July 11, 2017
Chicago Department of Public Health Announces Dates, Locations of Healthy Kids Town Hall Events 
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released a new Healthy Chicago Spotlight: Healthy Kids report, focused on youth health. Moving forward, CDPH will host 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, July 25, 2017  
West Pullman Library, 830 W. 119th Street
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Monday, July 31, 2017    
Shields Middle School, 4250 S. Rockwell Street
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
This meeting will be available in English and Spanish

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. 

Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax Delayed by Court; Hearing Slated for Wednesday, July 12th
Soda taxes have been in the news nationwide, with Cook County taking center stage on June 30th as the Circuit Court granted a temporary restraining order over the County's sweetened beverage tax. A follow-up hearing is slated for Wednesday, July 12th.  

The sweetened beverage tax is a policy change that can positively impact childhood obesity while simultaneously generating revenue for public health and safety. Sugary drinks are the No. 1 source of added sugar in the American diet and evidence shows that as prices rise, consumption is reduced. In Cook County, a portion of the sweetened beverage tax is allocated to local chronic disease prevention activities. 

CLOCC partners are urged to continued sharing the fact sheets and graphics below, provided by the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity.  
5-4-3-2-1 Go! Resources
fiveSMART Resources

Illinois' new State Budget and the Implications for Childhood Obesity Prevention

Katie Danko, MPH, CLOCC Advocacy Program Manager

The Illinois State Legislature preformed what many of Illinoisans believed might never happen - it passed a budget. After three years of negotiating and two years without a state budget, both the Senate (on 7/4) and House (on 7/6) voted to override the governor's veto of the amended version of previous "grand bargain" bills to bring an end to the budget impasse in Springfield. The new budget includes a combination of spending cuts and tax increases to address the state's unpaid bills.
In the past several months, CLOCC has advocated on behalf of several policy items that have been on the budget negotiating table. The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Act that proposed a state-wide tax on sugary drinks was not part of the final budget package. Similar taxes across the country have seen positive results, so CLOCC will continue to work with partners when the opportunity arises to promote HEAL as a healthy source of revenue.
Also debated within the budget negotiations were myriad attempts to eliminate the daily Physical Education (P.E.) requirement. Though sometimes seen as an unfunded requirement or "mandate" for school districts, CLOCC knows that P.E. is a critical opportunity for kids to meet the National Physical Activity Guidelines of 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each day. Physical inactivity puts children at risk of obesity and chronic diseases. One in three children in Illinois is overweight or obese, with an even higher rate for Hispanic and African-American children. Not only does P.E. help kids stay active, but it provides the education needed to develop lifelong skills and knowledge in fitness and health. Additionally, we know improving physical fitness can help improve test scores and in-class behavior, making P.E. a win-win for health and academic achievement.

Advocates have been successful, thus far, in holding off these repeated attempts to reduce the daily P.E. requirement. The daily P.E. requirement is often used to negotiate bipartisan deals in the State Legislature so we will continue to monitor for any future efforts to cut Illinois P.E. and thus quality physical activity for our kids in Chicago and across the state.

Online Resource to Support Pregnant and Parenting Young People in Breastfeeding Launched at CLOCC.net
Adapted from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release

About 80% of all children born in the United States in 2012 were "ever breastfed," however, mothers under the age of 20 have the lowest rates of breastfeeding initiation and the shortest duration of breastfeeding of those that do decide to breastfeed.

Last summer, to better understand and address this important public health issue, ten Chicago-based organizations partnered to convene the education and training event SUCCESSES IN ADOLESCENT HEALTH: Tools and Techniques to Support Pregnant and Parenting Young People in Breastfeeding. The event hosts have collaborate to launch a web page featuring presentation recordings and slides and an array of other materials based on information presented and discussions held throughout the event and since.

Hosted by CLOCC, the website includes:
  • A Guide to Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Young People in Breastfeeding
  • Key Messages for Health Care Professionals to use when discussing breastfeeding with adolescent patients
  • Recordings of Expert Presentations, such as "Breastfeeding Makes All the Difference: Breastfeeding's Role in Overcoming Adversity" from plenary presenter Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
  • Presentation Slides and other presenter hand-outs
  • Training Event Materials, such as the Agenda and Presenter Biographies
  • Information on Host/Partner Organizations and their related resources
Click the link below to learn more.


CLOCC partners with the Cook County of Department of Public Health (CCDPH) to support the Healthy Corner Store program, addressing healthy food access in underserved communities throughout south suburban Cook County. CLOCC provides guidance to corner store owners and assists with promoting nutrition awareness and food access strategy in the community. The Healthy Corner Store work is part of the CCDPH's "Healthy Hotspot" initiative, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH).  Following the recent closure of the Ultra Foods grocery store in Calumet Park, the Chicago Tribune published a story highlighting food access challenges in the community and the potential role of Healthy Corner Stores in food deserts.

Ultra Foods Closing in Calumet Park Leaves Void: 'What are we Going to do? Where are we Going to go?' - Chicago Tribune

More Childhood Obesity in the News

  • American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are working to create a culture of health through Voices for Healthy Kids. The program advances "coordinated state, local, and tribal public policy issue advocacy campaigns focused on healthy eating and active living, and will utilize the American Heart Association's proven advocacy capacity to drive meaningful and widespread policy change."  A series of new grant opportunities will focus on efforts in schools, community, and out-of-school/early care and education. The deadline is July 21. For more information contact CLOCC at info@clocc.net
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health has released a new funding opportunity announcement, Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative.  The initiative "will seek to reduce significant health disparities impacting minorities and disadvantaged populations through the implementation of evidence-based strategies with the greatest potential for impact." The deadline is July 31.
  • Nike Community Impact Fund (NCIF) annual grants of $5,000-$10,000 are being offered to eligible organizations that give kids positive experiences through physical activity, sport and play to help them unleash their potential. Up to $50,000 in grants will be awarded during this award cycle. The Nike Community Impact Fund, in partnership with Charities Aid Foundation of America (CAF America), is an innovative approach to grant making that engages a committee of Nike employees and Nike Community Store athletes from across the United States to directly impact the local communities where they live and work. Applications are due July 31, 2017 with funds being awarded in November.
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.