Sugary drink tax proposed in Illinois Senate budget plan: Revenue should invest in health

Illinois health organizations have been encouraged by the budget discussions and movement in the Senate over the last few weeks. A budget is vital to the health of Illinoisans, and we all know it won’t come without sacrifices and new sources of revenue. One healthy revenue idea is the proposed penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks […]

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January webinar: Fitness Assessments in Illinois: Tools, Resources, and Information You Need

Join the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity, the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health for a webinar: Fitness Assessments in Illinois: Tools, Resources, and Information You Need Tuesday, January 31st (3pm-4:30pm CST) REGISTER HERE Help spread the word! Download the promotional flyer here. As part of a larger plan […]

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New Vending Machine Labeling Requirements Now in Effect

To help consumers stay informed about their food and beverage choices, new national calorie labeling requirements went into effect for vending machines on December 1st. As part of menu and vending machine labeling requirements in the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now requires that calories be posted on the front […]

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Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax Investments Will Work to Improve Health

The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted 9-8 to approve a penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 budget, which invests in the County’s health and hospital system and public safety and justice system. The courageous vote puts Cook County in the vanguard of communities dealing with the health harms of […]

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SNAP Healthy Local Foods Incentives Fund Bill Passes House and Senate

Update: Governor Rauner Signs SNAP Healthy Local Foods Incentive Fund Bill On January 20th, 2017 Gov. Rauner signed into law SB 1367, House Amendment 1, the SNAP Healthy Local Foods Incentive Fund bill. The bill supports Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants in purchasing more fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets by increasing access […]

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