FEBRUARY 7, 2017

New Legislation Poised to Eliminate Illinois' Physical Education Mandate; 
Please Act Today 

Sporadic efforts to weaken Illinois' mandate for daily physical education are not new, however, the current legislative session has introduced multiple bills with the potential to reverse years of PE improvement in Illinois. Some of these bills are complex and defeating them will require a strong show of solidarity from the public health community. 

With more than one in three Illinois children overweight or obese, including an even higher rate for Hispanic and African American children, now is not the time to remove physical activity opportunities for kids; CLOCC supports the National Physical Activity Guidelines of 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each day.

While CLOCC and other Illinois health organizations are monitoring the status of several bills, there are two which require immediate action of our partners.

HB 440 - Would eliminate the daily physical education requirement. This bill is set for a committee hearing on Thursday, February 9th at 10:30 a.m. Click here for a fact sheet

SB 13 - "Mandate relief" for schools, would reduce physical education from daily to three days a week and provide more exceptions for high school students to be excused from physical education. Click here for a fact sheet

  • File a witness slip in opposition to HB 440, which would eliminate the daily PE requirement in Illinois. You can file a witness slip by clicking here. (Select "opponent" and "For Record of Appearance Only".) Witness slips must be filed by 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 9th. 
  • Use this action alert top write to your legislators asking them not to weaken the daily PE requirement. 
Please share these steps with your personal and professional networks as well. 
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To help celebrate CLOCC's 15th Anniversary, help us build a virtual CLOCC Childhood Obesity Prevention Hall of Fame representing the people, policies, scientific discoveries, reports and events that have had significant influence on how we think and what we do about the childhood obesity epidemic. Contribute a submission and vote year round by "liking" a photo. Learn more here, or click the photos below to visit CLOCC's facebook page and add a photo or vote! 

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Save the Date for These Upcoming CLOCC Events

  • Free Healthy Food Tastings: Open to the general public, join us and see how "Healthy Choices are Just Around the Corner." Sample some of the healthy food options available at participants in the PICH-funded Healthy Corner Store project, part of the Cook County Department of Public Health's Heatlhy HotSpot network. 
    • Tuesday, February 14, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Mi Homestead, 12126 S. Vincennes Avenue, Blue Island, IL 60406
    • Thursday, February 16, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at New Way Foods, 1307 E. Lincoln Highway, Ford Heights, IL 60411
    • Thursday, February 23 , 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Rudy's Grocery Store, 2446 S 57th Avenue, Cicero, IL 60804
    • Tuesday, February 28 , 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Hidalgo's Meat Market, 2801 Broadway Street, Blue Island, IL 60406
  • CLOCC's Quarterly Meeting: Wednesday, March 15, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Interest Groups will meet at noon) at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, 225 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611
  • CLOCC's fiveSMART(TM) Training: Friday, March 24, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Educare at The Ounce of Prevention Fund, McCormick Rooms,  5044 South Wabash, Chicago, IL 60615
Calling All Parents! Deadline Extended to Join Chicago Kids' Meals Advisory Group

CLOCC is seeking volunteers for a parent advisory group which will guide work to improve kids' meals at restaurants in Chicago this year. We are looking for a diverse group of passionate parents to drive strategy around the issue here in our city. If you have children between the ages of 2 and 12, live in Chicago and are interested in taking part, please take a moment to complete the form by using the button below. The form will close on Monday, February 16. CLOCC staff will contact volunteers later this month with next steps.

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  • From the Build Healthy Places Network , the Culture of Health Leaders Program  is now accepting applications for the 2017-19 cohort. This 3-year leadership development program offers a $20,000 stipend annually for up to 50 participants. The call for applications is open and continues through   February 15, 2017 Click here for more information.
  • The Kresge Foundation  is seeking applicants for Emerging Leaders in Public Health - "an 18-month, leadership development initiative aimed at helping current and future local public health leaders advance innovative models which improve their organizations and position them for new opportunities to meet the changing health needs of their communities. Participants will receive coaching on leadership, organizational development, communications strategy and financing models, as well as a grant up to $125,000 to develop and implement their transformative concept. The deadline is February 20th. Click here for more information.
  • Action for Healthy Kids is accepting applications for school grants for the 2017-2018 school year. Schools may apply for School Breakfast grants ($500 - $3,000) to pilot or expand their School Breakfast programs or Game On grants ($500 - $1,000) to fund physical activity/nutrition initiatives. Click here for more information and to register for informational webinars.  Deadline to apply is April 7

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.