y ejercicios aeróbicos diseñados para quemar calorías, acelerar su corazón y desarrollar fortaleza y flexibilidad corporal. ¡Puede quemar entre 500-1000 calorías por clase!


Tome Control de su Diabetes: Primera clase de una serie de 6 semanas 

Sábado 17 de marzo     10 am - 1 pm
Biblioteca Pública Gail Borden 

Si tiene diabetes, vive con alguien que tiene diabetes o ha sido diagnosticado con prediabetes, esta clase le brindará la ayuda que necesita. Hable con médicos, un nutricionista y otros proveedores de atención médica del Hospital Sherman. Encuentre maneras útiles de controlar su dolor y fatiga, descubra maneras de tomar decisiones nutricionales más inteligentes. Reciba recursos para controlar mejor su diabetes y cree planes de acción paso a paso para mejorar su salud y su vida. Habrá actividades para niños.

Por favor regístrese con: Paola Velazquez al 224-783-2398. Presentado por el Hospital Advocate Sherman en español.




Grand Prizes! 

Prize opportunities at all events! Grand Prize winners will be notified by April 20.

  • 2018 Giant Escape Bike from Spin Doctor Cyclewerks
  • Golf Package for 4 to The Highlands Golf Course
  • Personal training at the YMCA
  • Curves membership
  • Family Summer Swim Pass from Elgin Parks and Recreation
  • Jump and Promotional Package for 4 to Epic Air Trampoline Park
  • Cook County Forest Preserve Family Camping package for 6 or Canoe package for 8




This event is made possible by the generous support of the following partners & sponsors...names are not final.

Advocate Sherman Hospital Aldi Create Innovate Ignite Curves 
Elgin Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee  Elgin Community Network  Elgin Dental Associates Elgin Fresh Market 
 City of Elgin Parks & Recreation  Epic Air Fit for Kids Forest Preserves of Cook County 
GBPL Greater Elgin Family Care Center In the Neighborhood Deli Judson University 
 Kane County Health Department KCT Credit Union  The Links Incorporated McAlister's Deli 
NIU  Presence Saint Joseph Hospital  Shared Harvest  Spin Doctor 
Terragon Catering  U-46 School District  Well Child Center  YMCA