September 4, 2018

Rauner Signs the Bike Walk Education in Schools Act

HB 4799, the Bike Walk Education in Schools Act, was signed into law by Governor Rauner on Friday, August 24th. The legislation clarifies the existing traffic safety curriculum for Grades K-8 to specifically include biking and walking safety. Illinois crash data shows nearly five children are hit by drivers every day while walking or biking within one block of a school. The bill, which was strongly supported by Chicago's Active Transportation Alliance, had previously passed both chambers with strong, bipartisan majorities.

Webinar: Talking About Safe Routes to School 

The National Safe Routes to School Organization will host a webinar on September 11 at Noon CT, highlighting successful SRTS communication strategies and platforms that have worked best for communities. Additionally, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership will present a School District Communication Toolkit, which can easily be used by any school or district to talk about Safe Routes to School. Register here. See the bottom section of this newsletter for Safe Routes funding opportunities and also view the new SRTS funding fact sheet. 

School Wellness Resources Available from USDA, CPS 

With nearly half of kids' waking hours spent on a school campus, school wellness policies are critical to addressing the childhood obesity epidemic. Additionally, research shows that healthy, physically active kids perform better academically. Physical education standards, assurances that school meal nutrition guidelines meet the minimum federal school meal standards and health education are all components of a well-rounded wellness policy. 

The USDA maintains a useful online repository of wellness-policy resources, including a large collection of MyPlate content, as well as graphics to appeal to many age groups, a variety of fact sheets, materials in Spanish and a calendar of webinar and training opportunities.  

Locally, Chicago Public Schools uses the Healthy CPS Indicator (video introduction) to streamline and monitor health and wellness initiatives. Resources for parents and staff, including the Healthy CPS Checklist, can be found here. If you have questions about Healthy CPS please contact the Office of Student Health and Wellness.

Hosted by CLOCC:
Exploring the Complex Relationship Between Housing and Obesity 
Nationally, childhood obesity rates have continued to rise, even while communities across the country, including Chicago, have implemented a broad range of evidence-based strategies across all levels of social ecology. In 2018, in place of large quarterly meetings, CLOCC has convened smaller, strategic meetings to focus on the social determinants of childhood obesity. The September meeting will continue this approach. 
On September 19th, join CLOCC staff and partners as we explore the connections between housing and obesity. We invite organizations focused on or interested in the connections between nutrition, physical activity, and housing to join us as we explore the potential mechanisms through which housing affects children's ability to eat healthy and be physically active, and how obesity and related chronic diseases in adulthood can affect housing security for families. We will identify potential solutions and opportunities for collaboration.

If you are unsure if this meeting is appropriate for you or your organization, feel free to contact CLOCC staff at , or Eric Goodwin at (312) 227-7043. 

Date: Wednesday, September 19th
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago Avenue, 11th Floor 

RSVP Today:
Becoming Evaluation Ready: A Free Evaluation Training Session for Community Organizations

The Evaluation Core at Lurie Children's Smith Child Health Research, Outreach and Advocacy Center   along with Northwestern University's Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) , and the Chicagoland Evaluation Association is pleased to offer a free two - hour training session on becoming evaluation ready. 

This session is designed for community organizations and will provide:
  • a working definition of what it means to be evaluation ready for community organizations
  • perspectives on having an evaluation ready organizational mindset
  • insight from community-evaluator pairs that have worked together to implement evaluations
  • tips and tricks to becoming evaluation ready for community organizations
  • networking opportunities
Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago Ave., 11th Floor
  • Light refreshments provided
  • Parking vouchers available (registration required) 
To reserve your seat  contact:  
For more information contact the Smith Evaluation Core at

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  • The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced a new round of Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funding for Illinois. One hundred percent funding is being offered and municipalities and school districts are invited to apply for the benefit.   
    • No local match required
    • Eligible Infrastructure projects include Sidewalk Improvements, Traffic Calming/Speed Reduction Improvements, Traffic Control Devices, Pedestrian and Bicycle Crossing Improvements, On-Street Bicycle Facilities, Off-Street Bicycle Facilities, and Secure Bicycle Parking Facilities.
    • Eligible Non-Infrastructure projects include events, equipment, and supplies that help to address areas of Education, Enforcement, Encouragement, and Evaluation.
    • Applications accepted from Sept 24 to Nov 19, 2018.
    • Click here for details.
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.