April 2, 2019
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Physical Education & Transportation Bills Advance in Springfield

Legislative efforts with the potential to improve physical education and transportation/physical activity opportunities in Illinois - both areas of focus for CLOCC and its partners - are moving forward in Springfield. Below, please find short descriptions of the bills, along with their most recent status and opportunities to support them. Please forward any questions to info@clocc.net. 
SB 1189 and HB 2234: Bills to Strengthen Physical Education (P.E.):

These bills update the physical education requirements so that schools provide a minimum of 150 minutes of P.E. per week in elementary schools and 225 minutes of P.E. per week in secondary schools (CDC/SHAPE America best practice).


HB 2234 passed out of the Elementary and Secondary Education School Curriculum & Policies Committee on Thursday, March 28, and has been placed on the House calendar for a second reading. 

The companion bill, SB 1189, had previously advanced out of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, March 20, and is currently on second reading. 

SB 2016: Complete Streets & Trails, Local Grant Program

SB 2016 passed out of the Illinois Senate's Transportation Committee on March 19 and is now on second reading. This bill dedicates 2% of state funds within a transportation capital budget for local governments to implement complete streets walking and biking infrastructure improvements. The funds would be administered through the existing Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) and would supplement federal funding of ITEP. 2% is about $50 million of IDOT capital spending at recent funding levels. It also  prioritizes funds for high-need communities by (1) eliminating the local match requirement for low-income communities (2) setting aside at least 25% of funds for high-need communities based upon median income and tax base. See the fact sheet here.  

Use the Active Transportation Alliance's form below to contact your legislator and urge them to support SB 2016 in future votes. 

Career Opportunities in Public Health 
Check out CLOCC.net

The CLOCC community is encouraged to submit career opportunities in obesity prevention or related areas of focus on the Consortium's website, CLOCC.net. To post a job opening, click here. A CLOCC staff member will review the submission prior to the item going live on the website.  

A significant number of openings are currently live at CLOCC.net, including the following positions:
  • Research Director, Childhood Obesity Prevention - Mission Measurement
  • Research Analyst - Duke University
  • Senior Policy Specialist - The Good Food Institute
  • Health & Wellness Program Coordinator - TCA Health

ChangeLab Solutions Shares
"A Blueprint for Changemakers"
Achieving Health Equity Though Law and Policy

ChangeLab Solutions has recently released A Blueprint for Changemakers: Achieving Health Equity Through Law & Policy . This resource presents legal strategies and best practices to help policymakers, practitioners, and communities improve health outcomes. The Blueprint brings forward strategies for addressing challenges such as income and wealth inequities, disparities in opportunity, structural discrimination and more. Click the link below to access the Blueprint. 

Opportunity to Help Shape the Future of Youth Sports in America
HHS Seeks Comments on Youth Sports Policies

Executive Order 13824 details the Federal administration's aim to expand and encourage youth sports participation. Within the order, Section 2 directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a national strategy to expand children's participation in sports. CLOCC partners are keenly aware of the myriad barriers to youth sports participation in our communities and are encouraged to participate in the process using the steps below. 
HHS is interested in learning about the following topics from organizations working with youth sports:
  • Benefits and barriers to youth sports participation;
  • Private and public strategies to improve youth sports participation;
  • Measurement of youth sports participation; and
  • Strategies to recruit and train youth sports coaches.
HHS is particularly interested in hearing from organizations working with underrepresented populations (e.g., girls, low socioeconomic status, racial/ethnic minorities, youth with disabilities, etc.), and groups with evaluation metrics to support programs.

A public listening session will take place in Washington, DC on Thursday, April 4, 2019. Participants can attend in-person or virtually.  Please use the link below to learn more and to register:

In addition, HHS released a Federal Register Notice this week announcing a public comment period to submit comments on the development of the national youth sports strategy.  The link to learn more and submit comments is here: 

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Chicago Park District Begins Summer Hiring
Share With Your Networks and Help Grow Healthy Habits for Park District Summer Camp Kids

Seasonal work in a summer camp setting is an excellent opportunity for individuals looking to kick off a career working with kids, and the Chicago Park District is now hiring for a variety of summer program positions. Counselors and activity leaders can play a critical role in stopping the " summer slide," when children's health and health behaviors can decline without access to the structured nutrition and physical activity available during the school year.  

Applicants may apply for as many jobs for which they are qualified. Individuals must be at least 16 years of age by June of 2019 in order to work for the District (hiring ages for the District is 16-99). 

Of note, CLOCC - with the support of Kohl's Cares ® - will again be teaming up with the Chicago Park District this summer to introduce 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® messaging to summer camp participants in Rogers Park (Loyola Park), Pilsen (Dvorak) and Englewood (Hamilton).  However, even if an individual is not working in one of these intervention parks, the opportunity to excite and inspire kids around health is exceptionally valuable. Contact info@clocc.net with questions.   

  • In order to get every kid healthy and ready to learn, Action for Healthy Kids' Game On Grants provide funding and resources for schools to improve or introduce new nutrition and physical activity programs. With a $1,000 grant, you can build a school garden, get equipment for active recess, host taste tests, and other nutrition promotion, start a before- or after-school activity club, and more. Grants are available in all states. Applications are open from February 4 through April 5, 2019.
  • Despite wanting to do what's best for students' health, many schools lack the necessary resources to implement health and wellness practices that help students eat better and stay physically active. Action for Healthy Kids provides $1,000 grants to parent groups to help them accomplish their school's student wellness goals. These grants, which are sponsored by ALDI, are designed for parents or parent groups (e.g. PTAs, PTOs, other) to lead school-based physical activity or nutrition initiatives and to engage more parents in student and family health. Applications for parent-led grants for the 2019-2020 school year are open through Friday, April 5, 2019. 
  • Recognizing the potential for a spike in violence in Chicago during the summer months, the Partnership for Safe and Peaceful Communities, a coalition of 40 funders committed to aligning their grant making to support proven and promising approaches to reducing gun violence, will once again administer the Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities, a rapid-response fund for community-led summer activities. For the fourth year, the Fund will support immediate intervention by grassroots groups - on blocks and neighborhoods - working to keep our city's communities safe. The 2019 Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities will award grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to support activities designed to promote peace, build trust, and strengthen relationships, and led by Chicago residents in 21 prioritized communities (full list in the RFP). These could include educational events, group or youth activities, recreational activities, festivals, performances, activities that improve community-police relationships, and more. Applications must be submitted by April 10, 2019. To apply, organizations should prepare a short proposal and budget, and have 501(c)3 nonprofit status or partner with an organization that has that status, and have an annual operating budget of no more than $500,000. 

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.