July 9, 2019
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RSVP Today for CLOCC's 5-4-3-2-1 Go!® Message Training at Kelly Library

Join the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) at Englewood's historic Kelly Library for a  5-4-3-2-1 Go!®  message training opportunity on Friday, August 2nd. 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.

This free training 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.

If you are unable to attend this training, future dates will be announced for late Summer and early Fall, 2019. 

This training has 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
New Study Links Food Insecurity Among Latinos to Type 2 Diabetes

New research suggests a strong connection between food insecurity and insulin resistance, the underlying problem in type 2 diabetes. Insulin resistance occurs when cells are not able to respond normally to the hormone insulin. Investigators from UConn School of Medicine, UConn School of Dental Medicine, Yale School of Public Health, Quinnipiac University, Hartford Hospital, and the Hispanic Health Council believe that for Latinos with type 2 diabetes, food insecurity may be linked to the disease's development and progression.

Published in the June issue of Journal of Nutrition, the study points to the more than 40 million Americans, including 6.5 million children, who live in food-insecure households where access to nutritionally adequate and safe food is limited or uncertain.

"Our findings support the plausibility of links between food insecurity and poor health," says Dr. Angela Bermúdez-Millán, assistant professor in the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care at UConn School of Medicine. "Resources should be redirected toward ending or decreasing food insecurity, a powerful social determinant of health."

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  • 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.