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    Partnering with communities to reduce Illinois obesity.

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    What differences do park improvements make?

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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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Storytelling Event Promotes Brain Health

Storytelling Event Promotes Brain Health

Laugh Lines contestants shared stories with an attentive audience in an event to promote brain health.

Illinois PRC research assistant finds engaged community members in Chicago Parks

As a research assistant for the Illinois Prevention Research Center, I have visited more than 25 parks on Chicago’s North, South and West Sides. In 2014, as a first-year graduate student in nutrition in the UIC College of Applied Health […]
New Projects Coming to Chicago Parks:  Park District Superintendent on WBEZ

New Projects Coming to Chicago Parks:  Park District Superintendent on WBEZ

Michael Kelly, Superintendent of the Chicago Park District, recently joined WBEZ’s Morning Shift to discuss improvements coming to Chicago Parks. Projects include upgrades at Humboldt Park Beach, the creation of Big Marsh bike park on the Southeast side, and a boathouse in Bridgeport’s Park 571. […]