September 3, 2019 - National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) encourages all of our partners to explore new learning resources, participate in policy actions and attend or promote the community events that will help move the needle on childhood obesity prevention in Chicago and beyond.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains an Obesity Awareness Month page, which includes:
The longstanding American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Childhood Obesity Awareness Month page has mostly expired, however the AAP has some exceptional kid health resources which can be explored and promoted in September, including the AAP Parenting Website and the AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight (IHCW). The IHCW is rolling out virtual childhood obesity prevention learning opportunities. Follow them on social media at: @ AAPHealthyWt

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) also maintains a quick and useful toolkit to guide you and your organization to participate  in Obesity Awareness Month. Resources include sample tweets, newsletter templates, links to various resources about nutrition, physical activity, maternal and adolescent health, bikes safety and more. The ODPHP page also promotes this helpful badge (right). 
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Jennifer Norsworthy Joins CLOCC as Community Food Access Manager

Jennifer Norsworthy, MPH, RDN, LDN, has been introduced as the new Community Food Access Manager for the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children. In this role, Jennifer will be managing the healthy food access work of   West Side United (WSU) , a collaboration among six hospitals concerned about reducing the life expectancy gap experienced in 10 west side communities. She will also lead Lurie Children's Hospital's patient-family-focused food insecurity initiatives. 
Jennifer comes to CLOCC with four years of clinical nutrition experience in the health care sector and a wealth of local and international experience in food and nutrition policy, program, and education initiatives. As the leader of the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition (HEN) Dietetic Practice Group (DPG) with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she advocates for equitable and regenerative food and water systems. 
We are excited to welcome Jennifer to our team and encourage you to reach out to her ( if you have an interest in CLOCC's food insecurity and food access work.
Report: When Parents Lack Health Insurance, Kids' Health Suffers

Children's health was linked with parent insurance status, as well as with the overall physical and mental health of the parent, according to results of a new survey released by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH).

"We found that when parents didn't have health insurance, or were unhealthy, or experienced emotional distress, their children's health tended to be worse," says Matthew M. Da
vis, MD, MAPP, Senior Vice-President and Chief of Community Health Transformation at Lurie Children's, and Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, Medical Social Sciences, and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "What we heard from Chicago parents, which is consistent with studies in other communities, underscores that child health does not happen in a vacuum. The family context is crucial in our efforts to improve the health of children and adolescents."

In their analysis, Dr. Davis and colleagues defined "better" health as that which was reported as "excellent" or "very good." Health that was described by survey respondents as "good," "fair," or "poor" was referred to as "worse" health.

Survey results revealed that children with uninsured parents were less likely to be in better health (71 percent) than children whose parents had health insurance (84 percent). Lack of parental health insurance was associated with worse health in children even while 97 percent of children in the survey had health insurance themselves. In the survey, 80 percent of parents had health insurance.

When parents reported being in worse health, their child's health also tended to be worse (70 percent of children were in better health, compared to 93 percent of children whose parents had better health status). Similarly, psychological distress in parents was associated with worse health in children (74 percent of children were reported to be in better health, compared to 83 percent of children whose parents were not in distress).

"These survey results tell us that we must focus on the health of the entire family," says CDPH Acting Commissioner Allison Arwady, MD, MPH. "Child health is a two-generation phenomenon and we need to prioritize the health of both

Sign-on Opportunity for Organizations: Childcare Rules for Nutrition, Physical Activity & Screen Time
Deadline: Friday, September 6th

The Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) worked with early care and education and health advocates in 2014 to update the licensing rules for day care centers (Rule 407) to ensure best practices that support nutrition, physical activity and limited screen time were implemented in child care centers across Illinois. It was later recommended by the Early Learning Council and the Day Care Licensing Advisory Council (CDCLAC) that the rules for day care homes (Rule 406) and group homes (Rule 408) be updated to align with the nutrition/physical activity updates made in Rule 407 for centers. DCFS agreed to make those updates and the CDCLAC prepared to incorporate the recommendations into the rules in 2016. However, policy advocates have recently learned that DCFS no longer plans to include all the best practices in the updates they are about to make to Rules 406 and 408. 

Given how infrequent the rules are "open" for updates, it's critical that DCFS works to align the standards across all care facility types and ensure health and equity for children in Illinois. Please join CLOCC and fellow partners in urging DCFS to include these changes. 
Contact Janna Simon at IPHI by Friday, September 6th, if your organization is interested in signing on to this letter. 
Tell the Mayor to Fund Busways and Safe Streets
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In building the first budget of her administration, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot can chart a new course for the City's transportation network.  Now she must follow through on her  campaign promises to make it safer, healthier, and more affordable to get around Chicago Leading up her budget address on October 16, Mayor Lightfoot is collecting feedback on Chicago's budget priorities. 

Four budget town halls are scheduled for September:
  • September 4th:6-8:00 p.m., Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.,
  • September 14th: 9-11:00 a.m., Roberto Clemente High School, 1147 N. Western Ave.
  • September 19th: 6-8:00 p.m., Southeast United Methodist Youth and Community Center, 11731 S. Avenue O
  • September 25th: 6-8:00 p.m., Lindblom Math &Science Academy, 6130 S. Wolcott Ave.
Chicago residents, please  complete the seven-question survey and consider attending a town hall.
In sharing your feedback, we urge you to highlight two budget asks that Mayor Lightfoot pledged to support during the campaign and early in her new administration:

It's well known that walking and bicycling infrastructure saves lives and boosts the long-term health of residents. Historically, the city has spent little local money on walking and biking -  especially in low-income communities of color where most serious and fatal traffic crashes occur.

2020 Budget Ask: Create a $20 million Safe Streets Fund for street safety projects in the city's highest crash corridors.

Fewer Chicagoans are riding the bus because  service is slow and unreliable. Instead, they are choosing transportation options that are more expensive and less efficient, healthy, and green. Features like dedicated lanes, traffic signal priority, and faster boarding bring riders back the bus and make it easier for all Chicagoans to get around.

2020 Budget Ask: Fund bus priority zone improvements on at least three high-ridership routes.
Comment Deadline Approaching for Proposed SNAP Rule Change That Could Affect 3M Recipients
Deadline: Monday, September 23

On July 23, the Trump administration announced a rule change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, would remove access to nutrition benefits for over 3 million Americans.

SNAP is a hunger and nutrition safety net for 42 million Americans, including 13 million children, living in food insecure households. The program ensures children have access to basic nutrition, such as fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy, and an opportunity to lead a healthy life.

Tell the Trump administration that this proposal would:
  • Sidestep Congress, which recently rejected such harmful proposals when it enacted the 2018 Farm Bill.
  • Fuel rates of hunger and food insecurity by taking food off the tables of working families with children, seniors, and people with disabilities, among others.
  • Prevent children from receiving healthy school meals, putting their health and learning at risk.
  • Create a sicker and poorer nation by denying struggling households the food assistance they need for a healthy, productive life.
  • Harm the economy, grocery retailers, and agricultural producers by reducing the amount of SNAP dollars available to spur local economic activity.

NOTE: It is important to alter all comments to be your own, in order to be considered in governmental review

NEW! Join CLOCC for a 5-4-3-2-2 Go! Training in Pilsen on Friday, September 27th
Final 5-4-3-2-1 Go! Community Training of 2019

Join the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) at Gads Hill Center in Chicago's Pilsen community on Friday, September 27th, for a training session on  5-4-3-2-1 Go!®  , the Consortium's evidenced-based, public education message containing recommendations for children and families to promote a healthy lifestyle. This will be the final 5-4-3-2-1 Go! message training opportunity of 2019, and is the third of three-event community training series which has been supported by Kohl's Cares® .

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, September 27, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Gads Hill Center, 1919 W. Cullerton St., Chicago, IL 60608  

Street parking is available, however attendees are encouraged to use public transportation. 
These trainings have been made possible through the support of Kohl's Cares®.

I-Grow Chicago Peace Fest

Peace Fest is a street festival that focuses on bringing peace, learning, healing and art to the community. This year, Peace Fest will feature 40+ organizations, all of which will either provide a service or a fun activity for I Grow's neighbors.  Peace Fest is a signature event for I Grow Chicago and a celebration of community. Taking place on our Peace Campus in Englewood, this event is meant to be enjoyed by individuals across Chicago, highlighting the hope on Chicago's South Side. Peace Fest is free and open to all ages. Food will be available, along with music, basketball, yoga, a caricature artist, and other activities

Date: Saturday, September 7th, 2019
Time: Noon-3:00 p.m.
Location:  I Grow Chicago, 6402 S Honore St, Chicago, IL 60636
Webinar:  Active and Engaged - Community Outreach Strategies for Health

In January, America Walks explored the new HHS Physical Activity Guidelines and how communities are promoting physical activity. As a next step and in response to the positive feedback, America Walks will offer more information on programs and strategies communities are using to engage individuals to get moving. This webinar is intended for those who are familiar with topics and issues related to walking and walkability. Panelists include Janna Simon, MPH, Program Director for Policy and Partnership Initiatives at Illinois Public Health Institute. 

Date: Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Trauma-Informed Chicago: Connecting for a Resilient Future

Join the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative and the Chicago Department of Public Health at the 2019 Trauma-informed Chicago Summit. The one-day summit will bring together EVERYONE to celebrate and create a vision to make Chicago a trauma-informed city, and will highlight efforts led by the communities, organizations and City government that make up the rich and resilient landscape of Chicago. We will connect, share and provide input on a road-map to creating a resilient Chicago.

Date: Thursday, September 12th, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Location:  UIC Forum, Room 3803,  725 W Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL
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Roll N Peace 4 : Roll N Pink

Think Outside Da Block has committed to change the narrative by hosting the Roll N Peace critical mass bike tour in the Englewood community to promote peace and provide a healing space for community residents. The Roll N Peace critical mass bike tour is an innovative approach to reducing violence in the Englewood community.

Date: Friday, September 13th, 2019
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location:  CTA Green Line, 63rd/Ashland-6315 South Ashland, Chicago, 60636
PlayStreets Chicago - 2019

PlayStreets in Chicago is a collaborative initiative for healthier and stronger communities by creating safe and accessible residential play areas for kids to be active, to learn, and for neighbors to come together. A grant program from the Chicago Department of Public Health supports community-based organizations to provide local leadership in the development of PlayStreets in targeted community areas. A permit program allows residents to establish short-term traffic restrictions on their streets to use as pop-up recreation spaces
Chicago Public Schools Launches Website to Support Five-Year Vision 

The Chicago Public School district's Five-Year Vision (2019-2024) strategic plan was introduced in the Spring of 2019 after an extensive engagement process that incorporated priorities and insights from families, educators, parents and partners in order to develop an inclusive and comprehensive Vision for the future of CPS. The ambitious goals outlined in the Five-Year Vision were developed in partnership with the University of Chicago's Urban Labs through a rigorous, data-informed goal- setting process.

CPS has now launched online resources to detail the Vision plan's goals and to offer parents and educators a road map to goal fulfillment. Included in the plan is the district's commitment to "equity" and "whole child" core values, supporting students so that they are "healthy, safe, engaged and academically challenged." 

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
  • Policies for Action is issuing a special call for proposals to advance health equity by actively seeking new and diverse perspectives from the policy research field. This opportunity will support early-career researchers from underrepresented and historically disadvantaged backgrounds to help us understand and find solutions that promote health equity and foster action on policies and laws that ensure all people in America can attain and preserve good health and well-being. The deadline to apply is 3:00 p.m. (ET) on October 2nd.
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.