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Profile: Adam Becker

InTouch Spring 2008 (Volume 5: Issue 1)

The Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) welcomed Chicago-born Adam Becker to the position of executive director in November 2006. Before joining CLOCC, Adam spent six years as an assistant professor at Tulane University in the Department of Community Health Sciences and then with the Louisiana Public Health Institute in New Orleans as the director of Evaluation and Research. With his extensive training and experience in the practice of community-based participatory research, and a committed approach to examining and addressing public health issues, joining the CLOCC team was what Adam calls “a great fit.”
CLOCC is a data-driven effort that brings together hundreds of organizations and individuals in Chicago, with a common goal of protecting Chicago children from the effects of the obesity epidemic. “To do this, we undertake action to promote healthy eating and physical activity for children and families. CLOCC takes a social ecological approach to this work. In other words, we examine and address factors at multiple levels—individual, family, community, and societal—that influence behavior.” One of the things that Adam values most about his work with CLOCC is the diversity of people, places, and activities he has the opportunity to be involved with on a daily basis. ”Every day is different, the complexities of the issue, the wide range of promising strategies, the variety of partners make this work really exciting for me. In one day I can go from a meeting with city commissioners to a neighborhood planning meeting to a training of community partners on our public education message, and then do a phone interview with a Chicago Tribune reporter.”

In his down time, Adam enjoys practicing yoga and spending time with family—his parents live in Chicago and his sister and her family in nearby Crystal Lake. He loves Chicago’s dance performance and the theater scene, and admits to indulging in his fair share of “trashy reality TV.”

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