October 3, 2017
Health Advocates Urged to Defend the Sweetened Beverage Tax on Tuesday, October 10th   

The Finance Committee of the Cook County Board of Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, October 10th, to consider a repeal of the Sweetened Beverage Tax. It is expected that the Committee will vote on the tax's fate that day. Although the Board must subsequently vote to approve measures from the Finance Committee, the board vote will likely reflect the Committee's decision as both entities are comprised of the same members

It is important for the health community to stand fast on Tuesday and continue to be vocal in its support of the Sweetened Beverage Tax.  Diseases related to sugary drinks and obesity cost the County's Health and Hospitals System over $200 million per year in provided care. A Harvard study predicted that a sugary drink tax would save the County more than $200 million over ten years in reduced healthcare costs and prevent 37,000 cases of obesity. 
Please share this infographic to help build an understanding about the tax and its benefits.

To sign up to testify at the Finance Committee meeting, complete this form online and please contact Katie Danko, CLOCC Advocacy Program Coordinator:

Fill out the info, the file ID # is 17-4704, and check "Attend the meeting and speak in OPPOSITION to the item."  

If you will not attend the meeting, please also fill out the form but mark the "Do not attend the meeting but register in opposition to the item."  
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Health Policy Experts Dismayed Over Delay of new Food Nutrition Label Implementation 

The Food and Drug Administration will delay mandatory implementation of the much-anticipated Food Nutrition Label changes to 2020 for large food companies and 2021 for smaller vendors. T he updated label is intended to identify added sugar in grams and as a percent of a day's recommended maximum intake,  display calories more prominently and use more realistic serving sizes.

Public health advocates expressed dismay at the delay, which was driven by industry concerns despite the fact that many manufacturers have already adapted the new labels on their products.  

" The Food and Drug Administration's  decision  to cave in to food industry demands and delay the deadline for companies to update their Nutrition Facts labels harms the public's health, denies consumers vital information, and creates an unfair and confusing marketplace as many companies have gone ahead with the labels anyway," said Dr. Peter G. Lurie, President of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, in a statement on September 29

The FDA decision was issued in tandem with an opportunity for public comment. CLOCC partners are encouraged to advocate for a more timely implementation calendar for updated nutrition labels.  

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Upcoming 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® Message Training now Open for Registration Go
On Thursday, October 12th, CLOCC will host a training for 5-4-3-2-1 Go!®, the Consortium's public education message with recommendations for children and families to promote a healthy lifestyle. Developed in 2004 and launched as a mass-media campaign in 2009,  5-4-3-2-1 Go! has reached millions of individuals in communities throughout Chicago and beyond.
This free training will include:
  • Background information on the issue of childhood obesity 
  • Information about the creation and dissemination of 5-4-3-2-1 Go!
  • Strategies for incorporating the message in your programming
  • Opportunities for brainstorming and sharing ideas with colleagues and other community-based organizations
As a courtesy to Infant and Welfare Society patients and staff, please do not use the facility parking lot. Street parking is available. 

Date: Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, 3600 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL

Contact Elizabeth Gonzalez with questions.

Deadline Approaching to Submit a Poster Abstract and Present at CLOCC's Quarterly Meeting
On December 7th, 2017, CLOCC will be celebrating the Consortium's 15th Anniversary at the Winter Quarterly Meeting. As a feature of this special occasion, 10 posters will be selected and displayed in the meeting hall. We invite partners to submit poster concepts at clocc.net/posters or contact info@clocc.net with any questions.   
  • Poster concept submissions are due by Friday, October 13th 
  • CLOCC will provide printing, as well as additional technical assistance, for recipients if requested
  • Topics should focus on research, policy or programs that have advanced childhood obesity prevention in Chicago over the last five years
  • Selectees will be contacted and provided with technical specifications
5-4-3-2-1 Go! Resources
fiveSMART Resources
  •  The Better Bike Share Partnership is a collaboration funded by The JPB Foundation to build equitable and replicable bike share systems. The partners include The City of Philadelphia, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and the PeopleForBikes Foundation. The PeopleForBikes Foundation, as part of the Better Bike Share Partnership, will make grants of $25,000 - $65,000 available to collaborations of non-profit community-based organizations, cities, and bike share operators to support the development and implementation of sustainable strategies to increase bike share use in underserved communities and to create long-term partnerships and processes that integrate equity, diversity and inclusion at all levels of the partner organizations. Letters of interest for the current round of grants are due on October 6th. Learn more. 
  • America Walks is extending a round of community change micro grants to individuals and communities interested in improving the public sphere for walking or otherwise helping to make walking more commonplace. This program awards up to $1,500 to fund or help to catalyze smaller-scale, low-cost projects and programs that increase the prevalence of walking, expand the diversity of people and organizations working to advance walkability, and help to make walking safer, easier, and more fun for all community members. Applications are due by November 10th. Learn More.
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.