Happy Summer! What a wonderful time of year to live in Milwaukee, with its vibrant community gardens, farmers markets, fun runs, bicycle opportunities, and access to many events and outdoor activities. Make sure to check out some of our MCOPP partners' upcoming events listed to the right.


Information about our August 7th MCOPP Leadership Team meeting can also be found to the right. We invite you to join us.


Scroll down to read about a recent training in which MCOPP partner Playworks Milwaukee played an important role.


We welcome your participation in MCOPP and with our subcommittees that are working on policy and environment change strategies focused on: (1) healthy food and beverages; (2) land use opportunities for active lifestyles, healthy eating, and recreation; (3) active living; and (4) curriculum and professional development. Please contact us if you are interested in serving on a subcommittee. 


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,

Sarah O'Connor (MCOPP Manager, United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee) & David Nelson (MCOPP Director, Medical College of Wisconsin)

Partner Shout-out:

Playworks Milwaukee leads session at Milwaukee Christian Center staff training


What does a staff training conjure up in your mind? At the Milwaukee Christian Center June 15th staff training day at Kosciuszko Community Center, youth-serving staff got to play! Thanks to a partnership established through MCOPP, Playworks Milwaukee led a session about engaging youth in physical activity through play.


Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that supports learning by providing safe, healthy and inclusive play and physical activity to low-income schools at recess and throughout the entire school day. Playworks also provides training and technical support for schools and youth organizations that wish to train their own adults to manage a healthy and inclusive playground.


A huge thank you to our Playworks Milwaukee partners--Executive Director Kristina Olkowski and Program Manager PJ Dever--who taught the participants several popular games. They reviewed ways to manage a group of youth during physical activity play and ways to promote team-building and fun and they recommended a technique for youth to use to quickly mediate their differences.


For Playworks' searchable games database, click here.

Let the games begin!
Playworks partners Kristina and PJ lead the session.


Who We Are


The Milwaukee Childhood Obesity Prevention Project (MCOPP) is an inclusive coalition with the goal of reducing childhood obesity in Milwaukee through environmental and policy changes that promote healthy eating and active living.

Our members include leaders and staff from the eight partner agencies of the United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee (UNCOM), youth-serving organizations, community residents, and experts in the fields of nutrition, exercise science, physical education, public health, medicine, and urban planning.
MCOPP is funded by Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities, a national program office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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In This Issue
Partner Shout-out
Next MCOPP Meeting
Local Happenings
Next MCOPP Leadership Team Meeting

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
12:00 - 1:30pm at
2545 N. 29th Street, Milwaukee


Please RSVP to 414-978-2023 or if you plan to attend.


Local Happenings


Journey House New Facility Grand Opening Celebration

Saturday, July 21st

11am - 3pm

Journey House Center for Family Learning and Youth Athletics

2110 W. Scott Street, Milwaukee

Click here for more details about attending or staffing an information table.


Badgerland Striders Upcoming Events

2012 Lakefront Marathon Kids Run

Kids log 25 miles between June 1st and October 5th. Then kids complete the 1.2 mile Lakefront Kids Run on Saturday, October 6th.

Registration Form



Cudahy Classic

Sunday, July 29th, 8am

1-mile Children's Run (only

$1), 5-mile, and 10-mile races.

Click here for more information.


Track Meet

Tuesday, July 31st, 6:30pm

This FREE, family-friendly event is for the track star in you.

At the St. Francis High School track located at 4225 S Lake Dr, across the street from the bike trail and Lake Michigan.

Click here for more information.


Badgerland Striders Calendar



Healthy Neighborhood Celebration at Alice's Garden 

Tuesday, July 17th,

5:30 - 8pm.

Alice's Garden is located at 21st Street and Garfield Avenue in Milwaukee.

Hosted by the Lindsay Heights Neighborhood Health Alliance.

Click here for more information. 


Get Wheelin' in Westlawn

Free bicycle tune-ups for the Westlawn community

August 3rd, and September 7th, from 3 - 6pm.

Click here for more information.


Vliet Street Farmers Market

Sundays through October 13th, 10am - 2pm.

Click here for more information.


YMCA Play in the Parks

Free family fun in Milwaukee parks on various weeknights,

6 - 7:30pm.

Click here for more information.


Relevant Information
Milwaukee Updates

The Weight of the Nation

Confronting America's Obesity Epidemic


Let's Move Gardening Guide

Twinkies, Tomatoes, and Tomatillos: A Quantitative Assessment of Healthy Food Accessibility in Milwaukee County

Summary of recommended community strategies and measurements to prevent obesity in the United States.


Links for more information about healthy eating and active living


Healthy Kids Healthy Communities


Convergence Partnership: Healthy People, Healthy Places


Spend Smart. Eat Smart: Ideas, resources, and recipes to help you eat healthy for less.



Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010















Milwaukee Childhood Obesity Prevention Project

United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee

710 N. Plankinton Ave. Suite 740

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203