National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and I would like to welcome you all to participate in this important issue. FORWARD places a high priority on reducing the rates of childhood obesity in DuPage County, as highlighted in the annual FORWARD BMI report. Over the next 3 years, FORWARD will work with community leaders and key stakeholders to improve nutrition and physical activity within schools, worksites, and for children in the early childhood years. This work needs your helps and I invite each one of you to become familiar with the three-year goals below, and to partner with FORWARD to help us meet or exceed the objectives. When you are ready to assist in making change, you can check out resources and next steps here: for worksites , for early childhood centers , and for schools .

Ann Marchetti
FORWARD Director
Healthy Lifestyles Goals for December 31, 2018 in DuPage County

Through policy, system, and environmental changes, reduce obesity prevalence from:
  • 23.9% to 22.7% in adults aged 20 and older
  • 15.1% to 14.4% in kindergarten, sixth grade, and ninth grade public school students
  • 15.7% to 14.9% in 2-4 year olds enrolled in WIC (the USDA's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children)
How Are We Going to Do It? 

FORWARD is focusing its efforts on worksites, WIC and early childhood centers, and schools. If you are ready to reach out to your worksite, early childhood center, or school to assist them in making change, be sure to check out resources and next steps here: for worksites for early childhood centers , and  for schools .

To view the full action plan, check out  the action plan on the Impact DuPage website. Click here  to view and track progress toward completing strategies and reaching objectives. 
Provide Your Feedback on FORWARD
FORWARD is looking for your feedback! In order to assess your overall satisfaction and the impact of FORWARD on DuPage County, please take this short, two question survey.
Worksite Wellness
Worksite Wellness Conference in Aurora
The Healthy Living Council of Greater Aurora is hosting a worksite wellness conference in Aurora on September 16. Conference goals include informing employers about the evidence of promoting and sustaining healthy living in the workplace and showcasing products and services to help businesses improve worksite wellness. Click here to register.

How to Improve Your Worksite Wellness Program
Ready to improve your worksite wellness program? Try getting a baseline by completing the CDC's Worksite Health ScoreCard or   American Heart Association's Health Achievement Index. Then receive evidence-based suggestions for improving your score and your program.

Speakers Wanted for Workplace Wellness Symposium
The American Heart Association Metro Chicago Workplace Wellness Symposium 2017 will take place on April 11 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. Organizers are seeking presenters; speaker application deadline is November 1.  Click here for the speaker application.
Statewide training opportunity for physical educators - Professional development hours
The Illinois Public Health Institute has now opened registration  for the   FREE  day-long   Pump Up P.E.: Promote Health, Learning and Lifelong Fitness   trainings for physical educators we're offering   statewide   in the 2016-17 school year!

Action for Healthy Kids' School Health Team Training
Attention school staff, teachers, district staff, community members, parents, and health professionals! Attend a free Action for Healthy Kids' School Health Team Training on October 20 to learn best practices for school health and wellness and to give your school wellness committee the knowledge they need to work more effectively. You'll learn about making the case for wellness, gathering your team, assessing & tracking progress, creating and implementing an action plan, finding activities for nutrition and physical activity, engaging families and communities, and receiving recognition. 4 CPDUs available. Register  here . Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 4:30-8:00pm at Naperville Central High School, 440 West Aurora Ave, Naperville, IL.

Walk to School Day Registration Now Open
Grab you backpack and lace up your shoes, it's time to   register   for International Walk to School Day! On October 5, students, families, school and community partners, and mayors around the country will bring light to safety concerns, celebrate the benefits of walking, and mark a special occasion - the 20th celebration of Walk to School Day in the USA.

SRTS Online Week of Action Resources
This school year, we challenge you to take the pledge to walk and bike to school. You have the power to make your school healthier and safer! Click here for more information.

Action for Healthy Kids Webinar Schedule
These webinars  have everything you need to create a health promoting school. They range from walking and running initiatives, to navigating school wellness policies and the HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms application, to parent resources.

Introducing Mighty Mini Farm to School Lessons!
Want to learn how to build a cost effective salad bar that students will love, featuring local foods and more? Interested in marketing your program, or learning innovative ways to fund your program? Check out the new online lessons - all from 10 to 20 minutes long!

Local Wellness  Policies
Does your school district have a strong wellness policy? Find out how your school can implement one that supports healthy eating and physical activity for all students: 

Getting Ready for Back to School? It's MyPlate Quiz Time!
T hink you know a lot about the five food groups? The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion - the group that created MyPlate - just released a set of  quizzes on the five food groups . These quizzes, designed to challenge, teach, and even entertain, are intended for anyone who wants to learn about the food groups or wants a refresher - adults and kids alike. Click  here  to read more.

Get Your Schoolyards Open!
Many school recreational facilities are locked up after class. Want your district to consider an "open use" policy that unlocks school fields, playgrounds, and other facilities after class so local families can safely play and be physically active? Download this free toolkit to get started. 
Policy Updates
New Rules for Wellness Policies: What You Need to Know
In late July, the USDA released its final rule on local school wellness policies, which will help to make policies stronger, more collaborative and more effecti ve.  What does the final rule mean for your local school?  F ind out by  watching a quick video  and learn about the ways in which the Alliance can support your school or district in updating and implementing its wellness policy.

Purchases of Sugary Drinks in Berkeley Decline Following Soda Tax
Five months following the implementation of the nation's first penny per ounce tax on sugary drinks, purchases of such beverages declined by 21 percent among residents in lower-income neighborhoods in Berkeley, California, while consumption of water increased by 63 percent, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health

American Heart Association's Added Sugar Recommendations
The American Heart Association (AHA) has released recommendations regarded added sugar consumption for children. The AHA recommends children 2-18 consume less than six teaspoons (24 grams) of added sugars per day. Children and teens should limit their intake of sugary drinks to no more than eight ounces weekly. The recommendations also advise that children under the age of 2 years should not consume foods or beverages with added sugars, including sugary drinks. Check out the full statement here
Upcoming Events
Illinois Bike Summit
Don't miss this unique, once-a-year opportunity to network with advocates, professionals, business leaders, and elected officials from all corners of the state. Leave inspired and better equipped to improve bicycling in your community. The summit will focus on Better Biking for All. September 19, from 9:30am-3:30pm at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Click here for more details and to register. 

Overcoming Obesity 2016 in Chicago
Overcoming Obesity 2016  offers practicing clinicians the opportunity to learn about treating obesity and obesity-related conditions in preparation for the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) certification exam.  The conference-hosted by the Obesity Medicine Association (OMA)-takes place in Chicago from September 21-25  and is worth up to 30 CME credit hours.

Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity In-Person Coalition meeting
Registration is now available for the annual in-person IAPO coalition meeting at the Illinois State University Alumni Center in Normal, IL on September 28. Network, share ideas, and provide input into the 2017 IAPO advocacy agenda at the meeting, scheduled from 10am-3pm. Speakers include Giridhar Mallya, Senior Policy Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Jack Kaplan, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, United Way of Illinois.   Read the flyer   for more information.

Food Summit
You and colleagues are encouraged to attend the 2016 Change Institute summit on September 30 and October 1, hosted by the Cook County Dept. of Public Health in collaboration with Loyola University and UIC SPH MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice. The summit will focus on the impact of food on population health. Click here for details and registration.
Other News
Apps that Encourage Gamers to Move
Click here to read the full article.

DuPage Eyes Public Transit, Bikes to Boost Economy
In a panel presentation and a subsequent interview, new Choose DuPage President and CEO John Carpenter said "closing the last-mile commute issue" is one of four things the group will focus on to revitalize the county's economy. Click here to read the full article.

New Report - The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America
Last week, Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the 13th annual report, The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America .  The report found that U.S. adult obesity rates decreased in four states (Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio), increased in two (Kansas and Kentucky) and remained stable in the rest, between 2014 and 2015, This marked the first time in the past decade that any states have experienced decreases - aside from a decline in Washington, D.C. in 2010.  The report also finds that childhood obesity rates have stabilized, while declining among 2-5 year olds.  But significant racial and ethnic inequities remain. 

Need Help with an Active Transit Project?
Apply for free  technical assistance from Smart Growth America to develop tools, guidance, and other resources for enhancing transit-oriented development (TOD) within transit corridors or around a public transportation station, and in economically distressed communities.. Any unit or subdivision of state, regional, local, or tribal governments with an active federally funded transit capital project is eligible. Deadline October 7.
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