Governor Quinn Signs IAPO-Supported PE Improvement Bills

Chicago, IL- August 4, 2014— Today, Governor Quinn signed two important bills that will improve physical education (P.E.) in Illinois schools to help students become fit for life. Professionally trained P.E. and health teachers will be recognized as “highly qualified,” similar to teachers of other subjects, under SB 3274, sponsored by Sen. Linda Holmes and […]

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: September 2014 All-IAPO Conference

CALLING ALL IAPO PARTNERS: ADVANCING OBESITY PREVENTION IN ILLINOIS: EMERGING ISSUES, BEST PRACTICES AND ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES ALL-IAPO CONFERENCE, SEPTEMBER 17-18TH, 2014 BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL, ILLINOIS Registration is free. A limited number of travel scholarships are available. This fall, partners from across the state will come together to celebrate our progress and provide input into our strategic direction as […]

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IAPO Legislative Wrap Up – Spring 2014

For the first time this year, the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO) pursued a legislative agenda in Springfield. We are thrilled to report success in both of our priority areas and thank all of our IAPO partners for supporting these initiatives in a variety of ways: Physical Education Both IAPO-supported bills to enhance physical education passed […]

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Advocates Vow Sugary Drink Tax Will Bubble Up Again

Efforts to combat obesity-related health issues in Illinois will continue  SPRINGFIELD, Il (May 27, 2014) – Though previously stalled, today the House Revenue and Finance Committee considered the HEAL Act as an amendment to House Bill 397, sponsored by Representative Robyn Gabel.  Though it failed to pass this time, advocates were thrilled that the House […]

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Progress report: Enhancing P.E. in Illinois

 Since 2010, the Illinois Public Health Institute has been working with an array of partners and stakeholders to implement a shared vision that all Illinois K-12 students will have the opportunity to participate in daily, high-quality physical education. As part of that work, in 2012 the legislature established the Enhance P.E. Task Force, which produced a comprehensive report with recommendations to improve and increase P.E. […]

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