Programs Receive Grants for Disease Prevention

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois health officials have announced $3.5 million in grants to communities for projects that reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

The "We Choose Health" grants from the Illinois Department of Public Health were announced Monday.

Some recipients including the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District are getting money to encourage smoke-free apartment buildings and outdoor spaces.

Others, including the Rock Island County Health Department, will promote pedestrian and bike-friendly routes for children to use when traveling to school.

The funding comes to Illinois through the Affordable Care Act, the national health law, and is part of a multi-year initiative. The Community Transformation Grant program supports states and communities that address the causes of poor health in America.

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