Initially intended as a space where bilingual diabetes resource material could be made available on a walk-in basis, the Greater Humboldt Park Community Diabetes Empowerment Center (DEC) has grown into far more. Situated at one of Humboldt Park’s cornerstones – where Division Street meets California Avenue – DEC occupies the ground floor; it bookends a block that houses several popular Puerto Rican restaurants and the Pedro Albizu Campos High School. The DEC hosts meeting of service providers, exercise and nutrition classes, high-profile events and press conferences; all at no cost to participants, whether they be elected officials, directors of city departments, academics, local residents with diabetes risk factors, or undocumented immigrants looking for referral to medical homes and other resources.
Currents Services: Health Education Classes, Heart Health Screening, Cooking Classes, Nutrition Classes and Physical activity (Muevete)
Muevete is a community-based physical activity program promoting movement for all fitness levels, free, open to the public with bilingual instructors. Classes meet Monday through Saturday at all different times and locations, including the DEC, Humboldt Park and Kosciuszko Park. Muevete also coordinates Move for Life!, a yearly kick-off physical activity day in the park.