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Health department lands We Choose Health grant

WOODSTOCK – The Illinois Department of Public Health awarded $3.5 million in We Choose Health grants to 21 organizations, including $298,994 to the McHenry County Department of Health.

The money will be used to support the 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 places for physical activity, and make roads more accessible to pedestrians.

The health department will partner with community-based organizations to accomplish these goals.

We Choose Health is a statewide initiative to encourage and support obesity and tobacco prevention in Illinois.

The state health department received a Community Transformation Grant from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to work with communities to implement proactive health programs.

Created by the Affordable Care Act, the Community Transformation Grant program supports states and communities that tackle root causes of poor health so Americans can lead healthier, more productive lives.

For information about We Choose Health, call the county health department at 815-334-4510.

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