March 19, 2019
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
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Transportation, Physical Activity Bills Make their Debut in Springfield

The 101st Illinois General Assembly is underway and several pieces of legislation with the potential to impact the health of Illinois' children and families will be heard in committee the week of March 18th. Below, please find short descriptions of the new bills, along with active opportunities to record your support or opposition via witness slip. Please forward any questions to  
SB 1189 and HB 2334: 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).


These bills are up for hearings this week: SB 1189 will be considered by the Senate Education Committee TODAY, Tuesday, March 19 at 1:00 PM and HB 2334 is scheduled to for a hearing in the House Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee on Wednesday, March 20 at 10:00 AM.

SB 2016: Complete Streets & Trails, Local Grant Program

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.

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. 

This bill is up for hearing in the State Senate Transportation Committee TODAY, Tuesday, March 19 at 5:00 PM.

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 with questions.   

2019 PlayStreets LOIs Accepted Now Through March 22nd

Gads Hill Center is leading the 2019 PlayStreets initiative in Chicago's North, West, & South sides, and is looking to collaborate with 30 community-based organizations to bring this Chicago Department of Public Health community engagement initiative to communities across the city.

PlayStreets encourages community residents to lead active and healthy lifestyles through the creation of safe, fun, and accessible spaces that promote physical wellness and healthy communities, provide additional health services, and strengthen community relationships by engaging community leaders and its residents.

March 22nd - Final Day LOIs accepted for 2019 consideration
April 1st - Final Day invites for Final Proposals sent via email
May 1st - Final Day Proposals accepted for 2019 consideration
May 8th - 2019 PlayStreets Implementing CBOs announced

Letters of Interest (LOI) will be accepted until March 22nd. Contact Gabriela at or (312) 226-0963×291 for more information about joining PlayStreets efforts in Chicago's North, West, and South area communities.  Learn more here. 

Participate in the Vision Zero Driver Survey

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Vision Zero initiative is collaborating with graduate students at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago to collect firsthand information about driving behaviors. Survey results will help to inform the design of programs aimed at reducing vehicle crashes. Responses will be confidential and anonymous and will only be analyzed together with all other survey responses.

Safer streets create better environments for walking, cycling and other forms of active transportation. Please complete this survey and share with your networks. 

Lurie Children's SCHROA Evaluation Core 
to Host Free Training on March 20th

The Evaluation Core of the Smith Child Health Research, Outreach and Advocacy (SCHROA) Center at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago is offering a FREE evaluation training:  "Creating Pre and Post-Program Surveys for Program Evaluation" on March 20th, 2019. This session will be held from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Join Maryann Mason, PhD, and Sarah Welch, MPH, as they lead an interactive workshop on the use of surveys in program evaluation including:
  • Determining when surveys are an appropriate method
  • Tips and techniques for adapting/creating surveys
  • Pre and post survey administration strategies
  • The basics of pre to post survey data analysis
  • Networking opportunities
Seats are limited and RSVP is required. 

Contact: to secure your spot.  

For more about the Evaluation Core, click here
  • Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC) is pleased to announce the availability of funding to advance the Healthy Chicago 2.0 vision for the city. The 2019 Healthy Chicago 2.0 Seed Grant aims to build community power to address local conditions that influence health and fund projects that improve the built environment so that residents can live in healthy communities. This funding is aligned with a larger collaborative effort, Elevated Chicago (Elevated), to drive systems change towards greater racial equity in the built environment. This Request for Proposals (RFP) is available to projects that aim to improve community walkability within a ½ mile radius of one of the seven selected Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) train stops identified by Elevated. By improving walkability, these projects will promote safety, physical activity, social connectedness, and the use of more active modes of transportation like walking and public transit - all of which are good for health. The review process is underway and all proposals are due March 19, 2019. 
  • 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. 
  • NEW **  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.