While Chicago is known for its deep-dish pizza, sausage and hot dogs, those local delicacies are not likely to be featured on a heart-healthy menu anytime soon. But an ambitious plan unveiled today by city leaders is intended to help transform the health of Chicagoans by addressing everything from the communities in which they live to the food they eat.

Healthy Chicago: A Public Health Agenda for a Healthy City, Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy People and Healthy Homes identifies 12 priorities for action to improve health such as lowering rates of obesity, teen births and infectious disease and improving the infrastructure of the city’s public health system. For each priority area, the plan presents strategies organized into three sections: policies, including regulatory changes and laws that will be pursued; programs and services to be delivered; and education and public awareness efforts to reinforce these policies and programs.

“Strong public health is critical to quality of life of residents across Chicago,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who released the blueprint with Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Bechara Choucair, MD, in a statement. “This agenda addresses the real health concerns facing our city so we can make Chicago a healthier place — with healthy neighborhoods, people and homes.”

The plan recognizes the lead role the health department will play, but also emphasizes the importance of partnerships and looks to the city’s schools, faith and business communities and other institutions to help reach its goals.

“Mayor Emanuel and Commissioner Choucair have created a bold, but realistic, action plan to make Chicago a healthier place to live, learn, work and play,” said Robert M. Pestronk, executive director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials in a news release. “Healthy Chicago recognizes that collaboration is essential to improve community health.”

To learn more about Healthy Chicago, email HealthyChicago@cityofchicago.org, visit the department’s Facebook page or follow @ChiPublicHealth on Twitter.