As we near the end of another year, we invite you to participate in MCOPP's year-end meeting on Tuesday, November 6th from 10am-1pm. This extended meeting will feature presentations and discussion with HKHC partners from Chicago and the national HKHC Program Office. We look forward to learning more from them about their efforts, lessons learned, and how they are addressing sustainability. 


This fall, we held the fifth annual UNCOM Walk for Wellness and an MCOPP Training Opportunity for direct- service staff. Read more about these happenings below.


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 and note our meeting schedule to the right.


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)


UNCOM holds fifth annual Walk for Wellness at Silver Spring Neighborhood Center


On the evening of Friday, September 28th, approximately 500 people from across Milwaukee gathered outside of Silver Spring Neighborhood Center for a 1-mile walk around the Westlawn neighborhood, followed by a healthy meal and positive hip hop from Milwaukee's Figureheads. This was the fifth year of the annual UNCOM Walk for Wellness, an event that bring together people from UNCOM member agencies and Zilber Neighborhood Initiative partner neighborhoods to focus on the importance of healthy eating and active living. Thanks to all who participated and helped--you made it a great event!



Figureheads singing stretching song 


MCOPP hosts youth-serving professionals for an engaging 2-hour staff training 

Yvonne Greer Oct 2012 training
Yvonne D. Greer, MPH, RD, CD, CLC of Y-EAT Right leads the healthy snacks session

On Friday, October 12th, eighteen staff from UNCOM member agencies and other Milwaukee community organizations came together at Neighborhood House of Milwaukee to learn more about nutrition and physical activity topics. MCOPP partners from Milwaukee organizations provided their expertise to make the training possible. Playworks Milwaukee led a session about fun indoor games and group management techniques. Y-Eat Right's Dietician and a Community Health Educator from Children's Hospital of Wisconsin led a session about easy-to-make healthy snack recipes. Partners from Milwaukee Public Schools and Marquette University led a session on developing Learning Intentions for youth so that youth have an understanding of the reasons it is important to eat healthy and be physically active. All staff participants received a binder of materials to take back and use at their respective agencies. The training materials will be available on the MCOPP website as well as by request (414-978-2023 or The next training will take place in mid-winter 2013.

Oct 2012 Staff Training Playworks
Dominic Foster from Agape Community Center participates in the Playworks 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
Walk for Wellness
Staff Training
Next MCOPP Meeting
Local Happenings
Year-end MCOPP Leadership Team Meeting:

Tuesday, November 6
10am-1pm at
Neighborhood House of Milwaukee
2819 W. Richardson Place, Milwaukee



Fay Gibson, Project Officer at the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities (HKHC) National Program Officer and Lucy Gomez, Project Coordinator for HKHC-Chicago will both be at the meeting to discuss their national and regional HKHC perspectives. The meeting will focus on sustaining our efforts, celebrating our successes, and thinking to the future.


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


November MCOPP Subcommittee Meetings:


Healthy Food and Beverage

Wednesday, November 14th, 2:30-4pm

Agape Community Center, 6100 N. 42nd Street


Healthy Eating and Active Living Curriculum and Professional Development

Tuesday, November 27th,


MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet Street, Room 210/211


Land Use

Thursday, November 29th,


COA Goldin Center, 2320 W. Burleigh Street


Contact Sarah at 414-978-2023 or for more information and to RSVP.


Local Happenings


Neighborhood House Annual Community Health Fair

Saturday, November 17th, 10am-1pm 

Click here for more information about the community health fair. If your organization is interested in getting health information out to the community and would like to host a vendor table at no cost, please contact Michelle Watts at


Come Cheer On the Milwaukee Junior Cycling Team in Cyclocross Races

November 3rd at 9am, Estabrook Park

November 18th at 9am, Hales Corners Park

Click here for more information about the team and the race schedule.


Badgerland Striders Upcoming Events 

2012 Calendar of Activities


Playworks Milwaukee is the official charity of the Milwaukee Santa's 5K
Saturday, December 1st
Click here for more information on running the race or being a race volunteer with Playworks.


Planting the Seeds of Environmental Interventions: an evidence-based approach to reduce violence

Monday, November 19th, 9-11am

Click here for more information about this presentation.

Information and Resources
Milwaukee Updates 

The annual report includes an analysis that forecasts 2030 adult obesity rates in each state and the likely resulting rise in obesity-related disease rates and health care costs.


The Weight of the Nation

Confronting America's Obesity Epidemic


Growing Urban Agriculture
Equitable Strategies and Policies for Improving Access to Healthy Food and Revitalizing Communities


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.


Funding Opportunity
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


Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children

Milwaukee Childhood Obesity Prevention Project

United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee

710 N. Plankinton Ave. Suite 740

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203