It is hard to believe that the end of September is already drawing near. As summer turns to fall, MCOPP remains busy working towards our goals of promoting environment and organizational policy improvements that promote healthy eating and active living.


Information about our upcoming October 4th meeting can be found to the right. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. We also welcome your participation in our MCOPP subcommittees focused on the specific topic areas we are working on with our eight UNCOM member agencies and other partners: (1) healthy foods and beverages, (2) land use, and (3) healthy eating and active living curriculum identification and professional development. Please contact us if you are interested in serving on a subcommittee.


The article below recaps the September 9th UNCOM Walk for Wellness. It was a fun-filled evening of physical activity, healthy food, and positive hip hop by Milwaukee's own Figureheads. Also, check out the links (bottom right) for recent and relevant local and national news stories and potential grant opportunities.


Join us in our mission of working together for healthy eating and active living! We envision a Milwaukee with reduced childhood obesity where the healthy choice is the easy choice.


Thanks for your support of the Milwaukee Childhood Obesity Prevention Project.


Best wishes,

David Nelson (MCOPP Director) and

Sarah O'Connor (MCOPP Coordinator)

UNCOM Walk for Wellness promotes healthy eating, active living

September 12, 2011
by Andrea Waxman, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service (



"Eat healthy. Be active." That was the message sent by about 650 people who attended the fourth annual UNCOM Walk for Wellness held at Kosciuszko Park on Milwaukee's South Side.

Participants from United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee's member agencies completed a one-mile route and enjoyed a healthy picnic dinner of turkey sandwiches on wheat bread, fruit, vegetables, baked potato chips and water.


"This is the fourth year we've done it and I have yet to hear any negative complaints about the food. No one has asked for regular chips or soda or junk food. People are willing to try things. That's really fun to see," said Sarah O'Connor, coordinator for UNCOM's Milwaukee Childhood Obesity Prevention Project.


Staff members, their families and patrons of UNCOM member agencies were invited to attend the event, which was funded by the Zilber Neighborhood Initiative with support from the Milwaukee County Parks Department. Zilber Neighborhood Initiative partner agencies in Clarke Square, Lindsay Heights and Layton Boulevard West also were invited.


"The more people are aware that many people think it's important to be healthy, the more they start to think about being healthy themselves - about making small changes in their eating and physical activity," O'Connor noted.


UNCOM member agencies are Agape Community Center, COA Youth and Family Centers, Journey House, Milwaukee Christian Center, Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, Next Door Foundation, Northcott Neighborhood House and Silver Spring Neighborhood Center.

Walk for Wellness participants
Cheers for their neighborhood center
Participants gather
More cheers


Enjoying the one-mile walk
Distance photo of walkers and lagoon
Walkers seen on far side of Kosciuszko Park Lagoon
Pea and Grape costumes
The Walk for Wellness "mascots"
Walkers along Lincoln Avenue sidewalk
Having Fun
Dancing to the music of the Figureheads

Who We Are
MCOPP is an inclusive coalition with the goal of reducing childhood obesity in Milwaukee through environmental and policy improvements and changes that promote healthy eating and active living.


Our members include leaders and staff from the eight member centers of the United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee (UNCOM), community residents, partners from youth-serving organizations, specialists in the fields of nutrition, exercise science, physical education, public health, medicine, urban planning, and others.


 MCOPP logo

Like us on Facebook
In This Issue
UNCOM Walk for Wellness
Next Meeting
Upcoming Event and Volunteer Opportunities
Next MCOPP Leadership Team Meeting

Date and time
Tuesday, October 4th
12:00 - 1:30pm
Please RSVP if you plan to attend



Kosciuszko Community Center
2201 S. 7th Street, Milwaukee

Second floor conference room


For more information

Contact Sarah O'Connor

Upcoming Events and Opportunities


Volunteer to help at the

Lakefront Marathon or Kids Run

Saturday 10/1 (Kids Run); Sunday, 10/2 (Marathon)

To volunteer: 

Click on the "Volunteer Today" icon on the right side of the webpage.


Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program Presents the 3rd Community Engagement in Research Conference: Capacity and Skill Building for Today and Tomorrow

Friday, October 7th, 8AM-4PM at the Crown Plaza Milwaukee Airport

There is no charge to attend, but you must pre-register at

For any questions regarding the conference, please contact:
Michelle Smith-Beckley at (414) 955-8410 or

In the News
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service:
Journal Sentinel:
Report: U.S. Spending Billions of Dollars to Subsidize Junk Food
Links for more information about healthy eating and active living
Healthy Kids Healthy Communities 


Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010
Grant Opportunities!


Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program (CFPCGP) for fiscal year (FY) 2012 to support:  (1) the development of Community Food Projects with a one-time infusion of federal dollars to make such projects self-sustaining;  (2) Planning Projects to assess the food security needs and plan long-term solutions to help ensure food security in communities; and (3) a project that provides Training and Capacity Building on a nationwide basis to entities interested in developing new Community Food Projects or assisting current grantees and others to effectively operate their food security projects.  It is anticipated that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2012 will be approximately $5,000,000. 

Deadline: Applications are due to by November 17th.

Eligibility: Only private, nonprofit entities meeting specific requirements as listed in the Request for Applications are eligible to apply.


Strengthening Nonprofit Organizations

This program enhances the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations and assists nonprofits in building their organizational capabilities. Funding is available in the areas of arts and culture, community development, social services, health and education.  

Deadline: Rolling

Eligibility: Nonprofits


Georgia Pacific Foundation Grants

The purpose of the foundation is to help create and fund programs and initiatives that add value to, and measurably improve the quality of life within communities.

Deadline: October 31, 2011.

Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations, governments, schools, and fire and police departments; must be located within 30 miles of a G-P facility (In WI, facilities are located in Green Bay, Neenah, Oshkosh, Phillips, and Sheboygan)

Milwaukee Childhood Obesity Prevention Project

United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee

710 N. Plankinton Ave. Suite 740

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203