, Volume 45, Issue 1 Supplement, pp 11-13
Date: 19 Jan 2013

Using Evidence to Create Active Communities: Stories from the Field—Policy and Research with Chicago’s Child Care Centers: a Commentary to Accompany the Active Living Research Supplement to Annals of Behavioral Medicine

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The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program housed at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago [1]. This network connects hundreds of organizations to implement evidence-based approaches to protect children from the obesity epidemic. 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. CLOCC’s primary focus is on children aged 0 to 5 years, their caregivers, and their communities. Its work is led by a multi-disciplinary team of staff and advisors and guided by community partners from across the city. CLOCC’s partners cut across medicine, government, corporate, academic, advocacy, and other sectors. Currently, there are over 3,000 individuals representing over 1,200 organizations who participate in the consortium. Many are in the Chicago area and participate in a variety of con