March into Health

Our signature event is March into Health, a month-long offering of free events, activities and educational sessions put on by our partner organizations – all focused on helping our local residents adopt healthier lifestyles.

2019 March into Health Flyer

2019 Events

March 2 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Kickoff event featuring Wendy & DB Interactive Family Concert

Celebrate healthy fun for the whole family:

  • Cooking demo and tasting with Chef Doug from Tarragon Catering
  • Fresh Market fresh fruit giveaway and roaming fruit juggler
  • Kids crafts and activities
  • VNA Mobile Health Clinic will be present to provide free blood pressure, diabetes and BMI screenings

Free tickets to the Wendy & DB Interactive Family Concert will be distributed at the Activate Elgin lobby table from 1 – 3 pm.

March 1 – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Rethinking March Madness: Revolutionizing Healthy Living

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. Elgin Community College Building B, 1700 Spartan Dr

March 1 – Noon – 1:30 pm – U-46’s Wellness Fest

Fun activities for all ages. Discover new skills and good habits to achieve personal, academic and social success. Research shows that good nutrition and physical activity before, during and after the school day is strongly correlated with positive student
outcomes. Enjoy use of the Centre for the day; this event is free and open to the community.
Partners: The Department of Food and Nutrition Services, U-46 Wellness Committee, Elgin Parks and Recreation and Activate Elgin. Held at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way

March 2 – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Kane County Medical Reserve Corps

Learn personal and family preparedness techniques, lifesaving skills during emergency and ways you can join the KCMRC.
Presenter: KCMRC is a volunteer agency aimed to support health and safety of local communities. Please register: Online at, over the phone at 847-429-4597 or in person.

March 2 – 10:30 am – Noon – Chamber Music on the Fox – Dancing Animals

All ages. Join us for a morning of music and movement featuring Camille Saint-Saens’ delightful suite, “The Carnival of the Animals.” Cellist Sara Sitzer and french hornist Kelly Langenberg of Chamber Music on the Fox will explore musical concepts of rhythm, form, and sound production, and Dr. Kelly Stokes of the Salt Creek Ballet will teach participants a dance to accompany the live music. Please register: Online at, over the phone at 847-429-4597 or in person. Gail Borden Public Main Library 270 N. Grove Ave

March 4 – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Healthy Travels Lunch & Learn

Calling all seniors! Join us on a journey to discover healthy lifestyles from around the world with a Fit & Strong program with Senior Services’ Mini Vazquez and Gail Borden’s Tales and Travels program. Free healthy lunch provided. Senior Services Associates, Inc, 205 Fulton St. Please register: 847-741-0404

March 6 – 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Family Zumba @ Epic Air

All ages. Join us for a heart-pumping Zumba class. Free of charge. Please register at This program is full.

Mondays and Wednesdays in March 6:30 – 7:30 pm – ZUMBA at Taylor Family YMCA

Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms for a calorie-burning, heart-racing, muscle-pumping and body-energizing class. You can burn between 500 and 1000 calories per class! Taylor Family YMCA, 50 N. McLean Blvd

March 7 – 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Preschool Healthy Storytime & Craft

Preschoolers with a caregiver. Enjoy a healthy storytime with a Gail Borden Public Library ReaderShip storyteller followed by a craft. Greater Elgin Family Care Center, 373 Summit St

March 7 – 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Spring Cleaning Your Pantry: Food Safety

Shake off the cobwebs of winter! Spring is the ideal time to give your kitchen a healthy remodel beginning with your fridge and pantry. Please register: Call 847-622-2080 or email AMITA Health N.E.W. You Center, 77 N. Airlite St

March 10 – 11:00 am – 1:30 pm – Kickstart Your Garden!

Learn how to create a sustainable garden using conservation practices and talk to local organizations about native landscaping and gardening.  For tickets, click hereForest Preserves of Cook County Rolling Knolls, 11N260 Rohrssen Rd

March 11 – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Dairies to Prairies – Film and Discussion

View this feature-length documentary telling a nearly forgotten story about Elgin’s first wealth, the dairy industry, and how land use and agriculture are changing rapidly in  Kane County. This documentary film is created by The Elgin History Museum and  Grindstone Productions in combination with a traveling exhibit; the exhibit will not be present at this showing. •
Please register: Online at, over the phone at 847-429-4597 or in person. Gail Borden Public Main Library 270 N. Grove Ave

March 11 – 10:00 am – Noon – Growing with Farmer Pam

Show kids where food comes from, and learn how to grow it yourself with easy-to-follow demonstration of how to plant various seeds. Kids will get to keep their seed pots. Please register: Online at, over the
phone at 847-429-4597 or in person. Gail Borden Public Library South Elgin Branch, 127 S. McLean Blvd, South Elgin

March 12 – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Elgin Alive Murky Waters: Understanding Drinking Water Issues in Our Region

We turn on faucets dozens of times a day without pausing to consider the questions that millions of people around the world worry about: Do we have enough? Is it clean? Will it endure? Learn about the current state and issues concerning our future regional and local drinking water supply from a panel of experts in water resource management. Please register: Online at, over the phone at 847-429-4597 or in person. Partner: Elgin Community Network. Gail Borden Public Main Library 270 N. Grove Ave

March 13 – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – 270 Teens: Sushi Demo and Tasting with Chef Doug

Grades 9 – 12. Learn how to roll your own sushi with Master Chef Doug Yeomans of Tarragon Catering. Please register: Online at, over the phone at 847-429-4597 or in person.  Gail Borden Public Main Library 270 N. Grove Ave

March 13 – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Latin Dancing

Stay healthy, stay in shape and come dance! Learn and practice salsa and bachata dance moves with dance instructor Elizabeth Sotelo. In English and Spanish. Please register at, call 847-429-4597 or in person at any library location  Gail Borden Public Main Library 270 N. Grove Ave

March 14 – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Healthy Living: Small Business EXPO & Preschool Story Time

Spring into a healthier, happier life! Visit informational tables and listen to keynote speakers to create healthy habits. Healthy toddlers story hour. Elgin Community College Building B, 1700 Spartan Dr

March 14 – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (English) 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (En Español) – Kickin’ Asthma

Asthma is the most common chronic disorder in childhood. This session will teach you about the causes of youth asthma, its symptoms and triggers, proper use of medications, and asthma support for proper management. Refreshments, prizes and giveaways. Hosted by: The Christopher D. Redding Youth Asthma Foundation. Sponsored by: The Hoffman Estates Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. • Gail Borden Public Main Library 270 N. Grove Ave

March 16 – 8:00 am – Noon – Rx Nutrition: Let Food Be Thy Medicine

Learn how to eliminate processed foods and fast foods from our SAD (Standard American Diet) and replace them with whole foods while on a budget. Hear the latest scientific data and watch a healthy food demo by an award-winning nutritionist. Sponsors: CHEF(Community Harvest Educational Foundation) & Elgin Community College. Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Dr. This program is full.

March 16 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – #HealthyMe Interactive Annual Family Festival

#HealthyMe is a showcase event for youth and their families highlighting the importance of physical activity, healthy eating, and child safety. Attendees will find a variety of information and resources from vendors and live demonstrations on topics important for families. Sponsors: The Hoffman Estates (IL) Chapter of The Links, Inc, Gail Borden Public Library and Create, Innovate, IGNITE!  Gail Borden Public Library Main Branch Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Ave

March 19 – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Judson Community Health & Wellness Fair

This program invites the community to enter into a time of focused health and wellness through exhibits, guest presentations, stories, raffles and fun. Enjoy the intergenerational experience with vendors and local agencies. Judson University Lindner Fitness Center, 1151 N. State St.

March 19 – 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm -Curves Open House

Drop in for a free strength-training workout, healthy refreshments and information about the benefits of exercise, especially for women! Curves, 359 S. Randall Rd.

March 19 – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Healthy Lifestyle

Adults. Learn tips and techniques that you can use for mental health self-care. This session will address sexual health wellbeing. A light dinner will be served and goody bag will be given Open Door Health Center, 1665 Larkin Ave.

March 20 – 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Plant-Based Eating in a Carnivore World

Plant-based eating is gaining popularity and it can impact your health. Learn how to ease into this healthier and flexible style and drop the “all or nothing” approach. Take home tasty recipes to start your new routine. AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital, Diabetes Classroom-Outpatient Entrance 2.

March 20 – 9:00 am – 10:30 am – Full Moon Ride: Elgin Bike Hub

It’s the monthly Elgin full moon ride. Join us for this social, moderately-paced night ride for a few miles throughout the core neighborhoods of Elgin. Reminder: Illinois State law requires bike riders to have a clear light on the front and a red reflector or a red light on the back for night time riding. That would be the minimum attempt for safety, so let’s all be easy to see on the street. Meet at Advocate Park 179 E. Chicago St.

March 22 – 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Soccer and a Snack

Ages 5 – 13. Play on the indoor soccer field and learn how to prepare your own healthy snacks. Please inform us of any food allergies at time of registration. Email Courtney Suffredin at to register. Eastside Recreation Center  ERC, 1080 E. Chicago St

March 23 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – YMCA Stress & Wellness Workshop

Discover stress management and wellness tips to keep you happy and healthy this season. Presenter: Kelly Wemken, Community Wellness Coordinator with the Taylor Family YMCA.  Gail Borden Public Main Library Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Ave

March 24 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Elgin Bike Ride: Elgin Bike Hub

Friendly for ages 8 – 80. Explore Elgin by bike and get to know your city and your neighbors! We’ll ride low-stress routes for 3 – 5 miles. We will be using a mix of off-street and on-street routes. EAch rider will be responsible for his/her own behavior as a street user. We will try to provide helpful guidance and leadership as we ride.  Meet at Festival Park

March 26 – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Spring Breakout Adventures

All ages. Calling all families, friends, schools and youth organizations! Break out from the winter cold and join us during your Spring Break. Explore all that this unique 56-acre preserve has to offer, including archery, biodiversity exploration, guided hikes, fishing and orienteering. You can also master your Frisbee technique with our 18-hole disc golf course. All equipment provided. Registration required for groups of 20 or more.  Rolling Knolls, 11N260 Rohrssen Rd

March 27 – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Duke Otherwise

Skilled guitarist and captivating tap-dancer, Duke Otherwise delights all ages with hilarious songs and an array of tunes. Please register, over the phone at 847-429-4597 or in person. Gail Borden Public Main Library Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Ave

March 28 – 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm – BTS Sing-Along Dance Party

Grades 6-12. BTS fans – you’re invited to a party! Sing and dance along to your favorite songs. Gail Borden Public Main Library Elgin Room, 270 N. Grove Ave

March 30 – CHEF Seminars These programs are full.

10 amBuying Healthy Food on a Budget Seminar by Chef Annette Licitra, Integrative Health Coach

11 amPreparing Healthy & Fun Snacks Demo by Chefs Dalila Gonzalez and Ryan Waesche

NoonChair Yoga for All Ages led by Yoga Master Boontiva Truong-Quang

Explore the connection between eating healthy food, exercising and how to do it on a budge. For those attending all 3 sessions: receive a free acupressure Yoga mat (value $50). Attendees must be at least 12 years old. Attendees under 19 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Registration is required for each session; each class is limited to 15 people. Please register, over the phone at 847-429-4597 or in person. Gail Borden Rakow Branch, 2751 W. Bowes Rd

Sábado 2 de marzo  1 – 4 pm Inauguración de March into Health ¡Marcha hacia la salud!

La clínica móvil de VNA estará en la biblioteca para proveer exámenes de diabetes, de la presión y de masa corporal gratis. Biblioteca Principal Gail Borden Estacionamiento 270 N. Grove Ave.

Sábado 9 de marzo 3 – 4 pm Café de los Recuerdos: Nuestros Maravillosos Años  

Una oportunidad para compartir con las personas de la tercera edad en familia y comunidad. Traiga fotos de sus mejores memorias para recordar y compartir, y reciba consejos para ejercitar y fortalecer su cerebro. Habrá café de olla y panes dulces. Abierto a las personas de la tercera edad y sus cuidadores.

Regístrese: Tres maneras: en línea en • por teléfono 847-429-4597 • en persona Biblioteca Principal Gail Borden Cuarto de la Communidad C

270 N. Grove Ave.


13 de marzo  6 – 7 pm Baile Latino

¡Mantente saludable y en forma, ven a bailar! Ven a aprender y practicar algunos pasos de salsa y bachata con la instructora Elizabeth Sotelo. Biblioteca Principal Gail Borden Cuartos de la Communidad 270 N. Grove Ave.

14 de marzo  7 – 8pm Combatiendo el Asma

Aprende sobre las causas y síntomas del asma en los niños, el uso apropiado de medicamentos, y recursos disponibles. Habrá refrigerios, premios y regalos.

The Christopher D. Redding Youth Asthma Foundation and The Hoffman Estates Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.Biblioteca Principal Gail Borden 270 N. Grove Ave.

21 de marzo  5:30 – 7 pm  Estilo de Vida Saludable


Acompáñanos en una sesión para adultos dirigida por Open Door Center, para orientar y aprender técnicas que puedes utilizar para una buena salud mental. En esta plática se destacará y subrayará el bienestar de la salud sexual. Se proveerán aperitivos y una bolsa con obsequios para las personas que asisten a esta charla. Open Door Health Center 1665 Larkin Ave.

21 de marzo  6 – 7 pm  Cuentos Sobre la Salud y Manualidades Para Niños Pequeños

Un evento con cuentos y manualidades saludables para niños pequeños en español. Greater Elgin Family Care Center 373 Summit St.