Hawthorn Woods Named Third Best City for Fit Lifestyles in Illinois for 2020

HAWTHORN WOODS, Ill. – The Village of Hawthorn Woods has been named the Third Best City for Fit Lifestyles in Illinois for 2020, according to BarBend.com, a leading health, wellness and fitness website.

The site developed a “Fit Score” for 50 Illinois municipalities based upon eleven criteria, such as population, obesity rate, exercise opportunities and access to healthy foods. The site rated Hawthorn Woods 84.05, which was preceded by Long Grove, which place first, with a score of 84.75 and Lake Forest which scored 84.08 in the second slot.

Barbend ranked several other nearby suburbs in the Top 50:

  • Lake Zurich – 81.95 (#13)
  • Vernon Hills – 81.43 (#15)
  • Mundelein – Score 81.0 (#25)

“The Village of Hawthorn Woods recognizes the relationship between parks, recreation, and fitness for our residents of all ages and abilities. During this worldwide pandemic, our parks and nature preserves have become an essential part of a physical and mental health lifestyle. Hawthorn Woods is proud to be recognized as a leading community prioritizing health and wellness,” said Pamela O. Newton, Hawthorn Woods chief operating officer. 

Hawthorn Woods was recently designated an International Dark Sky Community by the International Dark-Sky Association and has won numerous awards through its participation in the America in Bloom initiative, including National Champion in 2018 and 2019 for its population category.

By Margo Pelak

Margo Pelak is founder and managing editor of the Local Newsreader, which covers hyper-local news in Hawthorn Woods, Lake Zurich and Mundelein. She resides in Hawthorn Woods with her husband Dennis and two wild beasts named Ladybug and Juney P.

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