Sugary Drink Tax to Invest in Medicaid and Community Prevention Introduced in Illinois House

February 9, 2017, Springfield, IL – Representative Robyn Gabel (D- 18th District) introduced a bill to invest in community prevention and help address the state’s budget challenges with Medicaid funding through a tax on high-sugar drinks. The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Act (House Bill 2914), places a penny-per-ounce tax on drinks with more than […]

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Speakers confirmed: Coalition webinar on March 20

Join the spring meeting of the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity on Monday, March 20th at 1:00 – 3:00 PM to hear about federal policy threats and opportunities that impact obesity prevention, as well as state advocacy opportunities and challenges in the year ahead. The webinar will  include a refresher training on advocacy and lobbying for […]

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2017 Opportunities for Engagement in IAPO

In late 2016, the IAPO Steering Committee and workgroup co-chairs made some changes to the IAPO structure to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the coalition. Since so many IAPO partners are involved in multiple Roadmap strategies, the Steering Committee wanted to streamline the working group meetings and ensure the effective use of everyone’s time […]

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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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Register to listen: 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) Access the webinar recording here (registration required). Help spread the word! Download the promotional flyer here. As […]

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