REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: September 2014 All-IAPO Conference



Register Now
Registration is free. A limited number of
travel scholarships are available.

This fall, partners from across the state will come together
to celebrate our progress and provide input into our strategic direction as the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO)
celebrates its 4th anniversary.

Celebrate coalition and community successes: From leading the nation on enhanced P.E. to establishing tools and resources to support healthy hospitals and worksites, we will recognize all that we have accomplished through our work together.

Learn, network & connect: Meet partners face-to face, discover new opportunities to collaborate, explore innovative initiatives occurring across the state, and acquire new skills through interactive workshops.

Provide input into strategic direction for the IAPO Roadmap priorities: Weigh in as we discuss the opportunities and next steps for making progress on IAPO’s State Obesity Action Roadmap. The IAPO workgroup sessions and interactive workshops will allow participants to provide input into strategy, build capacity for action, and set priorities for IAPO’s work in 2015.

The IAPO conference begins with an evening reception on September 17th, followed by a full day conference on the 18th. Some IAPO partners are hosting meetings on September 17th as “pre-conference” events.

September 17th

Pre-conference sessions include:

  • 9am-5pm: We Choose Health/Active Transportation Alliance Training: Complete Streets and Healthy Built Environments. This session will focus on creating and sustaining momentum around a safe, healthy and active built environment. Topics include ways to continue efforts beyond the scope of We Choose Health, as well as introduce built environment strategies to newcomers. Beginner and intermediate tracks available. A separate registration page is available here)
  • 12pm-3:30pm: YMCA Healthier Communities Initiative (HCI) Meeting. This session will provide an afternoon of discussion, networking and information sharing for YMCA HCI partners.
  • 1pm-3pm: Governor’s Food, Hunger & Poverty Roundtable. This multi-sector meeting will bring together representatives from a number of Governor-appointed councils and commissions along with non-profit representatives to explore opportunities for cross-sector engagement and collaboration around issues of food insecurity/access, local food systems, poverty and obesity. The public is welcome to attend and listen to the presentations and discussion, however opportunities for public engagement will be limited.
  • 3pm-5pm: IAPO Leadership Council Meeting (Leadership Council members only)

4:30pm-7:30pm: IAPO/Healthy and Active Communities Network (HACN) partners are encouraged to attend an evening networking reception followed by a film screening and discussion.

September 18th Conference


Inspirational address by populist radio personality, writer and former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower.  Hightower is the author of books such as There’s Nothing in the Middle of the Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos and Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow

“Democracy is not something that happens, you know, just at election time, and it’s not something that happens just with one event. It’s an ongoing building process.
But it also ought to be a part of our culture, a part of our lives.” – Jim Hightower


“An inspiring orator, Mr. Hightower delivers up to 100 fiery speeches a year, which has justly established him as “America’s most popular populist.” Twice elected as Texas Agriculture Commissioner, his term was  praised for nurturing organic production, promoting alternative crops, regulating pesticides and monitoring groundwater, among other programs.” – Perry Rosenstein, President of the Puffin Foundation, Ltd

“Jim has been out there for the last 25 years talking about agriculture and democracy, and he’s put it into practice.” – Russ Libby, Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association

Conference sessions include:

  • Trending: Best Practices and Opportunities for Improving Community Nutrition
  • The Integration of Community-Based Obesity Prevention and Clinical Care: Referral Systems, Data, and Payment Models
  • Advancing School Wellness Policies: Tools and Best Practices for Implementing Enhanced P.E., Healthy Fundraising, and Nutrition Standards in Schools
  • Increasing Access to Healthy Local Foods: Aligning Local Food Systems, Food Insecurity and Nutrition Efforts in Illinois
  • Opportunities for Improving Physical Activity in Communities
  • LINK Up Illinois: Doubling the Value of SNAP Dollars at Farmers Markets Across the State
  • Getting the Message Right: Talking to the Media about Rethink Your Drink and the HEAL Act
  • You Can Do It! Policy, Lobbying & Advocacy 101
  • Telling Your Story: Using Data and Crafting Stories to Engage Funders, Advocates, and Legislators
  • Addressing Disparities in Obesity: Practices for Taking a Health Equity Approach
  • A special morning session for Healthy & Active Communities Network (HACN) members to connect and engage

Register Now
Registration is free. A limited number of travel scholarships are available.

Bloomington-Normal Marriott

Hotel & Conference Center

201 Broadway Street

Normal, IL 61761

For those staying overnight, hotel rooms are now available at the discounted rate of $135 per night – just reference the Obesity Prevention Conference when you call to make your reservation: 866-704-2533. Book now – space is limited!

Supported in part by The Chicago Community Trust and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Contact with questions.


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