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IDPH offering grants to combat obesity and tobacco use

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The Illinois Department of Public Health is offering grants to local governments, school districts, community organizations, and others to fight obesity and tobacco use.

Organizations can apply for grants under the We Choose Health program, which is a multi-year initiative to encourage obesity and tobacco prevention in communities around Illinois. The grants are funded by a $4.8 million Community Transformation Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, are leading causes of death, disability and rising health care costs,” IDPH Acting Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “But this is not something the health department, community organizations or health care can solve on its own. Similar to the proverb, it takes a village to raise a child, it will take all of us working together to reduce chronic diseases and help people live longer, healthier lives.”

The We Choose Health grants will support efforts that:

Reduce exposure to secondhand smoke in public and multi-unit housing
Make healthy foods more available
Create more safe and convenient places for walking, biking, and other physical activities
Increase opportunities for healthy eating and physical activities in schools
Support children in walking and/or biking to and from school
Promote breastfeeding
Support social and emotional wellness in school
Communities and organizations can apply for a maximum of $300,000 per year for four years.

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