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Rethink Your Drink...  
First-Ever Medical Symposium on Soda:

More space secured to accommodate sold-out crowd.

You're Invited...  
Attend the Chicago Premiere of HBO's
"The Weight of the Nation."

Special screening at Field Museum.


Action Alert!  
From the Kids' Safe & Healthful Foods Project... Support healthy school snacks:

Tell the USDA to improve the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program in K-12 schools. 


Dear Friends, 




We're excited to announce the interest in Wednesday's "Rethink Your Drink Symposium" has been so large, that we have secured additional space to accommodate our sold-out crowd. Online registration is now closed; however, we will be able to accommodate walk-in registration.  The fee for walk-in registration is $50, or $25 for students. 


Rethink Your Drink: 

The Impact of Sugar-Loaded Beverages on the 

Obesity Epidemic and Clinical and Environmental 

Strategies to Reduce Consumption


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

11:30AM to 5:00PM

Rush University Medical Center

1725 W. Harrison St. 

Searle Conference Center / 5th Floor

Chicago, Illinois


The symposium faculty includes nationally-known experts from distinguished organizations like the Harvard School of Public Health, Healthcare Without Harm, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Steward Healthcare System, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of Oklahoma. 


Additional information is available online at: http://tinyurl.com/RethinkYourDrinkSymposium.





HBO, Comcast, the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), and Chicago Department of Public Health cordially invite you and a guest to attend the Chicago premiere of HBO's "The Weight of the Nation."


An unprecedented collaboration of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), "The Weight of the Nation" takes an unflinching look at the severity of the crisis and its crippling effects on our health care system.




WHERE:  Field Museum

                  James Simpson Theater

                  1400 S. Lake Shore Drive

                  Chicago, IL


WHEN:   May 10, 2012 

  5:30 pm - Reception

  6:30pm - Screening & Panel Discussion with:

  • Bechara Choucair, MD, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health;  
  • Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; and  
  • Adam B. Becker, PhD, MPH, Executive Director, Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC).  

Moderated by: Katherine Kaufer Christoffel, MD, MPH - Emerita Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Founder, Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC).


Click here to RSVP, or call (866) 518-4081.


Of course, we encourage you to bike in, or find other forms of active transportation. However, if you happen to be driving that day, complimentary valet parking is available.





We all know that what kids eat can have a big impact on their health. That's why it's so important for them to have fruit and vegetable snacks at school. 


Right now, you and I have a great opportunity to help many kids get fruit and vegetable snacks -- but there is just LESS THAN 48 HOURS left to act! The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working to improve its Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which provides fruits and vegetables as snacks to about 3 million elementary school students in low-income neighborhoods every year. 


The Kids' Safe & Healthful Foods Project is urging everyone to raise their voice for the health of our kids.  Their goal is to get 5,000 public comments in to the USDA to support the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.  We only have until April 24 to tell USDA we support this important program. 


Click here to take action right now!  It's important that we tell the USDA to support the program because it works! Students who participate eat more fruits and vegetables each day. 


Plus, the program also teaches kids about the importance of good nutrition.  Improving kids' dietary habits through programs like this one will help keep them healthy, reducing their risk for childhood obesity and chronic diseases.


When you're finished, encourage your colleagues take action, too.  You can also invite them to the  HBO premiere of "Weight of the Nation," and the "Rethink Your Drink Symposium" by clicking the blue box below.




Warm Regards,

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Elissa Bassler

Exec. Dir, Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity

CEO, Illinois Public Health Institute

954 W Washington Blvd

Suite 405 / Mailbox 10

Chicago, IL 60607

(312) 850-4744


About the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity
The Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO) is a statewide coalition comprised of stakeholders working for a state-level response to the obesity epidemic. IAPO works to shape and advance solutions to reverse dangerous obesity trends. 
IAPO supporters believe that Illinois must respond to the obesity epidemic by developing coordinated systems, policy improvements and investment on the scale of the problem.  This initiative was launched and is coordinated by the Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI).   

With input from stakeholders throughout Illinois, IAPO developed the State Obesity Action Roadmap and our corresponding 3-Year Roadmap Goals to guide Illinois on a healthier path through changes in the way we work, play, learn, eat and live.  

To learn more about IAPO, visit

Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity

Convened by the Illinois Public Health Institute   

954 W Washington Blvd

Suite 405 / Mailbox 10

Chicago, IL 60607

(312) 850-4744 voice

(312) 850-4040 fax