October 15, 2019
CLOCC's fiveSMART Training is this Friday; RSVP Today
Obesity Prevention for Prenatal and Early Childhood Years

Research shows that a need for promoting healthy weight starts at the earliest stages. Join the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) on Friday, October 18th, for a detailed training on fiveSMART┬« , our health message for prenatal and early-childhood (0-3yr) obesity prevention.

fiveSMART is designed as a companion message for  5-4-3-2-1 Go!┬«,  based on research that supports recommendations for Sleep, Meals & Snacks, Activity, Role Modeling & Responsiveness, and Things to Avoid. Messaging is tailored for prenatal care, ages 0-12 months and ages 1-3 years.   

This  fiveSMART training opportunity will be relevant and useful for day care providers, pediatricians, OB physicians, family practitioners, home visitors and anyone who works with pregnant women or children aged 0-3.  

There is no cost to attend the training. This meeting has limited capacity, so please RSVP early.  

Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: The Metro YMCA, 7th Floor, 1030 W. Van Buren Street, Chicago, IL 60607

Please note: Metered street parking is available. The YMCA of Metro Chicago is located near the UIC-Halsted and Racine stations on the CTA Blue Line. 
5-4-3-2-1 Go! Resources
fiveSMART Resources
Community Research Training: Storytelling
Presented by C3, the Chicago Consortium for Community Engagement

Storytelling is what connects us to our humanity. It allows us to digest information more easily because it connects information with emotions. Learn how to make your message resonate and come to life as you speak and engage with key stakeholders. Everyone has a story. 

This training opportunity is hosted by C3, the Chicago Consortium for Community Engagement. C3 is a network of academic research institutions & community stakeholders that connects & leverages resources of community engagement programs of Chicago's 3 Clinical & Translational Science Institutes (CTSIs)- Northwestern University, The University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM), a partnership between the University of Chicago and Rush in collaboration with Advocate Health Care, the Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University Chicago and NorthShore University Health System.

Trainers: Leigh Madden, Senior Vice President - Public Communications, Inc. & Tamara Hamlish, PhD, Research Scientist/Anthropologist - University of Illinois at Chicago

Training is free to attend, and continental breakfast will be provided.

Please note that registration preference will be given to community-based organizations, based on space.

Date: Thursday, November 14th, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: CDPH Besley Center, 1642 Besley Court, Chicago, IL, 60642
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
  • America Walks has seen firsthand that the passion, innovation and hard work of advocates and local organizations to advance safe, equitable, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and move are what create the foundation for walkable communities across the US. This grant program will work to provide support to the growing network of advocates, organizations, and agencies using innovative, engaging, and inclusive programs and projects to create change at the community level.

    Funded projects should:
    • Increase physical activity and active transportation in a specific community
    • Work to engage people and organizations new to the efforts of walking and walkability
    • Demonstrate a culture of inclusive health
    • Create and support healthy, active, and engaged communities
  • The Community Innovation Grants Program has been designed to allow the United Fresh Start Foundation to collaborate with like-minded stakeholders to increase children's access, selection, and consumption of fresh produce while they are outside of school.The 2020 program is focused on supporting visionary initiatives and research that not only increases children and families' access to fresh produce, but also broadens selection and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, whether at home, on weekends, during the summer, while out to eat, or any other time outside the traditional school day. Learn more, or apply by December 1, 2019.
  • Each year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) supports communities across our state through its grants and sponsorships. Community Investments at BCBSIL are divided into two areas: grants and sponsorship. In Illinois, grants are awarded to direct service health and human service organizations with 501(c)(3) status. Funding is distributed through two separate funding streams: Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Grants and Community Partners Grants. Grants are for 1 year only. Organizations may apply through either funding stream (but not both). Funding is competitive, so organizations should assess alignment with each streams' funding priorities. The LOI window will open on January 21. 
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Office on Women's Health (OWH) jointly announce the YES Initiative in collaboration with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and in consultation with the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and the Office of the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition (PCSFN). The YES Initiative seeks to identify characteristics of effective collaborations that improve physical activity and nutrition via increased sports participation. YES Initiative applicants should propose to address unhealthy physical activity and nutrition behaviors among racial/ethnic minority and socio-economically disadvantaged youth (including, specifically girls), and provide opportunities to learn skills and gain experiences that contribute to more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier life choices.  Applicants should have capacity to develop and implement sports fitness programs based on successful evidenced-based strategies for youth engagement.  The application due date is May 31, 2019.
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.