BACKGROUND: Project HOPSCOTCH (Holistic Opportunities to Partner, Stop and Combat Obesity Towards Community Health) was created in 2011 and made possible with initial support from the Chicago Department of Public’s Health’s Healthy Places Community Intervention Initiative. Healthy Places is a collaborative effort between the Chicago Department of Public Health and the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children at Children’s Memorial Hospital funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative, Cooperative Agreement Number 1U58DP002376‐01.
Continuing support for Project HOPSCOTCH in 2013-2014 was made possible with funding from the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) through a sub-grant from the Kellogg Foundation.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: HOPSCOTCH is designed to bring about sustainable environmental change to promote and support the adoption of policies and practices that encourage healthy eating and physical activity in local schools. There are 2 main initiatives with this program – firstly, a Healthy Schools Initiative, in which local school partners in Chinatown created Wellness Committees, with the goal of developing a school action plan, prioritizing four key policy areas around nutrition and physical activity. Secondly, a Community Walkability Initiative working with local youth in Chinatown to conduct walkability assessments of key routes utilized by youth and develop a data brief based on the findings.
Chicago’s Chinatown Neighborhoods of Armour Square and Bridgeport
•Armour Elementary School
•Haines Elementary School
•Healy Elementary School
•Henry Booth House
•Ward Elementary School
(1) Increasing healthy food options and physical activity in schools and after-school programs through school wellness policy and after-school program standards
(2) Increasing physical activity and active transportation use through complete streets designs that accommodate all forms of transportation (including walking and biking) and safe access to parks
(3)Creating awareness of and support for these initiatives through advocacy and data to inform policy.
CONTACT: For more information please contact Alia Ryan at 312.372.7070, ext:226 or email@example.com