August 6, 2019
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Four in 10 Chicago Parents Live in a Community with Limited Grocery Access
Lack of Access Linked to Healthy Eating Challenges for Kids 

Four in 10 parents live in a Chicago 
community area with limited grocery access, and they report more challenges to healthy eating for their children, such as time for sit-down family meals, cost of healthy foods, and convenience of fast food, according to results of a new survey released by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Parents who live in a community area with limited food access were more likely to report many challenges to their children's healthy eating (30 percent) than those who did not live in a community area with limited food access (18 percent). Lower household income, which can be a proxy for food access, also was tied to higher odds of parents listing many challenges to healthy eating for their children. Thirty-nine percent of parents with a household income below the federal poverty line report many challenges to their children's healthy eating compared with 12 percent of parents with a household income 400% above the federal poverty line.

"In this report, we are able to understand parents' voices in the context of what is known about their access to fresh groceries," says Matthew M. Davis, MD, MAPP, Senior Vice-President and Chief of Community Health Transformation at Lurie Children's, and Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, Medical Social Sciences, and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "This is not only an issue of nutrition. Better access to grocery stores and fresh fruits and vegetables helps kids be healthier overall, learn better in school and avoid future health issues, such as obesity."

"These findings underscore the importance of continuing to address limited food access as it affects the health of multiple generations," says CDPH Acting Commissioner Allison Arwady, MD, MPH. "We need to focus on community-level strategies that make healthy eating easier, in addition to those that support parents and children, when addressing problems as complex as food access in Chicago neighborhoods."

City of Chicago Launches Website to Promote 2020 U.S. Census Resources

The City of Chicago has unveiled a new website to support efforts for a complete and accurate count in the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census. Announced on July 30th, provides detailed resources for residents from the U.S. Census Bureau and from local organizations. Included in the website are the census timeline, as well as answers to anticipated questions about internet access, safety, privacy and confidentiality .

The government relies on census data to distribute nearly $700 billion in federal funds, which support school lunch programs, healthcare, infrastructure and more. According to the website, for each person missed during the census, the City risks losing $1,400, as well as representation in Congress.

"While the 2020 census kicks off next April, the City isn't wasting any time in preparing for a full count that will ensure every resident is represented, and that Chicago gets our fair share from the federal government," said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. "The inclusion of every Chicagoan is essential to the 2020 census count, and over the next several months our team will be working hard to ensure that all residents, even in the hardest to reach places, have the information and the comfort they need to participate." 

The new 2020 census website is fully accessible to every user, providing detailed information available in several languages including Spanish, Polish, Mandarin, Arabic and Tagalog. It also lists ways to get involved in the 2020 census including how to work for the U.S. Census Bureau  
Submit a Comment to Oppose the SNAP Rule Change That Could Affect 3M Recipients 

On July 23, the Trump administration announced a rule change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, would remove access to nutrition benefits for over 3 million Americans.

SNAP is a hunger and nutrition safety net for 42 million Americans, including 13 million children, living in food insecure households. The program ensures children have access to basic nutrition, such as fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy, and an opportunity to lead a healthy life.

Read more about the Rule Change here.

By law, the rule change must be preceded by a comment period, and all unique comments must be considered.

Please join CLOCC and take advantage of resources put forth by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), to submit a comment and oppose the Rule Change.

Tell the Trump administration that this proposal would: 
  • Sidestep Congress, which recently rejected such harmful proposals when it enacted the 2018 Farm Bill.
  • Fuel rates of hunger and food insecurity by taking food off the tables of working families with children, seniors, and people with disabilities, among others.
  • Prevent children from receiving healthy school meals, putting their health and learning at risk.
  • Create a sicker and poorer nation by denying struggling households the food assistance they need for a healthy, productive life.
  • Harm the economy, grocery retailers, and agricultural producers by reducing the amount of SNAP dollars available to spur local economic activity.
NOTE: It is important to alter all comments to be your own, i n order to be considered in governmental review.
Loyola Park
Join CLOCC in Loyola Park for 5-4-3-2-1 Go! Message Training on August 30th
Registration Now Open

The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) will host a free
5-4-3-2-1 Go!®  message training opportunity on Friday, August 30th, in Rogers Park. The training will take place in the Loyola Park Field House and is now open for registration.

5-4-3-2-1 Go! is the Consortium's evidenced-based, public education message containing 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.

These free, provider-oriented training opportunities 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.
Date: Friday, August 30, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Loyola Park Field House, 1230 W Greenleaf Ave,
Chicago, IL 60626

Loyola Park is located on the Lakefront, and is a short, 10-minute walk from the Morse station of the CTA Red Line. Additionally, metered parking is available in two nearby lots.  
This training is possible through the support of Kohl's Cares®.


CLOCC, the Chicago Park District, Heartland Health Centers and Howard Area Community Center will team up to host Roll SAFE, a family health and fitness showcase, at Loyola Park on Saturday, August 17th. The event will take place from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and feature bike safety training, fitness sessions, cooking demonstrations, team sports and opportunities to meet and talk with health and wellness providers. There will also be a limited number of free bike helmets distributed to kids. Please download the flyer for details.   

Roll SAFE is possible through the support of Kohl's Cares®.

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
American Academy of Pediatrics Issues First Policy on Racism's Impact on Child Health 

AAP, July 29, 2019 -- In a new policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has taken the next step to incorporate and specifically address racism's impact on child and adolescent health.  The policy,  The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health , from the Section on Adolescent Health, Council on Community Pediatrics and Committee on Adolescence is available here and will be published in the August issue of  Pediatrics .

Racism is defined in the AAP context as a "system of structuring opportunity and assigning value based on the social interpretation of how one looks (which is what we call 'race') that unfairly disadvantages some individuals and communities, unfairly advantages other individuals and communities, and saps the strength of the whole society through the waste of human resources," as described by Camara Phyllis Jones, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

The new policy is informed by a historical perspective of the factors that have led to the persistence of racism and how institutional (structural), personally mediated (interpersonal) and internalized (self-directed) racism undermines individual and population health outcomes.
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.