On March 23rd, Actress/Singer Hilary Duff visited Jenner Academy to promote a wonderful program, called 'Blessings in a Backpack,' that provides food for needy kids. Click here to read an article about the visit from the Chicago Sun-Times.
A great new study that supports the importance of physical fitness in improving the cognitive development of youth. Urban Initiatives firmly believes that a healthy body helps lead to a healthy mind. Click here to read the article.
Chicago's school board adopted a new program to offer breakfast in the classroom in Chicago Public Schools. Click here to read the full article for the Chicago Tribune.
In this great article from Dr. Oz he highlights 5 foods for better health. As Dr. Oz puts it " changing your life isn’t as difficult as you may think." So why not take the challenge and incorporate these 5 foods into you diet. Click here to read.
Due to the pressures of high-stakes standardized testing, more and more schools are cutting recess and physical education to increase classroom time. However, studies have shown that recess is an
essential component of education and eliminating it will actually do more harm than good. Engaging in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day has been shown to curb childhood obesity, increase academic achievement and attentiveness, promote social skills, and increase self-esteem. Though not all of the schools in our program have recess, we are proud to say that all of our soccer players have made great strides in each of those areas. For more information on local grassroots efforts to restore recess in Chicago schools, click here to check out this article from the Chicago Tribune.
Check out this article that discusses a "fatter furture" for America from The Chicago Tribune. A new report warns that adults from the richest countries across the globe are gettng more and more overweight and the U.S. tops the list. The study predicts that 3 out of 4 Americans will be overweight by 2020. Click here to read the full article.
USA Today reporter Nanci Hellmich shares how Howell Wechsler, director of the Division of Adolescent and School Health for the CDC, reviewed 50 studies that examined the effect of school-based physical activity on academic performance. His findings support that PE class and recess can be a win-win for stuents' health and academics. Click here to read the full article.
InsideOut is filmed in two maximum security prisons and captures the powerful stories of inmates who dropped out of school. This film is used as a tool for dropout prevention. Over the years it has impacted milions of students in the U.S. and Canada. It's endorsed by America's Promise Alliance, Communities In Schools, and the National Dropout Prevention Center.
Monica Eng, reporter for The Chicago Tribune, reports about the high sugar content in Chicago Public Schools breakfasts. Click here to read the full article.
The New York Times reporter Javier Hernandez reports on Harlem student's success when they learn by doing. Click here to read the article.
On September 8, 2009 Chicago Tribune reporter Monica Eng wrote an interesting article on the limited physical education class offering in Chicago Public Schools and the important link between physical fitness and academic performance. Click here to read the article.
Tribune reporter Azam Ahmed writes a fascinating article about turnaround CPS schools and highlights Urban Initiatives school site - Sherman. Click here to read the full article.
The Chicago Tribune reporter Barbara Mahany features UI participant Keyshawn Steele and UI friend and supporter Mawi Asgedom sharing tales of the thigns that transform a space into some place magical:
The Chicago Tribune reports on the 'public health crisis' associated with youth witnesses to violence in underserved Chicago communitites. The article features past Urban Initiatives participant and brave student De'Jour Stewart. Click here to read the full story ››