July 23, 2019
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New Trump Administration Proposal Could Endanger SNAP for Over 3M Recipients

On Tuesday, July 23, the Trump administration was expected to announce a rule change that would fundamentally alter how Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are administered. Under the proposed rule change, over 3 million people would lose access to SNAP benefits, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This is the latest in a series of moves during this presidential administration that have attempted to scale back SNAP access, despite overwhelming resistance from health and education leaders. In 2018, Congress refused to include the Trump administration's proposed SNAP restrictions in the new Farm Bill.   

The new rule change would put a hard stop on benefits for those earning 130% or more of the poverty line, even when the added cost of food would push recipients back below that line. Currently, at least 40 states utilize a "broad-based categorical eligibility option" to address basic food needs of families who may have myriad other financial complications or restrictions placing them in jeopardy of hunger despite gross income over the dollar line for SNAP. The rule change would limit or eliminate the state programs.  Additionally, those who receive benefits through  Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) would be required to pass an income review that determines whether they're eligible for SNAP . This would directly impact food security for hundreds of thousands of children in the U.S.

"By undercutting this option, the proposed rule will only fuel rates of hunger and food insecurity by taking food off the tables of working individuals and families, children, seniors, and people with disabilities," said Jim Weill, President of the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). "It will create a sicker and poorer nation by denying struggling households the food assistance they need for a healthy, productive life. It will put children's health and learning at risk by removing their access to healthy school meals. It will also harm the economy, grocery retailers, and agricultural producers by reducing the amount of SNAP dollars available to spur local economic activity."

As of 2017, approximately 42 million people receive SNAP benefits, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. In Illinois, more than 63% of SNAP participants are members of families that include children.

Any rule change is expected to be accompanied by a 60-day period for comments. Please monitor your inbox this week for calls to action from CLOCC and our partners. 

RSVP for CLOCC 5-4-3-2-1 Go! Message Trainings on August 2nd or August 30th
New Rogers Park Training Announced

The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) will host free
5-4-3-2-1 Go!®  message training opportunities on Friday, August 2nd in Englewood and Friday, August 30th, in Rogers Park. Both events are 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 2, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Chicago Public Library - Kelly Branch, 6151 S. Normal Blvd., 
Chicago, IL, 60621

The Kelly Branch of the Chicago Public Library has street parking available and is accessible via public transit. Please use the Red Line (63rd St. station), Green Line (Halsted St. station) or CTA Bus Route 63.
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.  
These trainings have been made 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. This event is made possible through the support of Kohl's Cares®. Please download the flyer for details.   

Grand Prairie Services to Host Free Mental Health First Aid Workshop in Tinley Park

Grand Prairie Services (GPS) will host Youth Mental Health First Aid Training sessions,  designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.  

The workshop will cover common signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance use disorders In this age group, including:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • ADHD
  • How to interact with an adolescent in crisis.
For dates, times, location and registration instructions, please download the flyer.
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
  • Lyft is creating a $100,000 community grant program available for Chicago non-profits and community-based organizations to increase Divvy use in low to moderate income (LMI) communities. Grants will range from $500-$5,000. Application is open now and will close on July 26, 2019. Contact Johntuanay Johnson for application details, or apply here
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.