Illinois joins national childhood fitness program

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SPRINGFIELD - Governor Bruce Rauner has announced that Illinois has joined a national program designed to combat childhood obesity.

Rauner announced that the state would join a new campaign from the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils on Monday.  According to Rauner, the program has made a "huge impact" in other participating states.

Under the program, Illinois educators will be encouraged to find new, innovative ways to improve the fitness and nutrition of the state's students.  Officials will select the three schools as "National Champion Schools," and those schools will win $100,000 fitness centers.

Officials say companies like Nike and Coca-Cola are helping with the funding of the program and fitness centers. 

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