What is the Illinois State Physical Activity and Nutrition (ISPAN) Program?

ISPAN is a five-year, $4.6 million initiative to implement physical activity and nutrition interventions designed to make it easier for Illinoisans to live the healthiest lives possible. ISPAN is particularly focused on low-income and rural communities, and communities of color that have been the hardest hit by chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Illinois Public Health Institute is collaborating with the Illinois Department of Public Health, local health departments in three regions of the state, and a unified coalition of organizations from multiple sectors to tackle the root causes of obesity and related chronic diseases. 


Explore the ISPAN Strategies


Increase the number of community and clinical settings supporting new parents to breast/chestfeed their babies for as long as they want to.

Early Care & Education

Implement and integrate physical activity and nutrition standards in early childhood education systems.

Built Environment

Connect activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations by improving walking, biking, and transit systems to promote physical activity.

Food Service Guidelines

Implement food service guidelines in worksites and community settings to increase the availability of healthy foods.


Successes & Impact

Successful Collaboration Around Breastfeeding Support in Peoria

Illinois Park District Adopts a Health and Wellness Policy to Support Staff and Community Residents 

Early Care & Education: Go NAPSACC Yielding Results

Community Sidewalk Audit is the First Step in Promoting Physical Activity in Murphysboro, Illinois

ISPAN Years 1 -5 Impact

IPHI worked to bolster partnerships, engage communities in strategic planning, and worked with ISPAN partners to yield successes!

Improved Supports for Early Care Providers

Complete Streets Policies Passed

Sites implemented/improved nutrition/food service policies

Sites Improved Breastfeeding/chestfeeding Supports

People Impacted


ISPAN Partners

  • Active Transportation Alliance
  • Chicago Department of Public Health
  • Chicago Food Policy Action Council
  • Cook County Department of Public Health
  • HealthConnect One
  • Illinois Chapter – American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
  • Jackson County Health Department
  • Peoria City/County Health Department
  • Tazewell County Health Department
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Woodford County Health Department

Contact ISPAN Staff for More Information!

 Contact the ISPAN Director, Sarah Flores, for more information.


Interested in implementing food service guidelines in your worksite or community site?
Contact the ISPAN Nutrition Sr. Program Manager, Kathryn Bernstein today!


Want to learn more about how to connect public health, transportation, and planning to connect activity friendly routes to everyday destinations? Contact the ISPAN Physical Activity Program Manager, Kiearra Jones, today!