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Fifteen (56%) of 27 Chicago nonprofit hospitals analyzed in this report identified obesity, nutrition, physical activity and/or weight control as a priority issue within their Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan. In 2013, the largest scale analyses ever conducted of childhood obesity in Chicago revealed the overall prevalence of overweight or obesity for kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade public school students was 43.3%. Rates were highest among 6th graders (48.3%) compared to kindergartners and 9th graders (35.6% and 44.5% respectively), and in all three grades, the rates were higher among Hispanic students than African American and White students. The latest available data show that among Chicago adults, 24.6% are obese.

The Community Guide 
A website of the Community Preventive Services Task Force findings and the systematic reviews on which they are based. The Guide, by topic, indicates which program and policy interventions have been proven effective, and whether an intervention is right for a community.

Behavioral Intervention to Reduce Screen Time
Evidence shows this intervention reduces recreational sedentary screen time, increases physical activity, improves diet, and improves or maintains weight-related outcomes for children under 13. 

Worksite Programs
Worksite programs intended to improve diet and/or physical activity behaviors are effective for reducing weight among employees.

Technology-Supported Multicomponent Coaching or Counseling Interventions
These interventions are shown to be effective in improving weight-related behaviors or weight-related outcomes.

Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago's Children Blueprint
This plan places nationally identified best practices in a coordinated framework specific to Chicago. See the plan by section below, or click the link above to access the full Blueprint.

Food and Beverage Access
Physical Activity and the Built Environment
Early Childhood
Business Sector and Industry Practices
Health Promotion and Public Education