Power Up! A “Dinger” in Childhood Obesity Prevention

Over the past five years, the Power Up! Program has proudly engaged community partners of all ages on the importance of living a healthier lifestyle and reducing the incidence of nutrition-related chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and juvenile arthritis. Power Up has undertaken multiple nutrition presentations and events which continue to impact the community.

Partnership News

The year 2015 concluded our partnership year with the Chicago White Sox/MLB, exclusively sponsored by the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital. This collaboration to fight childhood obesity and promote baseball-themed activities was a huge hit! (Pun totally intended.) Additionally, Power Up! had the terrific opportunity to host baseball clinic events with four outstanding community schools: Woodlawn Community School, Langford Academy and UofC Charter Schools including Woodson Elementary and North Kenwood Oakland (NKO) Academy. Nearly 200 Power Up All Star students received the opportunity of a lifetime applying drills, sprints, in-field/out-field baseball techniques and more with the Chicago White Sox/MLB organization.

Thank You

The Power Up! Nutrition and Physical Activity Program would like to thank the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital , the University of Chicago Medicine Marketing Department along with the Chicago White Sox/MLB organization for positively affecting the awareness of childhood obesity and promoting physical activity through the Power Up All Stars Series 2013-2015.

This year marks a new year and continued collaborations with the Pilot Light Chefs Organization and partner CPS school Langford Academy. Power Up will join forces with Pilot Light for nutrition education while learning tastes, behaviors and preferences of 3rd – 5th grade students via lessons in science, social studies, math and language arts. To learn more about Pilot Light Chefs, visit www.pilotlights.com.

If your school or organization would like a presentation on healthy eating and physical activity promotion, please contact us by phone at (773) 753-9941 or by email to amsteenes@uchicago.edu.

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