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Petition to Bob O'Neill

Voice Your Support for a "HealthPark" in Grant Park, Chicago

The HealthPark committee and the Grant Park Conservancy (GPC) seek your support to incorporate additional health and wellness features into the overwhelmingly successful Grant Park Skate Park - the most prominent urban skate park in the world. The GPC and the public collaborated to bring the Skate Park to Chicago, which upon its launch demonstrated the massive public desire for urban movement spaces. Now a committee comprised of local residents and the GPC are building upon the groundswell of momentum for outdoor movement spaces by incorporating additional features within the Skate Park area to ensure health, wellness, and movement remain at the core of this outdoor space. These additional HealthPark features will be integrated into the existing Grant Park Skate Park area in the southwest corner of Grant Park (Roosevelt St & Michigan Ave) creating an all-encompassing environment for using movement as a form of preventive medicine in the fight against obesity and chronic disease. The additional HealthPark components will be free and open to the public year-round. IMMEDIATE ACTION PLAN 1) Sign the HealthPark Petition! 2) Your written statements are important to this exciting endeavor!  Let us know your thoughts and what your vision is for the HealthPark in the comments below. How would you use the HealthPark? Your input is a powerful, vital component to making the HealthPark a reality. 3) Share the petition via social media using #ChicagoParks and #HealthParkGrantPark hashtags and LIKE the HealthPark on Facebook here. 4) Let’s Make It Happen Together! Learn more: Grant Park Skate Park, has proven to be a successful placemaking model that works and is in a constant state of evolution. The GPC created a collaborative society from the onset of the Grant Skate Park project. The Public, Skateboarders, BMXers, Artists, and many more were integral community members, participants and stakeholders. The Grant Skate Park grew organically through testing new ideas and monitoring outcomes and the park continues to evolve. The HealthPark will take a similar approach integrating the HealthPark into the Grant Skate Park as part of a healthy living public placemaking model.You ask what will your HealthPark be? - A public park that puts health, wellness and education at its center. - An arboretum infused with healthy activities including a wide-variety of exercise - disciplines including yoga, calisthenics, parkour, meditation & much more. - A home for free social events to build a healthy, all inclusive community.- Public Art, plants, trees breathing life and wellness into the heart of Chicago.Your HealthPark will be a public park that brings more green space and trees to Grant Park. Public parks have the power to preserve nature and make nature accessible to city dwellers to heal, renew, and restore mind and body. The HealthPark amplifies a park's natural traits by inviting people to move, be active, be purposeful and learn how to improve their health within a public, outdoor setting. By adding trees and creating more space for social interaction, the HealthPark will positively impact physical + mental health outcomes. The HealthPark will create and strengthen social ties while reducing isolation and depression. How has outdoor exercise changed your life? Why is outdoor exercise important to you? Why does the world need more outdoor public health spaces? Please comment and share your thoughts on this exciting endeavor! Let us know what you think, your vision, and how you would use the HealthPark.  

Grant Park Conservancy
928 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Mark Rothbart, Dominique Crisden, David Collingnon

Blink Fitness, Make Your Lockers Safe for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Members

Transgender and gender non-conforming people have been target of continuous attacks on their rights to use gender segregated bathrooms and lockers. These limitations not only affect students and the youth but extends to adulthood and beyond the school environment. Many transgender and gender non-conforming people consider spaces such as gyms to be vital for their development and health. Yet, the simple task of walking into the "women's" or "men's" lockers can be panicking, especially when those spaces don't provide safety and protection. The simple task of undressing becomes stressful and forces us to either hide in a corner or in the stall in order to avoid being harassed or physically assaulted.  Blink Fitness claims to be for everyone, this is why we are asking them to put that mission into practice. How Can Blink Fitness Be for Everyone? 1. Create All-Gender Inclusive Signs. Many companies already understand that gender must be inclusive and are taking real actions to support transgender and gender non-conforming employees. By putting these signs up, people will be aware that the space they share welcomes different gender expressions and identities and that harassment will not be tolerated. 2. Create a Gender Neutral Locker. Not everyone identifies as male or female and they shouldn't be forced to use a space that puts them in those confinements. Many trans and gender non-conforming people who may identify with male or female would simply prefer a gender neutral space to avoid harassment. 3. Train Your Crew on Gender Inclusivity. The Blink Crew needs to be trained on gender inclusivity and be a crew that is there to support us. My experience talking to Blink employees, experiencing that blank stare, and being in communication with management shows me that Blink has no gender inclusivity policy and training. Blink Fitness' goal should be to turn their beautiful mission into action.Blink Fitness, be for everyone! Blink will set the precedent for all other gyms to follow what a gender-inclusive space really looks like!

Raffi Ciavatta
139 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Charlottesville City School Board

Stop weigh-ins and taking away recess at Charlottesville city public schools!

Did you know that if your child is a student at Charlottesville city public schools, they are weighed every year during gym class? Did you know that recess is sometimes taken away from children for misbehaving in class – or even just forgetting their homework? Weighing children one day and taking away their recess the next is not an approach that makes sense. Why are our children being weighed? At Jackson-Via, parents are not notified that this will be happening nor are they provided with the results afterwards. Additionally, weight has some correlation to health, but more and more research is coming out that indicates healthy individuals can have significantly different weights. Additionally, a 2011 study found that by age six, children – especially girls – start to express concern about their weight or body shape (Smolak 2011). Weighing children at this age, in front of their peers, should be done with serious sensitivity to body issues that children may already be developing. Without a compelling reason, it shouldn't be done. And never should it happen without parental notification and follow-up. Similarly, Recess Academy is not an evidence-based practice. A 2013 report by the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences stated: "Children who are more active show greater attention, have faster cognitive processing speed, and perform better on standardized academic tests than children who are less active.” It also said, "Consistent engagement in recess can help students refine social skills." Susan Cluett, the Program Director for the UVA Children's Fitness Clinic right here in Charlottesville said last year, "Recess should be part of a normal school day, and it should never be withheld. The kids who disrupt class are the kids who need exercise the most." I don't blame most teachers for using Recess Academy. It is incredibly difficult to manage the behavior of an entire class when there are so many factors playing into how students behave. Do our teachers need training in alternative methods? Are our schools understaffed? I want our teachers to have the resources they need. I want to help them get that. Please join me in asking the Charlottesville City School Board to review the policies of weighing students and of Recess Academy and provide us with further information about them: 1) What federal, state, or local statutes mandate these policies?2) Are the policies regularly reviewed, with consideration for updating them to reflect evolving research regarding physical and academic fitness?3) If Recess Academy is not a legally mandated policy but rather a practice, why is it being practiced and where did it originate? Additionally, if these policies can be changed at our city level, we then ask for the school board's help in changing them. Read the full text of my presentation to the school board:

Christa Bennett
156 supporters