Tag Archives: Power Up

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.

Like us on Twitter!

DSC00928

DSC00936

DSC00829II

 

 

POWER UP ALL STARS: “Until Next Season…”

October 24, 2014 – A picture speaks volumes and it was all smiles for a great end to a perfect 2014 Power Up All Stars Season with the Chicago White Sox. Again, this season, we challenged the growing epidemic of childhood obesity by promoting the importance of nutrition and physical activity at U.S. Cellular Park as well as in the communities highly affected by this disparity. Our spotlight school for this season was CPS Langford Academy located in the Englewood area of the city of Chicago. This is an area plagued by poverty, social inequality, and food deserts. Langford’s principal, Dr. Lynn McGinnis-Garner said, “We are thankful for the Power Up Program because it is just something our kids would not have had the opportunity to participate in.” Dr. Garner and her team were thrilled to partner with this program for their students which additionally promoted baseball, a sports activity highlighted this summer by Chicago’s own division winners, the Jackie Robinson Baseball Team. We would like to thank the Chicago White Sox/MLB and the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital for their valued alliance in combating childhood obesity. ~Althera M. Steenes, Project Manager for the Power Up Program

PHOTOS FROM THE POWER UP ALL STARS’ SECOND YEARPOWER UP ALL STARS SECOND YEAR CLOSE

 

White Sox Baseball Academy 2014: LangfordPOWER UP ALL STARS SECOND YEAR CLOSE PH2

 

 

      Power Up All Stars September 2014

Last Power Up All Stars Family Sunday with the White Sox for 2014!

Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 9:45 AM – 3:00 PM

Power Up 2nd Year_croppedThe 2014 Power Up All Stars, Chicago White Sox and the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital Season kicked off on Friday, April 11, 2014. The Power Up program is excited to partner again with these entities to combat childhood obesity with nutrition and physical activity promotion at U.S. Cellular Park for the White Sox’s Family Sundays. All PUAS stations are 30-second intervals of physical activity done along with game day patrons during the game and end at the top of the 7th inning.  The LAST Family Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field for this season is September 14, 2014!

Activity Stations include:

  • Dance Party – Dance for at least 30 seconds to Power Up Program music hits or similar
  • Hopscotch – Small, quick jumps or hops to numbered spaces after an object has been tossed to specific space
  • Jumping Jacks – Up and down jumps using arms in a structured format for at least 30 seconds
  • Hula Hoop – An all-body activity used with a circular apparatus for at least 30 seconds

Family Sunday Dates: 

  • May 11
  • June 1
  • July 20
  • August 17
  • September 14

To purchase tickets, click here.

Batter, Batter, Batter!!

Power Up All Stars Family Sunday with the White Sox

Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 9:45 AM – 3:00 PM

Power Up 2nd Year_croppedThe 2014 Power Up All Stars, Chicago White Sox and the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital Season kicked off on Friday, April 11, 2014. The Power Up program is excited to partner again with these entities to combat childhood obesity with nutrition and physical activity promotion at U.S. Cellular Park for the White Sox’s Family Sundays. All PUAS stations are 30-second intervals of physical activity done along with game day patrons during the game and end at the top of the 7th inning.  The next Family Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field is August 17, 2014!

Activity Stations include:

  • Dance Party – Dance for at least 30 seconds to Power Up Program music hits or similar
  • Hopscotch – Small, quick jumps or hops to numbered spaces after an object has been tossed to specific space
  • Jumping Jacks – Up and down jumps using arms in a structured format for at least 30 seconds
  • Hula Hoop – An all-body activity used with a circular apparatus for at least 30 seconds

Family Sunday Dates: 

  • May 11
  • June 1
  • July 20
  • August 17
  • September 14

To purchase tickets, click here.

Batter, Batter, Batter!!

Power Up All Stars Family Sunday with the White Sox

Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 9:45 AM – 3:00 PM

Power Up 2nd Year_croppedThe 2014 Power Up All Stars, Chicago White Sox and the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital Season kicked off on Friday, April 11, 2014. The Power Up program is excited to partner again with these entities to combat childhood obesity with nutrition and physical activity promotion at U.S. Cellular Park for the White Sox’s Family Sundays. All PUAS stations are 30-second intervals of physical activity done along with game day patrons during the game and end at the top of the 7th inning.  The next Family Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field is July 20, 2014!

Activity Stations include:

  • Dance Party – Dance for at least 30 seconds to Power Up Program music hits or similar
  • Hopscotch – Small, quick jumps or hops to numbered spaces after an object has been tossed to specific space
  • Jumping Jacks – Up and down jumps using arms in a structured format for at least 30 seconds
  • Hula Hoop – An all-body activity used with a circular apparatus for at least 30 seconds

Family Sunday Dates: 

  • May 11
  • June 1
  • July 20
  • August 17
  • September 14

To purchase tickets, click here.

Batter, Batter, Batter!!

Power Up All Stars Family Sunday with the White Sox

Sunday, June 1, 2014 from 9:45 AM – 3:00 PM

Power Up 2nd Year_croppedThe 2014 Power Up All Stars, Chicago White Sox and the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital Season kicked off on Friday, April 11, 2014. The Power Up program is excited to partner again with these entities to combat childhood obesity with nutrition and physical activity promotion at U.S. Cellular Park for the White Sox’s Family Sundays. All PUAS stations are 30-second intervals of physical activity done along with game day patrons during the game and end at the top of the 7th inning.  The next Family Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field is June 1, 2014!

Activity Stations include:

  • Dance Party – Dance for at least 30 seconds to Power Up Program music hits or similar
  • Hopscotch – Small, quick jumps or hops to numbered spaces after an object has been tossed to specific space
  • Jumping Jacks – Up and down jumps using arms in a structured format for at least 30 seconds
  • Hula Hoop – An all-body activity used with a circular apparatus for at least 30 seconds

Family Sunday Dates: 

  • May 11
  • June 1
  • July 20
  • August 17
  • September 14

To purchase tickets, click here.

Batter, Batter, Batter!!

Power Up All Stars’ First Family Sunday during its Second Year with the White Sox!

Sunday, May 11, 2014 from 9:45 AM – 3:00 PM

Power Up 2nd Year_croppedThe 2014 Power Up All Stars, Chicago White Sox and the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital Season kicked off on Friday, April 11, 2014. The Power Up program is excited to partner again with these entities to combat childhood obesity with nutrition and physical activity promotion at U.S. Cellular Park for the White Sox’s Family Sundays. All PUAS stations are 30-second intervals of physical activity done along with game day patrons during the game and end at the top of the 7th inning.  The first Family Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field is May 11, 2014!

Activity Stations include:

  • Dance Party – Dance for at least 30 seconds to Power Up Program music hits or similar
  • Hopscotch – Small, quick jumps or hops to numbered spaces after an object has been tossed to specific space
  • Jumping Jacks – Up and down jumps using arms in a structured format for at least 30 seconds
  • Hula Hoop – An all-body activity used with a circular apparatus for at least 30 seconds

Family Sunday Dates: 

  • May 11
  • June 1
  • July 20
  • August 17
  • September 14

To purchase tickets, click here.

Batter, Batter, Batter!!

All Highs and No Lows for Power Up All Stars Kick-off at West Englewood School

April 14, 2014 – It was a 69º degree, sunny ‘Power Up Day’ in West Englewood on Friday, April 11, 2014. Chicago Public School – Langford Community Academy hosted the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital Power Up All Stars kick-off in their 2nd year of partnering with the Chicago White Sox to combat childhood obesity through nutrition and physical activity promotion. Donnie Veal, Pitcher #46, and Major League Trainer, Allen “A.T.” Thomas of the White Sox wowed the kids and parents with interactive physical activity spots. They were joined by their furry counterpart, mascot SouthPaw, who declared the students of Langford Academy official Power Up All Stars for the 2014 season. Dr. Deborah Burnet of the University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences spoke about the importance of eating and being healthy. WBBM’s Lawrence Holmes of the 670Score was the emcee of this great event.  Learn more about Power Up! and the Chicago White Sox Kid’s Club opportunities here.

For more information and additional photos, check out these additional reports of the event:

SELECT PHOTOS FROM THE POWER UP ALL STARS KICK-OFF FOR YEAR 2 WITH THE WHITE SOX

_SNP9345 _SNP9419 _SNP9549-1

_SNP9566 _SNP9642 _SNP9675
_SNP9701  IMAG0656-1  _SNP9744

Power Up: A Home Run Hit!

August 26, 2013 – Power Up All Stars has showcased five successful runs at the White Sox U.S. Cellular Park. Patrons, especially children, are thrilled to join in physical activity stations located on levels 100 and 500 during the game. One parent stated, “I am happy this is here while the game is going on.” Activity stations include Jumping Jacks, Hula Hoop, Hopscotch and Dance Party where the Sox’s own Southpaw danced a step or two. On Sunday, August 25, 2013, Dr. Deborah Burnet, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, hosted the final Power Up All Stars Family Sunday with the Chicago White Sox by throwing out the first pitch! To read more about that event and to see photos from game day, click here.

Check out the Power Up All Stars Program by going to http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/downloads/y2013/power_up_all_stars.pdf

PHOTOS FROM THE POWER UP ALL STARS PROGRAM
Power Up Hula Hoop    White Sox Power Up hopscotch    White Sox Power Up kid fun

Dr. Burnet to Throw the First Pitch for the White Sox

Sunday, August 25, 2013 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Dr. Deborah Burnet, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, will host the final Power Up All Stars Family Sunday with the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, August 25, 2013 by throwing out the first pitch!  Power Up All Stars already showcased four successful runs at the White Sox U.S. Cellular Park, and this will be the fifth. Patrons, especially children, have been thrilled to join in physical activity stations located on levels 100 and 500 during the game. One parent stated, “I am happy this is here while the game is going on.” Activity stations include Jumping Jacks, Hula Hoop, Hopscotch and Dance Party where the Sox’s own Southpaw danced a step or two. Game time is 1:10pm.

Join us on this day by going to www.whitesox.com/ucmc for discounted tickets.

Check out the Power Up All Stars Program by going to http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/downloads/y2013/power_up_all_stars.pdf

PHOTOS FROM GAME DAY

1O5A6263  1O5A6210  1O5A6205    1O5A6409       1O5A6281       1O5A6530