May 16, 2017
Registration is Open for CLOCC's June 14th Quarterly Meeting: Business Sector Approaches to Childhood Obesity Prevention

Join us for CLOCC's Summer Quarterly Meeting on Wednesday, June 14th, at The Conference Center - One North Wacker. The meeting will focus on Business Sector Approaches to Obesity Prevention. CLOCC Interest Groups will meet from Noon to 1:00 p.m.  Visit to learn more about the Consortium's focus areas and interest groups.

The main session, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, will feature a keynote presentation from Jennifer Harris, PhD, Director of Marketing Initiatives at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and Associate Professor in Allied Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut. The Summer Quarterly Meeting will also feature regional panelists from local businesses that have incorporated a health focus into their corporate culture, and a breakout session to focus on how business sector approaches can be factored into your own work.

Wednesday, June 14th
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Conference Center
One North Wacker, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL, 60606

5-4-3-2-1 Go! Resources
fiveSMART Resources
fiveSMART Message Training Slated for June 8th

Join CLOCC for an exploration of fiveSMART, the Consortium's obesity prevention message tailored for prenatal care, ages 0-12 months and ages 1-3 years.  
fiveSMART communicates the importance of Sleep, Meals & Snacks, Activity, Role Modeling & Responsiveness, and Things to Avoid. This message training opportunity will be relevant and useful for anyone who works with pregnant women or children aged 0-3, day care providers, pediatricians, OB physicians, family practitioners and home visitors. There is no cost to attend the training. Click the button below to register or learn more.

Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Infant Welfare Society of Chicago,
3600 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL, 60647


Updates on legislation related to CLOCC's policy priorities can be found on the Consortium's legislative monitoring page at This page is continuously populated with legislative summaries and calls to action related to childhood obesity prevention at the federal, state and local level, including bills currently active in the Illinois General Assembly. 


Currently, CLOCC is closely following HB2369 which has just passed both houses of the Illinois General Assembly.

There is overwhelming evidence for breastfeeding's obesity-preventative effects in addition to its many other health benefits. Specifically, the evidence points to an association between breastfed infants and a lower risk for elevated weight gain and obesity. Yet, despite the evidence, only 15% women are able to meet the recommended guidelines for six months exclusive breastfeeding.  When it comes to teen moms, the barrier to breastfeeding can be greater. Being on time for class, keeping up with schoolwork while dealing with the typical pressures of high school can be challenging enough. Last week, Illinois state legislators passed HB2369 which adjusts the Illinois school code to mandate that Illinois schools accommodate school-aged moms who are breastfeeding. This bill will allow moms to find the reasonable amount of time to breastfeed or address other needs related to breastfeeding while attending school without incurring academic penalties.
HB 2369 has already passed both the Illinois House and Senate. CLOCC is currently monitoring the progress of HB2369 as it makes its way to Governor Bruce Rauner who will have the opportunity to sign the bill into law. CLOCC will keep you up to date on whether advocacy is needed to move it forward.
 Submit a Nominee for CLOCC's 15th Anniversary
 Childhood Obesity Prevention Hall of Fame

To commemorate the Consortium's 15th anniversary, we are asking you, CLOCC's partners, to help build our own virtual "Childhood Obesity Prevention Hall of Fame" by cultivating a list of 15 things that have had the greatest impact on our field and our work over the last 15 years.

Nominees should reflect any of the 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.

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

At the end of the year, we'll invite the entire network to vote on the final inductees into the Childhood Obesity Prevention Hall of Fame. The final Hall of Fame will be unveiled at CLOCC's December Quarterly Meeting.


  •  The Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC) has announced the availability of funding to advance the Healthy Chicago 2.0 vision to promote health equity. Funding is available to support efforts identified through a community planning process that promote health and well-being in community areas in Chicago with high economic hardship and/or very low childhood opportunity. The total award amount for this funding opportunity is $175,000 and will fund a cohort of up to five community-based organizations to support projects identified in a community plan that align with Healthy Chicago 2.0 goals, objectives, and/or strategies. Funding for this award is made available by Chicago Department of Public Health. Deadline for proposals is May 19th, 2017.
  • The Center for ActiveDesign: Excellence Awards recognize outstanding success in the advancement of Active Design. In its fourth year, the Center is seeking both Built Projects and Research Projects that have used Active Design to demonstrate measurable impacts on all aspects of health - physical, mental, and social/civic wellbeing. Organizations and firms from around the world are invited to submit their projects by May 26th, 2017. 
  • The Health Project is seeking nominations for the C. Everett Koop National Health Awards in recognition of outstanding health promotion programs. "It is dedicated to spotlighting private and public health programs that have measurably improved the health and well-being of individuals and their families, and have done so cost-effectively.  The deadline for applications is May 31st, 2017.



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.