Emanuel unveils 12-point ‘Healthy Chicago’ plan

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has unveiled a 12-point plan aimed at improving the city’s health.

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has unveiled a 12-point plan aimed at improving the city’s health.

Emanuel said at a news conference Tuesday that "Healthy Chicago" is a call to action for the public health department and residents.

The plan’s priorities include reducing tobacco use, increasing access to healthy food and eliminating racial disparities in cancer.

Residents will be able to track the city’s progress online with monthly updates and an annual report.

Emanuel also said he intends to institute a "wellness plan" for city of Chicago employees to encourage healthier living.

He says 6 to 8 percent of employees drive two-thirds of health care costs because of chronic illnesses.

The mayor, who’s currently training for a triathlon, says he works out seven days a week and watches what he eats.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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