Family Resiliency Center | Illinois


C-U Fit Families


C-U Fit Families is a coalition of campus and community organizations working to promote healthy eating and active living in the home, in schools and child care environments, and in the community.

The national childhood obesity rate has more than doubled for children aged 2-5 years and more than tripled for children aged 6-11 years over the past thirty years making it one of the most pressing national public health concerns. The contributing factors impacting this trend are complex and involve interactions between social, environmental and policy influences.

Illinois Public Media convened a small group of concerned organizations in July of 2008 to talk about the local implications of this alarming trend. This group started meeting on a regular basis to learn more about existing community resources and programs as well as to start to identify community needs. It was out of these meetings that C-U Fit Families was formed.

In order to gather community input on this issue we hosted several facilitated community conversations during the Spring of 2009 with stake holders who had an interest or expertise in the following areas: access to healthy food at school, shared family meals, food marketing/advertising to children, and physical activity for children. 



The Carle Foundation
Champaign Park District
Champaign Unit #4 Schools
Champaign Urbana Mass Transit District
C-U Safe Routes to School Project (C-U SRTS Project)
Champaign Urbana Public Health District
C-U Schools Foundation
Eastern Illinois Foodbank
Family Resiliency Center, University of Illinois
Frances Nelson Health Center
Illinois Public Media
Nutrition on the Move
Provena Covenant Medical Center
School Health Program
Smile Healthy
Campus Recreation, University of Illinois
Food Sciences and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois
Department of Communication, University of Illinois
Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois
National Soybean Research Lab, University of Illinois
Recreation and Park Resources, University of Illinois
The Urbana Free Library
United Way of Champaign County
University of Illinois Extension
Urbana School District #116



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