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
•Project Vision
•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.

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Obesity Prevention


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Let’s Move Uptown! is a 3-year planned initiative running from 2011-2013 funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield aimed at decreasing overweight and obesity for Asian American children and adolescent youth in the Vietnamese and Chinese communities in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood through informational, behavioral and social approaches. This multi-faceted program includes i) the development and implementation of multi-sport youth program aimed at physical activity in youth, providing nutritional education to increase healthy food intake, and 2) a community-wide social media campaign creating a supportive family healthy environment for youth to adopt healthy behaviors by engaging parents to be involved in their children’s health.

TARGET POPULATION: Asian American Communities on Chicago’s north side Uptown neighborhood

• Uplift Community High School
• Vietnamese Association of Illinois
• Northeastern University
• Windy City Crossfit

Let’s Move Uptown:
• Decreasing overweight and obese in Asian American youth
• Improving the nutrition and diet of Asian American youth and finally
• Enhancing the self-esteem and body image among Asian American youth

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