Preventing Obesity: Nutrition & Physical Activity

IPHI works to reduce obesity through policy, systems and environmental changes impacting nutrition and physical activity in a variety of settings.  Our goal is to ensure that by 2014, trends in obesity and overweight will have stabilized in Illinois.  By 2018, the trends will be moving downward.

Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO) 

In 2010, IPHI launched and continues to coordinate The Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity(IAPO). IAPO is a statewide coalition comprised of stakeholders working for a state-level response to the obesity epidemic. IAPO works to shape and advance solutions to reverse dangerous obesity trends. IAPO supporters believe that Illinois must respond to the obesity epidemic by developing coordinated systems, policy improvements and investment on the scale of the problem.

Enhancing Physical Education in Illinois

In 2010, the Illinois Public Health Institute, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) convened a broad group of stakeholders to develop an Enhanced PE Strategic Plan. In 2012, the legislature created the Enhance PE Task Force, and IPHI is collaborating with ISBE and IDPH to provide research, facilitation and logistical support to help the Task Force achieve its dual goals of revising the Illinois PE curriculum and promoting adoption of Enhanced PE in districts across Illinois.

Healthy and Active Communities Network (HACN)

Launched in 2012, the Healthy & Active Communities Network (HACN) is a peer learning network of local coalitions and community partnerships working towards sustainable improvements in healthy eating and active living through policy, systems and environmental change.

Rethink Your Drink: Reducing Consumption of Sugar-Loaded Beverages to Prevent Obesity

IPHI is working to implement the IAPO’s short-term objective to mobilize, educate and advocate with community residents, leaders and policy-makers to reduce access to and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverage.

Initiatives include: a sugar-loaded beverage and health speakers bureau, Healthy Beverages in Healthcare, including a toolkit for health care organizations, and Rethink Your Drink: the Impact of Sugar-Loaded Beverages on Obesity, the first ever medical symposium on the health effects of sugar-loaded beverages, held in April, 2012.

Controlling Junk Food and the Bottom Line: Case Studies of Schools Successfully Implementing Strong Competitive Food and Beverage Standards

IPHI is partnering with the UIC Center for Health Policy Research to study how schools can successfully implement higher nutrition standards for al la carte, vending and school store food sales while minimizing negative financial impact. CHECK BACK SOON – the report will be out before the end of March.

Health Impact Assessment on SNAP and Sugar Sweetened Beverages

IPHI is currently conducting an HIA on proposed policy to exclude the purchase of Sugar Sweetened Beverages from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) in Illinois. The assessment will also consider the potential impacts of alternative policies.

Healthy Farms, Healthy People

In collaboration with the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, the Illinois Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council (ILFFJC), and several other key stakeholders, IPHI held a state-wide “Healthy Farms, Healthy People” symposium to address food access, regulations, food safety, and production/supply issues in Springfield, Illinois on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 – the day before national “Food Day.”

Local Obesity Coalition Training

Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Strategies

State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) – archived project

IPHI has provided the research, facilitation, process management and promotion of Illinois’ two state health improvement planning processes, the most recent having been completed in 2010.  In 2012, IPHI worked with IDPH and the University of Illinois at Chicago to support the SHIP Implementation Coordination Council.  The SHIP provides guidance to the state’s public health system on priorities for improving both the health of the public and system infrastructure needs.

Exercise Your Mind: Collaborating To Enhance Physical Education In Illinois Schools – archived project

This 1.5 hour webinar provides an overview of the goals and strategies of the Illinois Enhanced P.E. strategic Plan, published in June 2012. It also describes how P.E. has been redefined in recent years and practical ways in which this “new” P.E. can be implemented. The presenters share research demonstrating the link between physical activity and improved academic performance. Resources and tools for working with your school and community to support these changes are also provided.