In response to Illinois’ growing obesity epidemic, in January 2010, numerous state and local stakeholder groups came together to form the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO).
Between February 2010 and March 2010, IAPO worked to promote public hearings associated with the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Obesity Prevention Initiative and the Obesity Prevention Initiative Act (H.B. 3767), which was passed during the spring 2009 legislative session. In 2010, IAPO also catalyzed and collected input from nearly a dozen regional forums, and hosted a State Obesity Action Summit on December 3, 2010. The State Obesity Action Roadmap resulted from the State Obesity Action Summit.
- We need regular and reliable information about the state of obesity in Illinois to understand where action is needed the most.
- Local, collaborative initiatives exist and are demonstrating how to make an impact on the problem, but inadequate funding means they are limited in scope, with limited capacity for evaluation and expansion to scale.
- There is growing national consensus on effective strategies to combat obesity which are not currently employed in Illinois.
- A state-level response is needed. Development of coordinated systems, changes in policy and investment on the scale of the problem must be undertaken.
Goal: Ensure that trends in obesity in Illinois remain stable in 2015 and move downward by 2018 through promotion and adoption of nutrition and physical activity policy and environmental change interventions.
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