GO WAUKEGAN is a community movement designed to increase community health through activity, education and collaboration. 


Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy challenges people of all ages and stages of life to walk at least 30 minutes each day. Inspired by Murthy’s challenge, the Waukegan Park District has partnered with the Lake County Health Department on its county-wide initiative to improve the health of Lake County residents by enhancing and increasing the shared experience of walking.


The first stage of the GO WAUKEGAN movement is simple – encourage everyone in our community to walk at least 30 minutes a day. Take your daily walk in your neighborhood or at a park/trail of your choice, by yourself or with a neighbor – the main purpose is to get moving!


  • Improves mood
  • Helps maintain a healthy weight
  • Strengthens bones and muscles
  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Helps manage heart disease, high blood pressure and type two diabetes
  • Improves sleep
  • Slows mental decline associated with aging


Anyone can get involved in GO WAUKEGAN simply by walking for 30 minutes a day! Here are a few ideas if you’d like to take it a step further:

  • Invite your family, friends and neighbors to join you for regular walks in your neighborhood or at a park/trail of your choice.
  • Wear your GO WAUKEGAN t-shirt when you’re out walking and if anyone asks about the shirt, tell them about GO WAUKEGAN.
  • Organize a weekly “Walking Wednesday” event and invite everyone in your neighborhood to walk together.
  • Snap a selfie next time you’re walking and submit it to Josue Pasillas for a chance to be featured on the Waukegan Park District’s Facebook or Instagram page.
  • Do you have other ideas to spread the word? Go for it! We need community support for this community health movement to be successful.


Event Date Time Location
Glow Walk Wednesday, September 15 7pm to 8pm Bevier Park
2021 George Bridges 5K Run/Walk Saturday, September 18 9am to 11am Hinkston Park
Zombie Walk Saturday, October 23 9am to 10am Hinkston Park
Winter Wonder Walk Saturday, December 4 6pm to 7pm Jack Benny Plaza



If you’re interested in getting involved or have any questions, please contact Shelby McDonald  or 847-782-3628.



GO WAUKEGAN Walk at Hinkston Park
GO WAUKEGAN Walk at Hinkston Park