May 29, 2018
Just Announced: 



Walkability & Accessibility Planning Session, June 14th
Discussion to focus on Chicago's high-crash areas; RSVP today 

As members of the Mayor's Pedestrian Advisory Council (MPAC), the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), Active Transportation Alliance, AARP, and Lurie Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention and Research Center will convene a planning session with community-based organizations focused on neighborhood walkability strategies to support Vision Zero Chicago. 

This meeting is open, however, attendees should meet the following criteria:
  • Have an interest in learning about neighborhood walkability strategies and developing the capacity to partner with organizations to conduct walkability initiatives in their communities.
     
  • Be located or working in a high crash area as identified by Vision Zero Chicago . This includes:
     
    • Austin
    • East Garfield Park
    • Englewood
    • Grand Boulevard
    • Humboldt Park
    • North Lawndale
    • Washington Park
    • West Englewood
    • West Garfield Park
    • West Town
If you are unsure if this meeting is appropriate for you or your organization, feel free to contact CLOCC staff at  info@clocc.net , or Eric Goodwin at (312) 227-7043.  

Date: Thursday, June 14th
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago Avenue, 11th Floor Conference Center 

Click the button below to learn more or RSVP. 



Obesity-Related Policies See Progress in Springfield 
 
HB 4568, a bill to support the Healthy Local Foods Incentives Fund, passed unopposed in the Illinois Senate on May 16th. The legislation removes the previously-stipulated end date of the program, which is designated to increase Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants' access to fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets. However, the measure still needs to be approved by Governor Rauner and a budget appropriation for the fund must still be secured. 

Join CLOCC, the Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) and other State health advocates in thanking our legislators for passing HB 4568 and simultaneously encouraging them to designate the $500,000 in funding needed to implement the program in the FY19 budget. Click here to contact your representative.  

SB 2572 , the  Minutes-per-Week Physical Education (P.E.) bill, has passed the State Congress after a favorable 62-44 vote in the House on May 24th. The measure limits school waivers on P.E. and mandates a minimum of 150 minutes per week from kindergarten through 12th grade. This bill now sits on the desk of the Governor.   

The Urban Agricultural Zones bill ( HB 3418) was unanimously approved by the Senate on May 23rd and now awaits the Governor's signature. This bill  incentivizes new urban agriculture zones, capable of producing locally-grown fruits and vegetables, in food deserts and high-hardship communities. S ales tax from agriculture products would be designated for the urban agriculture zone fund and specified for a county, municipality or school district. Property taxes on the agriculture zones would also be protected from increases. 

House Farm Bill Draft Gets a Thumbs Down in D.C.  

HR2, the House's draft version of the Federal "Farm Bill" was soundly defeated with a 213-198 tally on Friday, May 18th, when every Democrat and 30 Republicans voted against the measure. The Farm Bill, as presented, would have hobbled the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by introducing new work requirements for recipients and greatly expanding the populations subject to those requirements. Numerous health organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association, have warned of the far-reaching negative effects of eliminating food security for large and vulnerable populations. The defeated bill also made significant changes to the health insurance options available to farmers and rural populations, which would have served to further undermine the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

At present, it has not been determined if a new version of the Farm Bill will be brought forward by the House, however the Senate is expected to present its own Farm Bill in June.   

Farm Bill in the News: 



Join Our Team: CLOCC Seeking Program Manager

The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) is seeking Program Manager to develop and implement the Consortium's community- and school-based obesity prevention strategies and manage community-based interventions. Strategies and interventions will focus on improving food access and environmental conditions to support healthy eating and physical activity in Chicago institutions and communities. This will be achieved through the management and oversight of CLOCC's team of Community Program Coordinators, effective interaction with the rest of CLOCC's staff, and coordination with partner organizations. In managing these aspects of the CLOCC program, the Program Manager will track progress on deliverables and financial expenditures related to these projects, oversee the work of volunteers and temporary student assistants, represent the program to community partners and other external organizations, collaborate on partner projects, and assist with the development of project proposals and stewardship reports.

Click here for the full job description and to learn about other employment opportunities in the field. 

New Look and Feel for CLOCC's 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® Rolls Out in Chicago Communities

As part of a community project funded by Kohl's Cares and  recently announced by CLOCC and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, the Consortium has undertaken a refresh of  5-4-3-2-1 Go!®, the Consortium's flagship public education message for children and families. In addition to adding brighter colors and updating the images on the flyers and posters, the message points were refined to reflect the latest, evidence-driven suggestions related to screen time and dairy consumption. 

Billboards and Chicago Transit Authority bus shelter and train platform advertisements featuring the new look are now running in select communities to reinforce  5-4-3-2-1 Go! messaging being promoted through the Chicago Park District.

Partners wishing to download the new flyers in English or Spanish can do so at CLOCC.net, by completing the short online questionnaire.



Visit CLOCC.net to View or Post Events, Job Openings and Volunteer Opportunities

CLOCC.net serves as the Consortium's hub for the latest obesity-prevention news, resources, events and volunteer and job opportunities in public health. The site also features forms for organizations to post their own events, job openings and volunteer opportunities. Upon submission, entries will be approved by a CLOCC staff member and posted the next business day. Contact  with questions! 

JOB POSTINGS
5-4-3-2-1 Go! Resources
fiveSMART Resources
CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN THE NEWS
 
FUNDING & RECOGNITION OPPORTUNITIES
  • CDC's Division for Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) announced the availability of Fiscal Year 2018 funds to implement Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH). This 5-year program is to improve health, prevent chronic diseases, and reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic populations with the highest risk, or burden, of chronic disease. Funding will support recipients that 1) Have a history of successfully working with an established coalition who addresses health or other disparities, 2) Select strategies that address the health disparities in the community based on a health needs assessment process, 3) Have organizational capacity to implement locally tailored evidence-based and practice-based strategies. A letter of intent is due June 11th. Click here for details
     
  • The Rockefeller Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative - with guidance from community leaders across the country - have created the Communities Thrive Challenge, a $10-million funding opportunity open to organizations that are working to expand economic opportunity for low-income and financially insecure people and communities in the United States.  After two rounds of review, including  peer-to-peer  evaluation and review by an  expert panel , as many as 10 organizations will receive a $1 million grant, as well as best-in-class technical assistance and an opportunity to share their stories on a national stage. All 80 applicants who advance to the second round will receive an honorable mention, and 20 will be chosen as finalists. Each finalist that does not become a grantee will receive $5,000 in recognition of their great work. Registration is due by June 12th and the application is due by June 19th. Click here for details. 
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.