McHenry County Gets State Grant to Fight Obesity, Tobacco Use

Illinois Department of Public Health awards $3.5 million in We Choose Health grants.


The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) awarded $3.5 million in We Choose Health grants to 21 organizations, including $298,994 to McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH).

“It is important that we all work together, area organizations, schools, local health departments, municipalities and others, to improve the health of people in our communities,” Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck said.  “I want to congratulate McHenry County Department of Health on receiving one of 21 We Choose Health grants and encourage everyone in the community to get involved in the exciting new programs coming your way.”

Partnering with community-based organizations, funding will be used to support the existing Coordinated School Health program (a school-based obesity prevention program), establish safe walking/biking routes to school, further policies for smoke-free outdoor spaces such as parks, create joint use agreements between schools, communities and groups to increase the number of facilities/areas for physical activity and make roads more accessible for pedestrian traffic.

We Choose Health is a multi-year, statewide initiative to encourage and support obesity and tobacco prevention in Illinois communities.  IDPH received a Community Transformation Grant (CTG) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to work with communities to implement proactive health programs.

Created by the Affordable Care Act, the CTG program supports states and communities that tackle root causes of poor health so Americans can lead healthier, more productive lives.  For more information about We Choose Health, call MCDH at 815-334-4510. 

Rob August 11, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Sounds like high hopes for $300,000. How about just changing the menu at school and helping those schools that need help updating their playgrounds? The adults choose to smoke or live an unhealthy lifestyle, use the money to give the kids a safe, healthy outlet to play and be outside.
Darliene Howell August 12, 2012 at 05:36 AM
I would like to recommend the free NAAFA Child Advocacy ToolkitSM (CATK) and other written guidelines/resources to assist you looking at programs. A Yale Rudd Center report reviewed existing research on weight stigma in children and adolescents, with attention to the nature and extent of weight bias toward obese youths and to the primary sources of stigma in their lives, including peers, educators, and parents. As a result of weight bias and discrimination, obese children suffer psychological, social, and health-related consequences. Substantial change is needed to combat this bias. http://www.yaleruddcenter.org/resources/upload/docs/what/bias/StigmaObesityChildrensHealth.pdf Rebecca Puhl of the Rudd Center further brings to light the stigmatization of large children in the following article. http://www.obesityaction.org/magazine/oacnews7/Childhood%20Obesity%20and%20Stigma.pdf The NAAFA Child Advocacy Toolkit shows how Health At Every Size® takes the focus off weight and directs it to healthful eating and enjoyable movement. It addresses the bullying, building positive self-image and eliminating stigmatization of large children. Additionally, the CATK lists resources available to parents and educators or caregivers for educational materials, curriculum and programming that is beneficial for all children. It can be found at: http://issuu.com/naafa/docs/naafa_childadvocacy2011combined_v04?viewMode=magazine&mode=embed


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