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Get Up & Go! Neighborhoods

What is a Get Up & Go! Neighborhood?

It’s a neighborhood that deliberately sets out to improve access to healthy foods and active lifestyles for residents.

Get Up & Go! Neighborhoods

Signal Hill

  • Created a community garden on a vacant lot
  • Succeeded in getting Safe Routes to School funding to improve paths and sidewalks so more children can safely walk and bike to school
  • Worked with the school and city to build a new bike trail

Pleasant Hill

  • Turned a city-owned lot into a neighborhood park next to a Senior Citizens Center, complete with a trail and bike rack
  • Worked closely with a local food pantry

17th Street Neighborhood Association

  • Has a community garden in collaboration with church
  • Held health and wellness workshops

Ogles Neighborhood Association

  • Holds food drives with neighborhood church
  • Conducts an annual 5K run/ walk (there are now two annual 5ks in their neighborhood)

Hexumbukel Neighborhood

  • Raised money to help with trail improvements near neighborhood
  • Worked with Farmer’s Market to get healthy food for a local food pantry


What to do

Would your neighborhood like to be a Get Up & Go! Neighborhood? This is what you need to do:

  • Get a group of neighbors together who want to work to improve your neighborhood
  • Do the Community Healthy Living Index (CHLI) for Neighborhoods
  • Review the CHLI results
Work on one strategy to promote healthy eating (for example, start a community garden or organize a food-cooperative)
Work on one strategy to promote active living (for example, improve a local playground or start a walking club)
Review progress after making these improvements

To learn more, contact Rita Boyd at rarras@siue.edu

Four West Belleville Neighborhoods
Working Toward Belleville200

The communities of Ogles, Signal Hill, Harmony, and Granvue in Belleville are working on new service projects as Belleville celebrates its 200th Anniversary.  To mark the bicentennial, Belleville is helping its residents to complete 200 service projects across the city.  From summer camps to sidewalk improvements, these communities have taken on this admirable challenge to improve their city.

Read more in the Belleville News-Democrat from Jaqueline Lee.

Check out upcoming Bicentennial events and projects here.

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