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RSVP for September 16 Quarterly Meeting

The next Quarterly Meeting will be on Tuesday, September 16 from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Conference Center at UBS Tower, 1 N. Wacker Drive in Chicago. The focus will be on the role of government in childhood obesity prevention. New to CLOCC? Attend the Introduction to CLOCC session from 11 - 11:45 a.m. RSVP to the Intro session and/or Quarterly Meeting to LaShaun Hayes at or 312-227-7100.

Governor Quinn Signs Two Physical Education Improvement Bills

On August 4, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed two important bills that will improve physical education (P.E.) in Illinois schools. Professionally trained P.E. and health teachers will be recognized as "highly qualified," similar to teachers of other subjects, under SB 3274, sponsored by Sen. Linda Holmes and Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit. HB 5397, sponsored by Rep. Rita Mayfield and Sen. William Delgado, implements physical fitness assessments in all schools to help students set individual fitness goals and help teachers address individual student needs. The bill also creates a system to monitor the aggregate fitness levels of Illinois youth over time. CLOCC's Policy and Advocacy Interest Group (PAIG) has been advocating for the passage of these two bills, which are aligned with our policy agenda priority to "get P.E. back into schools every day." This system can provide the state with a deeper understanding of the effectiveness of P.E. in Illinois. It may help provide direction related to P.E. policy and funding in Illinois schools to ensure that all Illinois students are receiving P.E. to help them attain optimum fitness, enabling them to achieve academic success and helping them to develop the skills necessary for an active and healthy life, long into adulthood. CLOCC will continue to work through the PAIG and as a leader in the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO), which also advocated on behalf of these policies, to support the successful implementation of these two new laws.



The calendar is for one-time events only. For ongoing programs, please post your information in the Program Inventory.

Please note that the calendar is only for events promoting childhood obesity prevention - nutrition
and health awareness, physical activity promotion, and meetings and conferences. Submissions go through an approval process before they are posted, so there is a short waiting period before your event appears.

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September 17, 2014 – September 18, 2014
Event name: Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity Conference
Location: Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 201 Broadway St., Normal, IL
Description: The IL Alliance to Prevent Obesity will bring partners together to celebrate successes and provide input into the coalition's strategic direction.
For more information visit event web site
September 27, 2014, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Event name: Family Fitness Fest
Location: 319 Main Street, Park Forest, IL
Description: Bring the Family out for a day of Fitness, Food and Fun. Health Screenings, Fitness Workouts. Family Challenges.
For more information call 708-203-0796
October 10, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Event name: Building Health Equity throughout Chicago through Community Engaged Research
Location: Rush University Medical Center, 1725 W. Harrison St., 5th Floor-Professional Building, Chicago, IL
Description: This free event will bring together investigators, community leaders and stakeholders to share experiences in community engaged health research throughout Chicago and foster opportunities for networking and collaboration.
For more information visit event web site
October 23, 2014
Event name: Chicago Food Day
Location: Daley Plaza, Chicago, IL
Description: Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets for the better and to improve our food policies.
For more information visit event web site
December 11, 2014, 1 - 4 p.m.
Event name: CLOCC Quarterly Meeting
Location: Conference Center at USB Tower, 1 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL
For more information call 312-227-7100
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Job Openings

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Job postings will be active for 30 days from approval. Please follow the instructions in each posting
to apply.

CLOCC will post internship opportunities on this board as they become available. Please respond to specific openings rather than sending in a general request or inquiry.

Business/organization: Action for Healthy Kids
600 W Van Buren Street, Suite 720, Chicago, IL

Title/position: Community Health Worker and Outreach Specialist

Job description: Chicago Community Health Worker and Outreach Specialist

Action for Healthy Kids® fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. We partner with a legion of dedicated volunteers - teachers, students, moms, dads, school wellness experts and more - from within the ranks of our 70,000+ constituency to create healthful school changes.

We are currently seeking an organized, enthusiastic, and motivated professional with vast Chicago connections for an 11-month contracted position (~50 hours/month) of Chicago Community Health Worker and Outreach Specialist. This position is dependent upon Action for Healthy Kids’ receipt of grant funding.

Position Purpose:
The Chicago Community Health Worker and Outreach Specialist is responsible for managing Action for Healthy Kids’ efforts to support funded community initiatives, focusing on bridging the gap between community, families, schools and health care services. This position reports to the Illinois Field Manager.

This position will:

• Conduct all grant community-related deliverables and initiatives;
• Conduct a community assessment of potential community partnerships;
• Conduct community outreach to inform community partners about Action for Healthy Kids’ mission and the mission and related initiatives of the Chicago Public School Office of Student Health and Wellness;
• Recruit, activate, and train community volunteers;
• Engage community-based partners in a community development process that builds their capacity around health and wellness;
• Strengthen existing community connections and facilitate the linking of relevant community-based organizations with local schools;
• Work with school wellness teams to ensure recommended health screenings (e.g. dental, vision, hearing) are conducted (including promoting the availability to families and staff and ensuring students return appropriate consent forms);
• Work with the community to offer guidance for the development of a long-term, sustainable plan that position schools as community hubs for health and wellness;
• Manage the data collection, analysis and results reporting for all grant community initiatives and support completion of required reports to national management staff;
• Communicate success stories on the webpage and social media outlets; and
• Other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will have experience working in Chicago communities of color and with the target population. He or she will be skilled, experienced, and comfortable with community health practices, community organizing and project management, and will be able to collaborate in a fast-paced team setting. The ideal candidate can self-start projects with minimal supervision thanks to exceptional time management and organizational skills. He or she will be a motivated and creative problem solver with strong oral and written communication skills.

Action for Healthy Kids is located in Chicago, Illinois, where this position will be based.

• Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline (e.g. community organizing, community health).
• At least 3-5 years of experience in community organizing, program implementation, project management, and/or relationship management.
• Experience working in underserved communities in the Chicago area (e.g. Pilsen, Little Village, Belmont Cragin, Humboldt Park).
• English/Spanish bilingual
• Strong relationship building skills.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Ability to work independently with minimal day-to-day supervision.
• Ability to efficiently prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and manage time.
• Exceptional computer skills including Microsoft Office, with advanced proficiency in Excel.
• Ability to travel in Chicago.
• Exceptional communications skills - including public speaking experience.
• Articulate, resourceful, imaginative, self-motivated, proactive and able to relate to individuals in a team-like manner.

Action for Healthy Kids is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Send cover letter and resume by July 25, 2014 to:

Action for Healthy Kids
Subject Line: Community Health Worker and Outreach Specialist

Business/organization: Namaste Charter School
PE team
3737 S. Paulina St., Chicago, IL

Title/position: Certified Physical Education Teacher

Job description: Faculty Job Description: Namaste Charter School is looking for dedicated teachers to complete our team for the 2014-2015 school year. Teachers will be selected based on alignment to our mission, relevant experiences, level of training, similar pedagogical beliefs, and demonstration of potential to provide excellent instruction. Teachers must be certified and meet requirements for being a Highly Qualified Teacher through No Child left Behind.
Specifically, we are looking for staff members who:
 Possess an Illinois PE Teacher Certification and ideally certified in Health
 Have the physical ability to actively teach Physical Education for up to six hours per day
 Reflect and improve on teaching using NASPE's appropriate practices in instruction
 Advocate for and be a leader in promoting wellness and physical activity before school, during school and after school
 Will be a resource for classroom and non-classroom teachers on facilitating activity breaks, integrating movement into instruction and teaching health and wellness content
 Monitor, model and correct student participation and behavior during PE class
 Analyze fitness data for instructional planning and school wide program evaluation based on charter promises
 Use a variety of instructional materials, resources and experiences to enhance instruction i.e, visual aids, bulletin boards, iPad/ipod apps, study guides, posters, etc.
 Monitor student progress toward mastery of standards through frequent formal and informal assessments
 Work as a productive, proactive, and contributing member of a team
 Maintain a positive belief in the mission and vision of the school: a holistic approach to movement education integrating cognitive, physical and emotional learning
 Serve as a model of learning and improvement for students and colleagues
 Posses experience working with a diverse student body



Volunteer Available/Volunteer Needed

Fill out this form if you are interested in volunteering or if you are looking for volunteers

To contact a volunteer or respond to a volunteer request:
E-mail your request to and include the Volunteer ID in the subject line.

Volunteer postings will be active for 30 days from approval.

Volunteer ID: 1705
Hours available per week: 25 hrs
Details: I am a recent graduate from Valparaiso University School of Law with a background in Juvenile Law, and an interest in specializing in Health Law. I am also pursuing my physical trainer certificate and have a passion for weight loss and health among children. I volunteer very often with children. Please contact me if there are available hours for volunteer work.

Volunteer ID: 1707
Hours available per week:
Details: Volunteer to Count Pedestrians
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Pedestrian Program seeks volunteers to help count pedestrian traffic at key locations across the city. Reliable pedestrian counts provide critical data for assessing and improving pedestrian safety and walkability as well as tracking city-wide trends in walking to work, school, and transit.

The count contributes to the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project ( and helps meet goals set out in Chicago’s Pedestrian Plan (

When: September 9, 10 & 11 4:30-7:00PM; September 13, 11:30AM-2PM

Where: Streeterville, Albany Park, Near West Side (UIC)
CDOT appreciates your assistance in helping to develop this pedestrian initiative. Please email your interest and availability to Eric Hanss, Pedestrian Program Project Manager, at

To contact a volunteer:
E-mail your request to and include the Volunteer ID in the subject.


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