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Healthier Choices – Healthier Families

Healthier Choices - Healthier Families

During the Spring of 2015 the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention (ILAACP) expanded its range of prevention-oriented programming to include the Healthier Choices – Healthier Families (HCHF) program, which is an innovative merger of three evidence-based obesity programs – Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition (We Can!); Cooking Matters; and SPARK – serving families with children 7-13 years old through age-appropriate, interactive activities designed to increase participants’ knowledge and understanding of healthy eating and promoting behavior changes to favor physical activity over sedentary lifestyles. The HCHF program was developed in consultation with the Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) and the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) with funding provided by the Chicago Community Trust. Through the HCHF program, the ILAACP is able to better serve families in its obesity intervention and prevention efforts.

Healthier Choices – Healthier Families: Evidence-Based Programs

We CanWe Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition) is a public education outreach program designed to help children 8-13 years old stay at a healthy weight by improving food choices, increasing physical activity, and reducing screen time. We Can! is unique because it focuses on parents and families at home and in their communities. Research shows that parents have a big impact on shaping the behavior of children.

cooking-mattersCooking Matters, a national partner of We Can!, is a program designed to empower families with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals. Through interactive, hands-on classes taught by culinary and nutrition experts, program participants learn how to select nutritious and low-cost ingredients and prepare them in ways that provide the best nourishment possible to their families.

SPARK1SPARK is a research-based, public health organization dedicated to creating, implementing, and evaluating programs that promote lifelong wellness. SPARK improves the health of children, adolescents, and adults by disseminating evidence-based physical education, after school, early childhood, and coordinated school health programs to teachers and recreation leaders serving Pre-K through 12th grade students.

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For more information about Healthier Choices – Healthier Families, please contact Nicaya Rapier, Special Initiatives Coordinator, at 312.850.4444 ext.223 or nrapier@ilaacp.org.

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