September is National
Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 5, 2017
Mark National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month by Taking Action Today! 

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, presenting myriad opportunities to help build healthier futures for children here in Chicago and beyond. Set aside a few minutes to join the Consortium and mark this important month by taking action:

  1. Learn about Serve Chicago Kids Better, a new effort to address the marketing of unhealthy kids' meals to children in Chicago. 
  2. RSVP for the CLOCC Fall Quarterly Meeting or one of the upcoming 5-4-3-2-1 Go!, fiveSMART or community events on our calendar.
  3. Contact your Cook County Commissioner and help protect the progress of the Sweetened Beverage Tax in the face of new repeal efforts.
  4. Submit a nominee for the CLOCC 15th Anniversary Childhood Obesity Prevention Hall of Fame.

Advocate for Healthy Kids Meals:
Serve Chicago Kids Better 
September marks the official launch of "Serve Chicago Kids Better," CLOCC's campaign to ensure children around Chicago have healthy options when dining out at restaurants. 
Our City's families deserve access to nutritious meals when they eat out, and parents deserve for those healthful opportunities to be plentiful and readily available. It's time to Serve Chicago Kids Better! 
In previous generations, eating out was considered a treat and special occasion. That is no longer the case in urban areas like Chicago where family schedules are stressed and restaurants are plentiful and affordable. One in every three children in Chicago are eating out at fast-food restaurants on any given day. A factor in this trend: the restaurant industry spends over a half a BILLION dollars marketing to children every year. They market unhealthy foods to children and the marketing works. By designating certain foods for kids' menus or kids' meals, the industry is creating food norms for children which can affect their food preference in other settings. The industry knows its marketing works but continues to encourage children to consume unwholesome food by adding toys to kids meals and branding food and beverages with popular cartoon characters. 
At a time, where kindergarten-aged Chicago children have been found to be overweight at a prevalence rate of 36.5%, more than twice the national average and unhealthy weight in children means kids are at a greater risk for numerous adverse health consequences, including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, etc; now is the time to encourage restaurants in Chicago to do their part to make sure our children have access to healthier meals.  CLOCC's Serve Chicago Kids Better campaign aims to do just that by working with parents, restaurants, Chicago communities, and city officials to explore options for healthier kids' meals in Chicago. 
Visit the campaign's online home to learn more and check out our new fact sheet.  Spread the word through social media that now is the time to Serve Chicago Kids Better!  #servechicagokidsbetter

County's Sweetened Beverage Tax Faces New Round of Challenges
The groundbreaking progress of Cook County's sweetened beverage tax remains under siege as, in late August, County Commissioner Sean Morrison filed a bill to repeal the tax. The bill has been co-sponsored by Commissioner Richard Boykin, Commissioner John Fritchey, Commissioner Timothy Schneider, and Commissioner Jeffrey Tobolski. 

The Cook County Board will consider the ordinance to repeal the sweetened beverage tax at the County Board Meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 13th (118 N. Clark St. in Chicago). Obesity prevention advocates interested attending should contact CLOCC for more information. 
You can also contact your local Commissioner using this tool from the Illinois Public Health Institute.

CLOCC's newsletter on August 22nd detailed two bills filed in the State House of Representatives that were aimed at rescinding Cook County's legal authority to enact the sweetened beverage tax. House bills 4082/83 were scheduled for subject matter hearings (no vote), but both have been postponed. Watch your email for updates.
Contact Katie Danko, CLOCC Advocacy Program Coordinator, with questions.

RSVPQM for CLOCC's Fall Quarterly Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 6th
Health Promotion and Public Education Approaches to Childhood Obesity Prevention
Join the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Childrend tomorrow, Wednesday, September 6th, for the Consortium's Fall Quarterly Meeting. This event will be held in the 11th floor conference center at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

The afternoon's agenda will focus on Health Promotion and Public Education Approaches to Childhood Obesity Prevention. The keynote presentation, "Early childhood obesity prevention using a health literacy-informed approach: the Greenlight intervention," will be presented by H. Shonna Yin, MD, MS, 
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health NYU School of Medicine / Bellevue Hospital Center.
CLOCC Interest Groups will meet from noon to 1:00 p.m. The main session, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., will feature a keynote presentation and a panel of public health and education experts, including:
  • Shirine Andrews-Seals, Health & Wellness Coordinator, TCA Health
  • Gina Massuda Barnett, Director, Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion, Cook County Department of Public Health
  • Meghan O'Boyle & Colleen Lammel-Harmon, Senior Program Specialist & Wellness Manager, Chicago Park District
  • Lyss Welding, Senior Manager, Healthy Living Demonstration, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago
Online registration will close at 5:00 p.m. today.

State P.E. Requirement Rolled Back During Education Budget Process  
Last Thursday, when Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law the school funding formula, he also rolled back the physical education requirement in Illinois.
CLOCC is disappointed by the actions of the Illinois governor and lawmakers who did not speak up for daily P.E. in schools when a proposal to reduce the requirement was packaged with the school funding formula. It is a shame that lawmakers sacrificed the health and well-being of children by adding this measure to SB1947, making the physical fitness of our kids a political bargaining chip. The research is clear -- physically-active kids do better in school. Quality physical fitness can help improve test scores and in-class behavior. Daily P.E. is also one of the many elements that aids in obesity prevention by giving children the opportunity to stay active and fit while teaching kids how to live a healthy lifestyle as they grow.
Reducing the school P.E. requirement to three days per week while allowing more grades to use P.E. waivers to opt-out has weakened the health of Illinois children.  
CLOCC encourages schools in Chicago and across the state to further support the health and achievement of children by maintaining the daily P.E. standard at a local level.

Contact Katie Danko, CLOCC Advocacy Program Coordinator, with questions.

fiveSMART(R) Message Training Slated for Friday, September 22nd    

Join us on Friday, September 22nd, for a fiveSMART(R) message training presented by the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children. Attendees will gain background on CLOCC's new health message for prenatal and early-childhood development (0-3 years). This training will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Children's Home + Aid (Western Office) in Chicago.  

fiveSMART is designed as a companion message for
5-4-3-2-1 Go!(R), and communicates the importance of:

This fiveSMART 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. 
Date: Friday, September 22, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Children's Home+Aid (Western Office),
100 N. Western Ave., 2nd Floor 

The training will be in Training Rooms 1 &; 2 - please confirm at the reception desk. 
The Children's Home + Aid parking in lot is on the south side of Washington. Please do not park in the parking lot adjacent to the building, as that is IL Dept. of Juvenile Justice parking.
Questions can be directed to Elizabeth Gonzalez.


CLOCC's Physical Activity and Built Environment IG to Host Community Event in Rogers Park  
Residents and local organizations, as well as city-wide agencies, are invited to learn about the neighborhood initiatives, resources and programs designed to help adults and children lead healthy lives in Rogers Park. This meeting, driven by CLOCC's Physical Activity and Built Environment Interest Group, will be held on Saturday, September 30th, from 9:00 to Noon, in Pottawattomie Park. (7340 N. Rogers Ave.)  

The agenda will focus on local park programming and the relationship between our health and our surroundings. Special attention will be given to the streets, sidewalks and other infrastructure in the neighborhood. This is also an opportunity to have discussions about the health priorities of the community and shape future improvements to the built environment.

Contact Gladys Hansen Guerra, CLOCC Community Programs Coordinator, with questions.

FifteenSubmit Your CLOCC 15th Anniversary Childhood Obesity Prevention Hall of Fame Nominees
As a centerpiece of CLOCC's 15th Anniversary celebration, the Consortium is building a   "Childhood Obesity Prevention Hall of Fame," which will be unveiled at the December meeting. 

Since CLOCC was founded, there have been 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.  We invite CLOCC partners to help cultivate a list of the 15 things that have had the greatest impact on our field and our work over the last 15 years. 

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

As the December meeting approaches, we'll invite the entire network to vote on the final inductees into our Childhood Obesity Prevention Hall of Fame.

Current nominees include:
  • HBO's "Weight of the Nation"
  • A 2015 report in New England Journal of Medicine "A Potential Decline in Life Expectancy in the United States in the 21st Century"
  • University of Chicago's Reach In Reach Out Program
  • Healthy Places
  • The introduction of Divvy Bikes
  • Chicago Public Schools BMI Data Surveillance
  • CDC's "Communities Putting Prevention to Work Initiative"
  • President Obama's Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Read about these nominees on CLOCC's facebook page and add your own today!

5-4-3-2-1 Go! Resources
fiveSMART Resources

Last week, the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the 14th annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report.

The new report finds that:  

  • Adult obesity rates exceed 35% in five states and 30% in 25 states. 
  • Obesity rates among adults increased in four states (Colorado, Minnesota, Washington, and West Virginia, decreased in one state (Kansas), and remained stable in the rest.
  • Trends have shown steadying levels in recent years.

The 2017 report highlights the next few years as pivotal for the obesity epidemic. It is an urgent call to action for policymakers at all levels, leaders across all sectors, advocates and practitioners to ensure that the progress we've seen continues and our collective accomplishments are not eroded. 


More Childhood Obesity News


  • The primary focus of Healthy Communities Foundation (HCF) is improving the health and well-being of the local communities in its service area. HCF via the 2017 grants is committed to supporting community-based health and human services and programs that are effective, accessible, affordable and culturally competent. Efforts that address the needs of the most socially and economically vulnerable community members are of particular interest. These might include programs and initiatives that improve the quality, comprehensiveness, and coordination of services or those that introduce new models and identify best practices that can contribute to learning.

    Collaborations and strategic partnerships among stakeholders are welcomed. Healthy Communities Foundation believes in energizing the spirit and potential of the local community. We understand that solutions often involve the complex interplay of social, economic and environmental factors that shape health and well-being. To this end, HCF will also support policy/advocacy that informs and drives systems change that benefits the communities.
    For 2017, HCF will consider only one-year requests. Requests may fall into one of the following grantmaking categories:

    Programs and services meeting the guidelines described above
    - Small capital improvements up to $50,000
    - Basic needs and/or responding to an urgent/unanticipated issue in the community
    - Policy advocacy and/or community education and outreach

    Organizations applying must be a 501(c)3. Click here to apply. The application deadline is September 15th.
  • The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are working to create a culture of health through Voices for Healthy Kids. Through this collaboration, and in working with a team of experts across the healthy eating and active living movement, the initiative aims to engage, organize, and mobilize people to help all children grow up at a healthy weight. Voices for Healthy Kids will advance 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.

    Annually, the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation review and revise the Voices for Healthy Kids policy agenda.
    The goal of grant opportunities within this initiative is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children. Voices for Healthy Kids is focusing efforts in schools, community, and early care and education/out-of-school time. All grants awarded within these opportunities will be 100% non-lobbying funding. Applications should support one Voices for Healthy Kids Policy Lever and be submitted by the deadline of September 6, 2017 - 5 PM PST. 
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.