About CAN

By School District 54

Schaumburg CAN stands for Children, Activity and Nutrition.

Vision
Families making healthy choices.

Mission
Align the community around opportunities that build a foundation of healthy activity and nutrition for our children.

Background
In 2008, Y-USA received $6.8 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to launch its Pioneering Healthier Communities initiative at the local and state levels in 32 communities in Illinois, Connecticut, Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan and Ohio.

The Pioneering Healthier Communities initiative aims to reduce childhood obesity through policy, systems and environmental changes that help transform communities, states and the nation.

Each community receives funding over a three-year period to design and implement a plan for making changes in their environments that will improve residents’ health. RWJF funding will allow the Y to continue to share its expertise and lessons learned from community-level efforts and develop statewide models based on these efforts.  The community of Schaumburg was selected in 2010.

The teams focus on collaborative engagement with community leaders as they consider how environments influence health and well-being and public policy’s role in sustaining change.