Over 20% of all Illinois children ages 2-18 years are obese. The majority are from low socioeconomic backgrounds, which greatly limits access to health care, healthy foods, and physical activity. To address obesity in our community, we created 6 to Success", an adaptation of the 5-4-3-2-1 Go! program developed by the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children. This program is centered on 6 simple goals that improve weight, exercise, and health.
The goals of "6 to Success" could be easily promoted throughout the school and greater adolescent community. To increase the reach of this program to Evanston adolescents, we propose: 1) Creation of a data base of the height, weight, and body mass index (BMI) of all high school students.
2) Identification of school and community partners that could adopt and promote the "6 to Success" goals.
3) Coalition formation with these partners, including student representatives, with whom we would conduct focus groups to identify strategies for program adoption.
4) Creation of a survey to measure student knowledge and adherence to program goals.
5) Application for funding for program implementation.
6) Establishment of a school and community referral system to the school-based health center. "