Childhood obesity in Chicago has been steadily rising since 2000. Children in Chicago have higher overweight and obesity prevalence rates than US children in the same age groups.

Increases physical activity and improves nutrition through physical education curricula, equipment, after-school programs, and promoting family involvement.

There are approximately 166,000 kindergarten through 5th Graders enrolled in the Chicago Public School System.

For a $12.6 million investment over three years covering 166,186 kindergarten thru 5th graders ($76 per child)

We use a variety of data sources to tailor our analysis to the location and to make our estimates as accurate as possible. However, sometimes data is unavailable, either because it has not been collected, or because it is not shared publicly. We encourage government agencies and other organizations to share their de-identified data online and researchers to prioritize the following gaps in the data.

Test Score Distribution - To calculate the shift in test scores, we used a distribution of scores for the state of Texas, since we had used that information for the corresponding San Antonio model. Ideally, distributions more pertinent to Chicago would have been utilized but were unavailable.

Local Mortality and Morbidity - Baseline rates in mortality, diabetes, asthma, hypertension, stroke, and depression were taken from the state of Illinois, even when calculating local estimates because local rates were unavailable.