Health Summit July 19 Aims to 'Reshape' Chicago

07/15/2011

Business and civic leaders, health care providers, and community residents will gather at the University of Illinois at Chicago to discuss ways to incorporate more physical activity into our daily lives.

"Reshaping Chicago Together: A Citywide Summit," will take place July 19, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road.

"The goal is to establish a blueprint for transforming neighborhoods," said Carol Ferrans, UIC professor and associate dean for research in the department of biobehavioral health science.

"This summit is an opportunity to share information and bring together the people who can take these ideas home to their communities and make physical activity a natural part of daily life for every person in every neighborhood," said Ferrans, who is also community engagement research core co-director for UIC's Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and who led the effort to bring together the summit.

"We would like to end the day having built, strengthened and expanded partnerships committed to a new, healthier Chicago," she said.

The summit will inform community advocates, church leaders, local school council and neighborhood association members and the public about fitness models that have worked in other communities and to present the latest research from UIC and national experts.

Participants include Bechara Choucair, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health; Martha Pelaez of the Health Foundation of South Florida; Tom Prohaska of UIC; and Ross Brownson of Washington University in St. Louis.

The event is funded through grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Sigmund Edelstone Fund of the Michael Reese Health Trust. Additional support was provided by the UIC Center for Population Health and Health Disparities, Center for Excellence in Eliminating Health Disparities, and Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement.

This news release was written by Jeanne Galatzer-Levy, associate director of the UIC News Bureau.