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Illinois Joins National Program To Combat Childhood Obesity


Illinois is the latest state to join a national program aiming to reduce childhood obesity. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner announced a new campaign from the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils yesterday. 

Rauner says Illinois has some of the highest childhood obesity rates in the nation. He says the program has had a “huge impact” in other states.

The program encourages teachers to look for innovative ways to improve students' fitness and nutrition. Three schools will be selected as “National Champion Schools” and will win fitness centers valued at $100,000.

The program and fitness centers are funded through partnerships with companies such as Nike and Coca-Cola.

The effort already rolled out in Arkansas, Texas and Florida. 

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