Camp Power is a collaborative summer program designed to respond to the pressing issues of child hunger and elevated youth crimes in the University Village apartment complex during the summer months. This program will engage youth and families in a variety of recreation activities, teach multiple ways to utilize the vast array of recreational resources in their immediate neighborhood and assist them in developing healthy food options through nutritional education.


Camp Power 2015 is generously supported by the following: Roberts Family Foundation, 100+ Women Who Care of the DeKalb/Sycamore area, DeKalb County Community Foundation, Youth Engaged in Philanthropy, Tri-County Endowment, University Village, Kishwaukee Family YMCA, Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, Ben Gordon Center, Northern Illinois University, Live Healthy DeKalb County, DeKalb Police Department, and Voluntary Action Center.

This nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program is outcome based and aligned with the Illinois State Learning standards.

  • We work with three school districts to provide CATCH in 14 elementary schools (DeKalb, Sycamore and Genoa) grades K-5th.

  • CATCH teaches children:

    • Energy balance 

    • Go, Slow and Whoa foods

    • The importance of physical activity

    • Reducing screen time with fun and interactive games and activities

A coordinated approach to school health, wellness teams and policies in the schools. Partnering with DeKalb County Schools, we are working toward continued success on the following initiatives:

  • Developing and implementing school “wellness plans” based on the results of each school's "School Health Index".  

  • In the southern end of the county, we are working with three school districts on the "The Alliance for a Healthier Generation" Healthy Schools Program, which brings parent, school staff, and students together to turn campuses into healthier places.

    • - The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, works to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity and to empower kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits. The Alliance works with schools, companies, community organizations, healthcare professionals and families to transform the conditions and systems that lead to healthier children.

Together with DeKalb County Schools and the DeKalb County Community Gardens, we are with the U of I Extension, the state and National Farm to School Network to achieve the following initiatives:

  • Working with local farmers and growers to bring more local produce and food to our county schools, businesses and other organizations.

  • Supporting and enhancing local farmer’s markets.

  • Providing the schools and community education/curriculum with programs focusing on gardening and growing your own food.



One of our goals is to provide continuous community education programs focused on improving food and beverage choices. 

Education sessions include:

  • Healthy Meal Preparation

  • Rethink Your Drink

  • Healthy Snacks for Children 

  • MY PLATE Education


LHDC coordinates with Northwestern Medicine to provide bike safety and helmets under their Think First program to first grade classrooms.


We work with local schools to offer:

  • bike safety education

  • bike rodeos

  • and other school events

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Coordinated Approach to Child Health