September 1, 2021
One in every five American children has obesity, placing them at increased risk for asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Children with obesity are also more likely to experience bullying, social isolation, depression, and lower self-esteem (CDC). As the Covid-19 pandemic has progressed, obesity has also been to linked to severe illness and death among adults who contracted the virus. A still-growing concern for the medical and child health community is the role the pandemic has played in significantly increased rates of obesity in children. Disruptions to community and school nutrition safety nets, lack of access to sports and physical activity, economic hardship and stress are among the ongoing challenges faced by families in the pandemic, and experts are just beginning to quantify their long-term effects on kids' health.

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, presenting an opportunity for CLOCC partners to reaffirm the importance of children's access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunities, and to remain diligent in identifying and addressing the upstream factors which contribute to the vast health disparities in our communities. Below, find resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), designed to inform and guide your obesity-prevention work this month and year-round.

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AHA Urges Advocates to Support Rebuilding our Public Health and Preparedness System

The American Heart Association (AHA) has issued a call to action for individuals to contact their Senators in support of the Public Health Infrastructure Saves Lives Act (SB 674, PHISLA). The bill would establish a Core Public Health Infrastructure Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), awarding grants to state, local, tribal and territorial health departments to ensure they have the tools, workforce, and systems in place to address existing and emerging health threats and reduce health disparities. A fact sheet for SB 674, PHISLA, which includes a list of endorsing organizations, can be found here.
Policy and Research Fellow (Consultant),
Metropolitan Planning Council, Economic Security for Illinois

This position is responsible for building a portfolio of research products that advance the goals of the Future of Work Task Force in Illinois. Topics may include workforce development, automation and its impact on employment, and worker support policies such as direct cash assistance policies and programs, among others. The ideal candidate will have a strong track record of research experience related to public policy, labor or business, workforce development, worker protection policies, anti-poverty programs, economic inequality, or related areas.
Assoc. Director of Health and Population Specific Programs, Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Associate Director of Health and Population Specific Programs has strategic and operational responsibility for food access program partnerships with health care entities and other organizations uniquely focused on the needs of older adults, people with disabilities and veterans. Often individuals coping with food insecurity have the double burden of managing diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, and depression. Disproportionately Black and Brown communities are impacted. This role will prioritize -evolving equitable program interventions addressing social determinates of health, including food insecurity screenings and nutrition education as well as produce and prepared meal distribution programs. The Associate Director is responsible for partner management, program processes and execution.
CMAP's State of the Region
Thursday, September 7th, 10:00-11:30 AM CT
Virtual Event

Join the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) on Thursday, October 7, for its first-ever State of the Region virtual event. This year’s theme, Prosperity with Purpose, looks at progress toward building an inclusive and thriving northeastern Illinois.

Executive director Erin Aleman will deliver a state of the region address, featuring results of CMAP’s new public opinion survey. The findings reveal residents’ attitudes toward key quality-of-life issues and identify successes and challenges across our region. They also uncover how COVID-19 has affected practices and preferences around transportation, open space, and more.
20 Years of Progress:
What We Know About Physical Activity and What You Can Do
Presented by the CDC DNPAO
Thursday, September 30th, 1:00-2:00 PM CT
Virtual Event, Registration Required

The DNPAO Seminar Series showcases the latest research, guidelines, and successes. The Seminar Series is for partners, public health practitioners, and other professionals interested in nutrition, physical activity, and obesity.

For the September 30 session, we will discuss a new report that reviews 20 years of physical activity in the United States. Overall, adults are more physically active than they were 20 years ago. Yet important differences exist among some racial groups, across income levels, and among people with chronic health conditions. We'll also discuss what can be done to improve physical activity for everyone.
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CLOCC focuses upstream to identify the fundamental root causes of obesity, and to broaden the scope of our obesity prevention strategies. This work draws from local and national attention to health equity and social influencers 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
As our public health community responds collectively to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, CLOCC will work to provide partners with timely, useful information to help leaders, organizations and families. Suggestions for this newsletter feature can be forwarded to
For questions related to testing criteria and general information about COVID-19 and children, please contact the COVID-19 Call Center at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital at 312.227.5300. The Call Center is staffed by Lurie Children’s nurses and is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CT, and Saturday, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM CT.



  • Today, more than ever, it is important to keep one's body and mind, active and healthy. Through the efforts of the staff of the Chicago Park District, who focus on keeping Chicagoans active all year-long, a collection of activities is offered to help Chicago families stay active at home at your leisure.



  • CLOCC has introduced "CLOCC Healthy at Home for Chicago Public Schools" a free, comprehensive collection of resources to assist teachers, staff and Healthy CPS partners provide kids and families with knowledge and resources to assist with schooling at home during the pandemic.

  • The Role of Work in Health Disparities in the U.S.: This NIH Funding Opportunity will support innovative population-based research that can contribute to identifying and characterizing pathways and mechanisms through which work or occupation influences health outcomes and health status among populations with health and/or health care disparities, and how work functions as a social determinant of health. Open date: September 5th, 2021.
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