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Walk on the Wild Side 2012

Walk for Westview's "Walk on the Wild Side" 2012 event at the former Carrie Busey school in Champaign on Friday, September 28, 2012. This was the school's annual PTA fundraiser. In lieu of a traditional fundraising sale, students ask families and friends for small and large donations to be used to fund 100% of the PTA´s programs and purchases including: classroom needs, field trips, after school clubs and all-school events. Students have spent the last month collecting donations and this was the culminating event. Photos and more at

What Works for Health

What Works for Health provides communities with information to help select and implement evidence-informed policies, programs, and system changes that will improve the variety of factors we know affect health. Want to learn more?

Watch a video of the We choose Health Kick-Off.
also, a short video on US Obesity Trends

Still To Fat to Fight

We cannot succeed in teaching our children to eat healthier foods while selling them 400 billion junk food calories in our schools every year. A Follow-up Report to Too Fat to Fight. Read the PDF.

I-TOPP lecture series featuring Dr. Robert Whitaker

The University of Illinois Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Program (I-TOPP) invites you to attend the upcoming I-TOPP lecture series featuring Dr. Robert Whitaker from Temple University who will present "How childhood memories influence mothers' current feeding practices with their preschoolers" on Wednesday, October 17th at 4:30 pm in Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum located at 600 S. Gregory Street in Urbana. A reception will immediately follow the lecture.

More information

Transportation Issues from the Public Health Perspective

From the American Public Health Association. Lean more.

US Obesity Trends

Chronic Disease State Policy Tracking System

Visit this web app from the CDC.

Free Webinar on Communities Putting Prevention to Work

Communities Putting Prevention to Work: Using walking and bicycling as ways to promote public health

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

For information to to register click here.

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

We can make changes to ensure our children live active, healthy lives.

Childhood obesity is a major public health problem. In the 2007-2008, 17% of US children are obese, and certain groups of children are even more severely affected by this problem. There is no single or simple solution to childhood obesity. It is influenced by many different factors, including a lack of access to healthy food and drinks as well as limited opportunities for physical activity in the places where children live, play and learn. Working together, states, communities, and parents can help make the healthy choice the easy choice for children and adolescents.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health has been awarded a $25 million grant to support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities and control health care spending.

The Department and its state and community partners will use these funds to implement We Choose Health, a statewide initiative to reduce chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes, which are a significant portion (75 percent) of the health care costs in the United States. A multi-sector Leadership Team to oversee the implementation of the We Choose Health initiative.

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