Fact Sheets and Resources

Alarming Facts: Obesity Threatens Our Health and Economic Future

The Truth About Sugar-Loaded Drinks

Health Eating + Active Living Act Resources




Healthy Eating + Active Living Fact Sheet







Healthy Eating + Active Living Frequently Asked Questions








New! Healthy Eating +Active Living (HEAL) Act infographic






Improving Beverage Offerings



Help spread the word with the Rethink Your Drink poster, available in English or Spanish, great for hanging in schools, clinics, workplace lunch rooms/vending areas, or after-school programs.







Handout the Rethink Your Drink Brochure (also available in Spanish) to give community members helpful tips for choosing healthier options.






Infographic: Sugary Beverages by the Numbers 










Use this educational postcard to help people see just how much sugar is in sugary drinks and how that impacts their health.




Healthy_Bev_cc Rethink Your Drink Healthy Beverage Toolkit for Healthcare

This Healthy Beverage Toolkit for Healthcare is intended to assist hospitals, health centers and other organizations with similar missions to implement policies and programs that support the health of the community they serve by improving their beverage offerings. Includes best practices for promoting healthy beverage choices based on current science, public health research, and national recommendations and standards.



Local Foods




New! Exploring Economic and Health Impacts of Local Food Procurement






New! Executive Summary: Exploring Economic and Health Impacts of Local Food Procurement






New! Selection: Critical Analysis of Economic Impact Methodologies





Competitive Foods in Schools:

Controlling Junk Food and the Bottom Line: Case Studies of Schools Successfully Implementing Strong Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages

Building on the Controlling Junk Food and the Bottom Line report, in October 2014 the Illinois Public Health Institute released the five tip sheets below to help schools implement Smart Snacks in School while minimizing negative financial impact. In November 2014, IPHI hosted a webinar to share strategies, best practices and success stories from schools implementing improved nutrition standards across the country. Access the webinar here.




New! Controlling Junk Food and the Bottom Line: Executive Summary






Tip Sheet 2: Creating and Implementing Policies for Healthier Competitive Foods Standards






Tip Sheet 3: Improving Access to Healthy Foods and Beverages Through Healthier Competitive Foods Standards






Tip Sheet 4: Student Education and Engagement to Support Healthier Competitive Foods Standards






Tip Sheet 5: Improving Cafeteria Strategies to Support Healthier Competitive Foods Standards




Enhanced Physical Education in Illinois:


*UPDATED* Enhanced P.E. Fact Sheet

IAPO Newsletter (7/11): Special Edition on Physical Education in Illinois

This free online manual, developed by Golden Apple awardee Sandy Noel in collaboration with the Illinois Public Health Institute, provides a variety of lesson plans and activities to help students develop the skills needed for life –long physical activity. Learn more.


 Worksite Wellness:


IAPO Worksite Wellness Resource Guide

A free resource on policy and implementation information in areas such as physical activity, alternative scheduling, healthy vending, and breastfeeding support. Additionally, it contains
information about assessing current worksite wellness and forming a committee.