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Lt. Gov Urges Rural Communities to Apply for Health Grants


Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is urging rural communities to apply for grants from a new public health program before the end of the week.
The Illinois Department of Public Health is making $3.3 million available through the We Choose Health program to communities across the state.   Grants will be given to projects that expand access to healthy foods, increase nutrition and physical activity in communities, promote bike- and pedestrian-friendly travel and create smoke-free environments.  Eligible applicants include local health departments and other government bodies, colleges and school districts, hospitals and other health care providers, and community-based organizations located in rural and suburban counties.

Applicants must submit a letter of intent by this Friday  with complete proposals due by June 15th.  Organizations interested in applying should visit www.wechoosehealth.illinois.gov.