August 8, 2017
Submit Your CLOCC 15th Anniversary Childhood Obesity Prevention Hall of Fame Nominees
While summer is in full swing, we can't help but notice that the days are getting just a little bit shorter, football is on the horizon and kids are starting their countdown to the new school year. Shortly behind will be the Consortium's upcoming Fall and Winter Quarterly Meetings, the latter of which will serve as a celebration of  CLOCC's 15th Anniversary.

As a centerpiece of the 15-year celebration, we are building a   "Childhood Obesity Prevention Hall of Fame," which will be unveiled at the December meeting. 

Since CLOCC was founded, there have been significant advancements in what we know about childhood obesity and the most effective strategies for preventing it. People, policies, scientific discoveries, reports, events and more have had significant influence on how we think and what we do about this epidemic.  We invite CLOCC partners to help cultivate a list of the 15 things that have had the greatest impact on our field and our work over the last 15 years. 

To contribute a candidate for the Hall of Fame, email with a brief description of your nominee. You can also find or create a photo or visual representation of your submission and post it to CLOCC's facebook page with a brief description, or tweet your contribution using the hashtag #CLOCCat15.

As the December meeting approaches, we'll invite the entire network to vote on the final inductees into our Childhood Obesity Prevention Hall of Fame.

Current nominees include:
  • HBO's "Weight of the Nation"
  • A 2015 report in New England Journal of Medicine "A Potential Decline in Life Expectancy in the United States in the 21st Century"
  • University of Chicago's Reach In Reach Out Program
  • Healthy Places
  • The introduction of Divvy Bikes
  • Chicago Public Schools BMI Data Surveillance
  • CDC's "Communities Putting Prevention to Work Initiative"
  • President Obama's Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Read about these nominees on CLOCC's facebook page and add your own today!

Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax Implemented Following Dismissal of Lawsuit
Updates from the Illinois Public Health Institute
On Friday, July 28th, Cook County Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak lifted a temporary restraining order and dismissed the case of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) against the County's sweetened beverage tax. You can read his opinion here .
Following the decision, the IRMA filed an emergency motion to stop implementation which was denied, paving the way for the tax to go into effect on Wednesday, August 2nd. While additional appeals may be filed, Chicago's public health community is gratified to see full implementation of this optional tax, which will benefit the county's fiscal health and the community's physical well-being.  
Additionally, Cook County has now filed a lawsuit against the IRMA, seeking $17 million in damages for the delayed implementation of the sweetened beverage tax caused by the beverage association's lawsuit.

More information about implementation can be found on the County's sweetened beverage tax website .

Sweetened Beverage Tax in the News
CLOCC Updates 2016-2020 Policy Agenda to Include Vision Zero
After a recent combined interest group meeting between the Consortium's Physical Activity and Built Environment Interest Group and the Policy and Advocacy Interest Group, a decision was made for CLOCC to include relevant aspects of the City's new Vision Zero Chicago plan in CLOCC's 2016-2020 Policy Agenda. See below for the added policy priority and contact Katie Danko, MPH, Advocacy Program Manager, with questions.  

  • Support the implementation of Vision Zero Chicago initiative by advocating for evidence-based policy measures proposed under that initiative that also align with broader social-determinants of health and equity approaches and for funding of infrastructure improvements and community engagement strategies

    Vision Zero Chicago is the City's initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries from traffic crashes by 2026. Key provisions in the City's Vision Zero proposal are focused on making streets safer for people walking and biking. Policies will be proposed to advance this broad goal. Another focus of the implementation plan is to engage the community in High-Crash Areas to gather input for infrastructure improvements, localized education, awareness and enforcement efforts. CLOCC will work with partners to support strong community participation in the Vision Zero plan while advocating for infrastructure improvements that will make Chicago streets safer for people walking and biking.

Healthy Corner Store Toolkit Available for Local Organizations
The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) has recently unveiled a new Healthy Corner Store Toolkit as part of the Cook County Department of Public Health's Healthy Hotspot initiative. In this toolkit, lessons learned from the Healthy Corner Store project of the Healthy HotSpot initiative in suburban Cook County are shared. The toolkit is designed for community organizations interested in identifying, recruiting and working with local retailers to create a healthy corner store environment. 
While this toolkit describes how to become a Healthy HotSpot in suburban Cook County, it also can serve as a framework for healthy corner store projects everywhere and be modified to meet each community's unique identity and needs   
Direct inquiries about the toolkit to Megan Hinchy, MPH, PICH Program Coordinator.



Final Healthy Kids Town Hall Event Slated for August 16th 
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released a new Healthy Chicago Spotlight: Healthy Kids report, focused on youth health. CDPH is hosting a series of Town Hall meetings centered on five key areas: improving homes, empowering working families, promoting vaccines, reducing obesity and mitigating trauma. The Healthy Kids Spotlight report shows that even though there has been progress in each key area, significant health disparities remain.

Events are open to the public and CLOCC partners are encouraged to share the opportunity with your local networks. Download the flyer here. Residents are also encouraged to provide feedback through a CDPH online survey.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017   
Rowan Park Field House, 11546 S. Ave. L 
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
This meeting will be available in English and Spanish
Wednesday, August 16, 2017  
Legler Branch Library, 115 S. Pulaski Road
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Meeting attendees are not required to RSVP, however it is encouraged. Use the button below to access the short RSVP form. 

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T he Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) is a nationally recognized leader for community-based obesity prevention. We support, coordinate, and unite partners to promote healthy and active lifestyles for children and families. Our multi-sector approach emerged in Chicago and can be adapted for use anywhere.