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.
In the fall of 2017, IAPO members convened to update the IAPO purpose statement:
The Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO) is a multi-sector coalition that works for equitable and just opportunities for Illinoisans to eat healthy and be physically active to optimize their health and well-being. Through partnerships and collaboration, public awareness building, technical assistance and advocacy, IAPO:
- Develops, changes, and implements policies and systems to support nutrition and physical activity and eliminate social and institutional barriers to maintaining a healthy weight.
- Fosters communities and institutions that integrate healthy foods and beverages and physical activity choices into everyday activities.
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