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.
March 3 – 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Kickoff event featuring CircEsteem Family Performance
Fun and interactive for the whole family:
- Chef Doug from Tarragon Catering cooking demo and tasting, fruit juggling and crafts
- CirEsteem Family Performance and Interactive Circus Fun
- Free tickets distributed at the Activate Elgin table in the Main Lobby from 1 pm – 2:30 pm
- Fresh Market fresh fruit giveaways.
- Enter for a chance to win $100 Aldi gift card, Lunch for 4 at McAlister’s Deli or a $50 Epic Air gift card. Event prize winners announced at 3:30 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 2 – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – U-46’s The Eight Dimensions of Wellness
Participants will learn about the Holistic Approach to Wellness as we explore the following Eight Dimensions of Wellness:
- Inner Wellness
- Physical Wellness
- Mental Wellness
- Emotional Wellness
- Social Wellness
- Occupational Wellness
- Environmental Wellness
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. Held at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way
Mondays – 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Film & Discussion Series
A 30-minute Great Courses film followed by discussion on raising healthy kids. Please register: Online at gailborden.info/register, over the phone at 847-429-4597 or in person at any library location. Gail Borden Public Library Rakow Branch, 2751 W. Bowes Rd
3/5 – Developing your Child’s Emotional Intelligence
3/12 – Teaching Kids to Care – The Roots of Empathy
3/19 – Growing Up Social in a Digital Age
March 6 – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Wellness Tips for Healthy Kids
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.
Please register: online at gailborden.info/register, over the phone at 847-429-4597 or in person at any library location. Gail Borden Public Library South Elgin Branch, 127 S. McLean Blvd, South Elgin
March 7 – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm – Healthy Travels Lunch & Learn
Calling all seniors to join Gail Borden’s Tales & Travel on a journey to Greece – the birthplace of the Olympics – with Fit & Strong exercise with Mini and a Swooshball demo and activity. Free healthy lunch provided. Senior Services Associates, Inc., 205 Fulton St.
Please register: 847-741-0404
March 7 – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Family Zumba @ Epic Air
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.
Tuesdays 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! www.taylorymca.org
Taylor Family YMCA, 50 N. McLean Blvd
March 10 – 10:30 am – 11:30 am – Eco-Healthy Families
Enjoy games, music, stories and a craft for building healthy and environmentally friendly families. Please register at gailborden.info/register, call 847-429-4597 or in person at any library location. Gail Borden Public Library Rakow Branch, 2751 W. Bowes Rd
March 10 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Healthy ME Family Interactive Festival
Yoga, crafts, stories, healthy snacks and healthy tips for the whole family. Sponsors: The Hoffman Estates Chapter of The Links, Inc., Gail Borden Public Library and Create, Innovate, IGNITE! Gail Borden Public Library Main Branch, 270 N. Grove Ave
March 11 – 11:00 am – 1:30 pm – Kickstart Your Garden!
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. Please register here. Forest Preserves of Cook County Rolling Knolls, 11N260 Rohrssen Rd
March 13, – 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Strategies to Rev Up Your Weight-loss Efforts
Get going with your New Year’s goals with these strategies – sure to get the scale moving downward again! Please register: Susan.Peterson@presencehealth.org or 847-622-2095. Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, 77 N. Airlite St, Diabetes Classroom-Outpatient Entrance 2
March 15 – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm – Curves Open House
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! Curves, 359 S. Randall Rd
March 15 – 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Food & Fitness Concerns
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: mailto:email@example.com Presence Saint Joseph Hospital – St. Luke Room, 77 N. Airlite
March 16 – 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Healthy Cooking Demo
Learn healthy cooking ideas and reduce fat in meals with an air fryer demonstration. Please register at gailborden.info/register, call 847-429-4597 or in person at any library location. Gail Borden Public Library Rakow Branch, 2751 W. Bowes Rd
March 17 – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Worm Composting for Families
Reduce food waste and build soils with the Worm Kings. Sponsors: Worm Kings & Shared Harvest. Please register at gailborden.info/register, call 847-429-4597 or in person at any library location. Gail Borden Public Library Main Library, 270 N. Grove Ave
March 20 – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Wellness Fair
Join us for a time of health, wellness, fun and education – hosted by ESS Students. Judson University Lindner Fitness Center, 1151 N. State St
March 26 – 10:30 am – 11:30 am – Grow Your Own Salad
Grades K-6. Ready! Set! Grow! Join Farmer Pam with Shared Harvest to start growing your seeds in a mini-greenhouse. Please register at gailborden.info/register, call 847-429-4597 or in person at any library location Gail Borden Public Library South Elgin Branch, 127 S. McLean Blvd, South Elgin
March 26 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – March Into Health Family Fun Fair – Featuring The Rope Warrior!
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! Gail Borden Public Library Main Library, 270 N. Grove Ave
March 27 – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Spring Breakout Adventures
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. Rolling Knolls, 11N260 Rohrssen Rd
March 28 – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Financial Health and Stress Reduction 101
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. Gail Borden Public Library Main Library, 270 N. Grove Ave
March 29 – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Community Health and Preparedness
Learn helpful necessities to keep your family healthy and safe in the event of a public health emergency. Presented by Kane County Medical Reserve Corps. Gail Borden Public Library Main Branch Grove Room, 270 N. Grove Ave
March 30 – Noon – 1:00 pm – Walk-n-Hop to SEBA Park
Join library and village staff as we “March into Health” strolling down Spring Street for a treat at SEBA Park. Please register at gailborden.info/register, call 847-429-4597 or in person at any library location Gail Borden Public Library South Elgin Branch, 127 S. McLean Blvd, South Elgin