Fruitful partnerships: A year in review – Center for Policy & Partnership Initiatives

cornucopiaAs we close out the holiday season, the season of fellowship – partnership – we’re reflecting on how this is at the heart of all that we accomplish through IPHI’s Center for Policy and Partnership Initiatives (CPPI).  By developing and activating high-level multi-sectoral partnerships, we work to promote stakeholder-engaged planning, and incubate and implement new policy and practice initiatives.

We are proud to present some highlights of our work in 2013 below and look forward to a productive 2014!

Enhancing P.E. in Illinois

  •  IPHI supported the Illinois Enhance P.E. Task Force’s work, which culminated in the release of its report with benchmarks and strategies for enhancing P.E. in Illinois using the latest neuroscience research linking physical activity with improved academic performance.
  • In partnership with award-winning P.E. teacher, Sandy Noel, IPHI created a new FREE resource: Get Fit & Flourish, a manual for teachers and after-school program instructors packed with lesson plans and activities to enhance P.E programs for next-to-nothing right now.

Controlling Junk Food and the Bottom Line

  • IPHI released a study presenting case studies of schools that improved nutrition standards for their competitive food and beverages without significant negative financial impact.  Read more.

Drinks Rethought

CPPI supported hospital and healthcare system leaders and wellness champions in reducing access to sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) in hospital cafeterias, vending machines, lounges and even patient trays. Access Rethink Your Drink resources here.

  • IPHI worked with DuPage FORWARD and the American Heart Association to support all of the hospitals/health systems in DuPage County, as well as the DuPage Medical Group and the DuPage County Health Department, to reduce or eliminate SSBs throughout their campuses.

Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO)

  • A healthier workforce means a better economy and higher quality of life. IAPO released a free resource guide with strategies and case studies for healthy eating, active transportation, physical activity, alternative scheduling and breastfeeding in the workplace.
  • Looking ahead: The Healthy and Active Communities Network (HACN) and IAPO came together to strengthen and reinforce the great work happening through these networks in communities across the state. Read more.

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