March 8, 2017
Rush University Medical Center Becomes Chicago's Newest Baby-Friendly Labor and Delivery Center

In February, Rush University Medical Center received news of its certification as a Baby-Friendly Hospital, becoming the fourth - and largest - labor and delivery center in Chicago to earn the distinction.    

As part of a multi-sector approach towards childhood obesity prevention that includes maternal and infant health and nutrition, the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) works with hospitals in Chicago, including Rush, to provide training and technical assistance.  
The Baby-Friendly designation, which is administered by Baby-Friendly USA, represents a hospital's capacity and preparedness to provide an optimal level of support for breastfeeding mothers and babies. Status is awarded to hospitals that integrate the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding into their standard of care in order to provide new mothers the information and support needed to initiate and sustain breastfeeding habits with their newborns. Rush University Medical Center joins Advocate Masonic, Presence Saint Joseph and Advocate Trinity Hospitals as Chicago's four Baby-Friendly centers.

Read RUMC's Baby-Friendly announcement.

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Rush University Medical Center is Chicago's newest Baby-Friendly hospital. Photo: RUMC

Check Out the Latest "Fifteen for the Future" Submitted by a CLOCC Partner! 

To help mark CLOCC's 15th Anniversary, we're asking our partners to participate in "Fifteen for the Future" by creating a list of
 fifteen ways that individuals and organizations can work to address obesity prevention in 2017. This week, we're featuring a submission from the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD)! Check out their list below and submit your own by emailing, tagging CLOCC on social media or using the hashtag #CLOCCat15. Follow IAHPERD on twitter at  @IAHPERD.


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Save the Date for These Upcoming CLOCC Events

Looking for the latest events and learning opportunities focused on childhood obesity? See below and also check out the event calendar at If your organization is hosting an event that would be of interest to CLOCC partners, feel free to share it on our website using this quick form. CLOCC staff will approve all submissions before posting.  
  • 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. 
    • Thursday, March 23, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Acapulco Grocery, 1246 50th Avenue, Cicero, IL, 60804   
  • CLOCC's Quarterly Meeting: Wednesday, March 15, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Interest Groups at noon) at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, 225 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. Registration for this meeting is currently at capacity; Please e-mail to inquire about the wait list.  
  • 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.   Registration for this training is currently at capacity; Please e-mail Elizabeth Gonzalez to inquire about the wait list.  
Active Transportation Alliance, Chicago Transit Authority Seek Community Input via Bus Survey
Evidence has shown those who use public transportation are more likely to be physically active than those who do not. Chicago's Active Transportation Alliance is working to speed up Chicago's buses by partnering with community organizations to advocate for low-cost, near-term improvements to some of the city's busiest routes. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is working with Active Trans on the project in an advisory capacity, providing data and technical feedback as it moves forward. Click here to participate the survey and additional information

If you are interested in getting more involved, please contact Kyle Whitehead, Active Transportation Alliance's Government Relations Director. 
  • Policies for Action (P4A) - a research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - has just opened its 2017 call for proposals. "P4A seeks to engage long-standing health care, mental and behavioral health, and public health researchers, as well as experts in areas that we recognize have strong influence on health, well-being and equity-such as labor, criminal justice, education, transportation, housing, and the built environment."  Click here for more informationDealdine to apply is March 10th.
  • 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.
  • The American Public Health Association (APHA) is accepting nominations for several awards which will be presented at the 2017 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo. "Once a year, we think it is important to pause, take a step back, and honor those who have made extraordinary contributions to public health. Help us identify the best among us by nominating a colleague who exemplifies outstanding contributions." Nominations are due by Friday, May 5th.

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.