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    Partnering with communities to reduce Illinois obesity.

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The University of Illinois at Chicago — Chicago’s public research university — is one of 26 academic research institutions nationwide designated as a Prevention Research Center by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to work with vulnerable communities on new ways to promote health and prevent disease.

Illinois Prevention Research Center

Supporting Policy and Environmental Change

Directed by Dr. Lisa Powell, the Illinois PRC conducts research to promote health, especially behaviors that improve physical activity and nutrition or reduce tobacco use. We work with communities to increase physical activity by improving access to the built environment and use of neighborhood parks. We collaborate in national networks to identify gaps in research and develop innovative approaches to improving public health that can be shared broadly with public health partners.

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Illinois PRC Investigator Dr. Jamie Chriqui Featured in Community Guide Audio Recordings

Dr. Jamie F. Chriqui is the co-principal investigator of the Illinois PRC’s Physical Activity Policy Research Network project and co-leads the community engagement efforts for the Center. She is a member of the Community Preventive Services Task Force, which is an […]
Status of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption in Cook County

Status of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption in Cook County

New research suggests setting 2018 New Year’s resolutions may not require heavy lifting. In fact, you may want to reach for the proverbial low-hanging fruit when it comes to making healthy dietary selections. CDC reports that 70% of US adults […]
Chicago Plays Informational Interviews Snapshot

Chicago Plays Informational Interviews Snapshot

In 2009, the City of Chicago began conducting needs assessments for playgrounds within the city’s expansive system of public parks. The assessment team identified over 300 playgrounds in parks across the city in need of repairs or renovations. In March […]