Healthier Schools Across Chicago

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From 2010 to 2013, HSC partnered with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) on the Go for the Gold campaign, a successful local, on-the-ground response to First Lady Michelle Obama’s call for an end to childhood obesity.

In just three years, more than 40 percent of Chicago elementary schools have made important health-promoting changes and sparked dynamic new collaborations between parents, teachers, school administrators, community partners and the nonprofit community.

As of August 2013, more than 90,000 Chicago Public Schools students are benefiting from healthier school food, increased physical activity and increased nutrition education thanks to these changes.

Many of these improvements are becoming the new standard as HSC successfully advocated for policy changes that impact all the district’s 600+ schools.

Go for the Gold at a Glance

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More than 90,000 Chicago Public Schools students are now benefiting from healthier school food, increased physical activity and increased nutrition education thanks to the health-promoting changes their schools have made. Read more success stories.

Here are just a few examples of how Go for the Gold has created healthier school environments:

Next Steps

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With the successful conclusion of Go for the Gold, CPS has launched LearnWELL, a new initiative for schools implementing the district’s wellness policies.

HSC continues to make change in Chicago through its citywide work:

Fit to Learn

Cooking up Change

Space to Grow 

Parents United for Healthy Schools 

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