April 30, 2019
5-4-3-2-1 Go! Resources
fiveSMART Resources
Welcome Lucy Peterson, CLOCC's New Health Educator

CLOCC is pleased to introduce our new Health Educator, Barbara "Lucy" Peterson. Lucy received her Bachelor of Science Education in Kinesiology (the study of the mechanics of body movement) from the University of Virginia. Her degree provided her with background in basic nutrition and expertise in designing and delivering programs for physical activity, rehabilitation, sport and exercise.

Lucy went on to become a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer and served in Guinea, West Africa, where she was a Maternal and Child Health Specialist conducting education and training related to preventable illnesses and improved nutrition. 

She will be leading CLOCC's education and training efforts related to our 5-4-3-2-1 Go! and fiveSMART messages as well as helping us develop instructive tools related to social determinants of childhood obesity. Lucy can be reached via e-mail at bapeterson@luriechildrens.org. Please join us in welcoming her.

CLOCC's former health educator, Liz Gonzalez, remains in the Smith Child Health Outreach and Advocacy Center at Lurie Children's Hospital as the Program Coordinator for Early Childhood and Home Visiting Initiatives, and can be reached at eagonzalez@luriechildrens.org.
Trust for America's Health Releases Public Health Report
The Impact of Chronic Underfunding of America's Public Health System: Trends, Risks, and Recommendations, 2019

Trust for America's Health (TFAH) recently released its new report, The Impact of Chronic Underfunding of America's Public Health System: Trends, Risks, and Recommendations, 2019. Announced on Wednesday, April 24, the report examines "federal, state, and local public health funding, and recommends investments and policy actions needed to prioritize prevention, effectively address 21st century threats, and ultimately achieve optimal health for all Americans." 

The report sounds alarm bells over insufficient funding levels for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where rising financial demands to address weather emergencies and the opioid crisis result in a funding gap for other areas of public health.  "[The CDC's] funding for effective obesity and community prevention programs is inadequate to sufficiently support every state."   
Safe Routes to School Census Open Through May 10

Safe Routes to School is conducting a census to identify active programs in the United States and beyond. The information will help develop a better understanding of SRTS programs, identify areas that need additional support, and provide better resources and information related to Safe Routes to School in the United States and elsewhere. 

The survey should be filled out by any local, regional, or state SRTS initiative, by whatever name, that takes action focused on getting more kids walking and biking safely to and from school.  If your initiative runs a walking school bus or provides bike education in schools, you are a Safe Routes to School program! 

The census will close Friday, May 10. 
Updates on social, structural and other root causes of obesity
CLOCC continues to expand our focus "upstream" to identify the fundamental root causes of obesity, and to broaden the scope of our obesity prevention strategies. This work coincides with heightened local and national attention to health equity and social determinants of health, such as immigration, education, poverty and racism, all of which have an impact on people's ability to eat healthy and be active where they live, work, learn, and play. If you have comments or questions about this focus, we invite you to reach out to info@clocc.net
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.