Local health officials gathered at Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department Wednesday to kick off We Choose Health-Southernmost Illinois.
The initiative came together in August after the Jackson County and Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Departments received over $402,000 in grants from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Health officials say this funding will be used by the 7 health departments that cover the southernmost 16 counties. They will work with their community's health coalition to transform their community and this region into a place where the healthy choice is the easy choice.
For more information, visit the We Choose Health Facebook page.