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5th Annual Diabetes Cook Off Contest a Success!

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November 30, 2016 — The South Side Diabetes Project hosted its 5th Annual Diabetes Cook Off Contest at Washburne Culinary Institute at Kennedy King College on November 15, 2014. Hosted annually by the South Side Diabetes Project during National Diabetes Month, the cook off is a live competition judged by a panel of food, health, and wellness experts. This contest is an opportunity for amateur cooks from the community to compete and share great tasting, healthy recipes and to demonstrate just how easy and enjoyable and affordable healthy cooking and healthy living can be. Recipes in four categories, side dish, entrée, dessert, and snack, were judged for a grand prize of $1,000. This free and family-friendly event is preceded by a community resource fair with free flu shots and health information. Improving Diabetes Care and Outcomes on the South Side of Chicago is a project spearheaded by CCDTR Associate Director Dr. Monica Peek and CCDTR Director Dr. Marshall Chin. The project engages patients, providers, clinics, and community partners to improve the health care and outcomes of African-Americans living in the South Side of Chicago. Click here to learn more!


CCDTR researchers report disparities in diabetes screening for Asian Americans


An article by CCDTR investigators Liz Tung, Arshiya Baig, Elbert Huang, and Neda Laiteerapong was featured in Science Life today. Dr. Tung discussed their findings that Asian Americans are less likely to be screened for diabetes than other racial and ethnic groups despite a high prevalence of undiagnosed diabetes in this population. Click here to read the post.

CCDTR Investigators Receive Awards at Midwest SGIM


CCDTR investigators were recognized for their work at the Society of General Internal Medicine Midwest Regional Meeting in Cleveland today. Neda Laiteerapong received the Award for Excellence in Clinician Investigation, and her presentation on “The Legacy Effect of Early Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes on Future Diabetes Complications: The Diabetes and Aging Study” was named the best scientific abstract oral presentation.

UChicago medical student Ivana Barouhas presented on the Implementing Diabetes Group Visits in Community Health Centers project led by Arshiya Baig in collaboration with Midwest Clinicians’ Network. Her poster, “Assessing the Effectiveness of a Training Intervention on Community Health Center Staff’s Ability to Implement Diabetes Group Visits,” was awarded 3rd place in the scientific abstract poster presentation category.

Several other CCDTR members earned scientific abstract and innovations poster awards for their ongoing work at UChicago. See the SGIM announcement for the full list of awards.

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

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

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