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Winn. Co. Health Dept. gets grant to support healthy living

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Thanks to a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Winnebago County Health Department will be able to better support the community when it comes to healthy eating and smoke-free living.

The department received $296,472 in grant money from the IDPH, just a portion of the $3.5 million in funds spread over 60 counties. The funding is from the We Choose Health program, which is a multi-year initiative to support eating healthy and living a smoke-free, active lifestyle.

"There is an urgent need to accelerate progress in obesity and tobacco prevention, some of the most significant contributing factors to the increasing chronic disease burden borne by individuals, families, workplaces, and communities," Mike Bacon, Public Health Director for the Winnebago County Health Department said.

The target audience for the department's initiative are students and their families. It also hopes to expand smoke-free areas in public places and foster safe routes to school for kids.

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