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200 W. Front St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
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We Choose Health
We Choose HealthThe McLean County Health Department was awarded the We Choose Health Grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health in September 2012 to support community efforts that address population-based obesity and tobacco prevention efforts.

Unlike program-based approaches to public health designed to reach small groups of people, these types of strategies support sustainable change through policy development within a variety of community settings that impact a large number of people. 

The McLean County We Choose Health Grant has a few key focuses: Coordinated School Health, Worksite Wellness, Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing, and Baby-Friendly Hospitals.


Coordinated School Health (CSH)—initiatives to prioritize health-enhancing behaviors and reduce health-risk behaviors at school and at home. Components of the CSH program include: health education; physical education; health services; nutrition services; counseling, psychological and social services; healthy and safe schools environment; staff health promotion and community involvement.


Worksite Wellness— policies that focus on improving work settings to promote healthy living, including focuses of nutrition, physical activity, smoking cessation, and weight and disease management. Examples of worksite wellness initiatives include: healthy vending programs, supportive environments for breastfeeding, joint-use agreements for sharing of public property or facilities, smoke-free workplace policies, and cyclist accommodations.


Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing— voluntary policy implementation to limit the places where residents, employees and visitors can smoke on housing properties to reduced exposure to second-hand smoke.

Baby-Friendly Hospitals— a World Health Organization initiative to make hospitals a supportive place for mothers who want to breastfeed.

This Project is a part of the Illinois Department of Public Health's We Choose Health Initiative, which is made possible by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.