October 23, 2012
Mendoza’s New “Clerk’s Kids” Program to Teach Healthy Eating, Living to Chicago Families
Initiative Launches with James Beard Nominated Master Butcher Kari Underly.
As a soon to be new mother, City Clerk Susana Mendoza recognizes that parents don’t always have the time or resources to teach their children about eating right and living healthy lives. That’s why Clerk Mendoza is launching "Clerk’s Kids," a new program done in partnership with James Beard nominated master butcher and educator Kari Underly and Chicago’s business community at no cost to Chicago taxpayers.
"I know the value of living a healthy lifestyle. At a young age my parents instilled in me the importance of not only exercising my mind in school, but also exercising my body," said Clerk Mendoza. "But, as someone who is about to become a new mom, I know it isn’t always easy to incorporate healthy living into our families, especially with today’s busy schedules. That’s why I created ‘Clerk’s Kids’ as an opportunity for me to partner with Chicagoans and Chicago businesses to share tips and resources on how we can improve the lives of our children and our families. With one third of America’s children overweight or obese, we must do all we can to help improve their health and be role models."
"Clerk’s Kids" launches today at chicityclerk.com. There, Chicago families can download healthy, kid-friendly recipes created by Underly as well as budget-friendly ideas on incorporating seasonal produce into cooking, links to Chicago’s parks, fun family fitness ideas, and fitness and health activities for children.
Through "Clerk’s Kids" and the City Clerk’s Community Services Division, the Office also hopes to provide every Chicago child who wants one with a free Kids ID card. The Kids ID program captures pictures, fingerprints and key information about a Chicago child so if that child ever goes missing, the information can be shared with law enforcement, media and child search groups. The identifying information is stored in a secure City Clerk database. Parents or guardians receive an ID card that contains some of the child’s information as well as a phone number to call after reporting a missing child to police. The cards are available at the City Clerk office in City Hall or the Archer Ave. satellite office and at select community events. To date, nearly 20,000 Kids ID cards have been issued this year.
In the future, "Clerk’s Kids" will include various community events and fitness activities such as a soccer day camp, Daley Plaza healthy family cooking demonstrations, and business giveaways.
For more information about "Clerk’s Kids," visit chicityclerk.com. To schedule a Kids ID event, contact the City Clerk Community Services division at 312-744-2506.