$5.8 Million Given to City-Wide consortium to Fight Childhood Obesity

The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) at Children’s Memorial Hospital has announced that it has received $5.8 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to partner with the Chicago Department of Public Health on obesity prevention.  This funding is a portion of $31 million awarded across the country to support public health efforts to reduce obesity and smoking, increase physical activity and improve nutrition.  These awards, funded by the Prevention and Public Health Fund included in the Affordable Care Act, are part of the HHS Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) program, a comprehensive prevention and wellness initiative administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These funds will be used to support initiatives that aim to improve access to healthy food and safe opportunities for physical activity at the city and neighborhood level; employ policy and environmental change strategies to improve safe access to the city's parks, increase retail options available for healthy food purchasing, and help develop tools to integrate urban agriculture and other forms of food production into city and open-space planning across the city, which will ensure equal access to healthy foods for all Chicagoans.

In addition, to implement a public media campaign to encourage Chicago residents to make healthier choices in conjunction with the environmental changes that will facilitate such choices.

The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program housed at Children’s Memorial Hospital.  It is a data-driven effort that brings together hundreds of organizations and individuals in Chicago, with a common goal of protecting Chicago children from the effects of the obesity epidemic. Its primary focus is on children aged zero to five years, their caretakers, and those who work with their parents and caretakers. CLOCC's work is led by community leaders in the health sector and guided by community-based groups from across the city. The shared work of CLOCC's partners cuts across sectors: medicine, government, corporate, academic, advocacy, and others. Currently, there are over 2,500 participants in CLOCC representing over 900 organizations. CLOCC is creating and sustaining the types of multi-level collaborations recommended by our nation's health leaders. It has been identified as a leading community model by the Institute of Medicine, the American Medical Association, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information, contact Chris Kierig, CLOCC Communications Manager, at 312.573.7760 (office) or 773.203.3179 (cell) or visit CLOCC.​

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital, is a 23-story, state-of-the-art hospital located in downtown Chicago on the campus of its academic partner, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Lurie Children’s is ranked as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals in the U.S.News & World Report 2013-14 Honor Roll rankings. Lurie Children’s provides pediatric care in a setting that offers the latest benefits and innovations in medical technology, research and family-friendly design. The hospital relies on philanthropic support to care for more than 149,000 children each year.

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