University of Illinois receives grant to study youth health, preventable diseases
October 05, 2012
The University of Illinois (UIC) recently received a $4.4 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support the work it's doing through ImpacTeen. With the additional funding, UIC's Health Policy Center at the school's institute for Health Research and Policy will study a number of factors that are impacting youth health. This latest grant is just a portion of the total $40 million the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has contributed to ImpacTeen over the past fifteen years.
The report plans to look at a number of contributing components, from the pervasiveness of food and beverage advertisements to the amount of time school children have for recess and physical education.
Through these investigations, ImpacTeen can identify communities that are not supporting active and healthy lifestyles for their children, which can contribute to long-term health issues and care costs, said Frank Chaloupka, a distinguished professor of economics and director of the Health Policy Center at UIC's Institute for Health Research and Policy.
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