Children in Chicago’s Latino communities face staggering rates of asthma and obesity. The consequences of these health disparities can shape the children’s health and well-being for a lifetime. In West Town, approximately 65 percent of children are overweight or obese. In Little Village, that number is close to 58 percent. (This compares with a national average of 26 percent.) The numbers are similarly disproportionate for asthma, which in West Town affects nearly a third of all children, more than twice the national average.
The Partnership to Reduce Disparities in Asthma and Obesity in Latino Schools was designed to empower parents and community members to bring about changes in school environmental health and wellness so that children will have the opportunity to live healthy, successful lives.