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Public health contributors honored

Two individuals and three local organizations are being honored with the Dr. William Fitzsimmons Public Health Award for their contributions to the health and well-being of Oak Parkers. The annual awards are presented by the Oak Park Board of Health and the Oak Park Department of Public Health. For more information on the annual Fitzsimmons Award, call 708.358.5480 or email This year’s winners are:

Dr. Paul Schattauer of the Green Medical Practice, which promotes preventing illness with a healthy lifestyle including eating well, exercise, fostering nurturing relationships, spending time with nature and avoiding toxic environments.

Greenline Wheels, which defines itself as a low-profit business with a social mission to encourage eco-friendly transportation in the Oak Park area.

Mary Ellen Sjostrom, RN, who, for almost 20 years, has been the first responder to the health needs of the thousands of adolescent Oak Park residents who attend Oak Park River and Forest High School.

Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry, whose staff and volunteers provide nutritious groceries, produce, meat and dairy products to more than 15,000 needy families in Oak Park and surrounding communities each year.

Prevail, whose mission is to provide immediate and compassionate response to individuals and families facing financial crisis and offer supportive services.