Common Agenda, Bright Future: Local and Statewide Obesity Prevention Networks Join Forces

  To enhance alignment between the Healthy and Active Communities Network (HACN) and the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO), HACN is officially merging with IAPO in 2014. Sharing the common goal of reducing obesity across the state through influencing policy, systems, and environmental change to support healthy living, IAPO and HACN work on similar […]

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IPHI Supports In-Person Counselors, Get Covered Illinois

IPHI is supporting the West Suburban Cook County ACA Coverage Network and Get Covered Illinois in ensuring that Illinois residents can access affordable, high-quality medical care. The West Suburban Cook County ACA Coverage Network, a consortium of local community-based service providers, received a $250,000 grant from IDPH to conduct outreach, education and enrollment activities to […]

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Enhancing P.E in Illinois – Stories from the field

The  Illinois Enhance P.E Task Force recently submitted a groundbreaking new report with benchmarks and strategies to improve and increase physical education classes, based on the latest neuroscience research linking physical activity with improved academic performance. The changes will take at least a year to finalize, adopt and implement, but there are schools across Illinois enhancing […]

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Illinois to lead nation with optimal physical education and health standards tied to brain research

P.E. Task Force releases evidence-based recommendations and proposed revisions to P.E. and health standards A state report released today calls for new benchmarks and strategies to improve and increase physical education classes, noting the latest neuroscience research linking physical activity with improved academic performance. State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch and Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, director […]

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IPHI releases Get Fit & Flourish, free resource to aid in enhancing P.E. programs

We’re pleased to announce the publication of Get Fit & Flourish: Enhanced Physical Activity Manual.  This manual, developed by Golden Apple awardee Sandy Noel in collaboration with the Illinois Public Health Institute, provides a variety of lesson plans and activities to help students develop the skills needed for life –long physical activity.   Each lesson, developed […]

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IPHI CEO Quoted in WBEZ Article on Obesity Trends in Illinois Children

IPHI’s CEO, Elissa Bassler, was quoted in a recent article by Monica Eng, “Childhood obesity falls in 19 states, except Illinois.” The article cited a recent report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention that showed childhood obesity rates had declined in many states, but there had been no decline in Illinois.  “ ‘I […]

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