In continued efforts to help improve women?s health in Illinois, Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director, announced at the Lee County Health Department $50,000 in grants to 15 local health departments and health organizations.
The Lee County Health Department is receiving a grant for $3,500 for a women?s walking program. The grants, ranging from $3,000 to $4,000 each, will be used for one of three programs: Women?s Health Awareness Events, Women Out Walking (WOW) Campaign and Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP).
?The mission of the Illinois Department of Public Health Office of Women?s Health is to improve the health of women and girls throughout their life by helping them change behaviors that can lead to a healthier lifestyle,? said Dr. Whitaker. ?Grants for the Women?s Health Awareness Events, Women Out Walking and Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program will encourage women to stay active and exercise as well as educate them about health issues, such as heart disease and osteoporosis, so they can live longer, happier lives.?