LITTLE VILLAGE — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is set to open a new wellness hub aimed at promoting health and wellness in Little Village.
Blue Door Neighborhood Center, 2551 W. Cermak Road, will span 9,000 square feet and offer low impact fitness classes, one-on-one appointments with health educators and health literacy classes, including managing diabetes and healthy eating.
The new center, which is expected to open in the fall, will also offer a community room for local nonprofits with a mission of creating healthier communities.
Services will be open to non-Blue Cross and Blue Shield Illinois members.
The Little Village location will be the third in the city. The first location was opened in Pullman in 2019. A Morgan Park location will open this summer.
“We’re expanding our reach on a hyperlocal level to meet people where they are,” Steve Hamman, president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, said in a statement.
“By going into neighborhoods, we’re working to address issues that directly impact the health and wellness of all residents – not just our members. We’re looking to improve public health in a way that reflects our longstanding commitment to our local communities,” he added.
Since opening in Pullman in April, the center has attracted nearly 3,500 visitors, the company said in a statement.
“Our model is to learn and adapt, and we use the feedback from our visitors to introduce programs and services that are most impactful for the people we serve,” Laron Taylor, director of the Blue Door Neighborhood Center, said in a statement.
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