Illinois State Physical Activity & Nutrition (ISPAN)

Funded by CDC in Oct 2018 through the Illinois Public Health Institute, this 5 year and $4.6 million initiative focuses on implementing physical activity and nutrition interventions in areas hardest hit by chronic disease like Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. With $228,000 coming to Peoria Lead Agency for the Tri-county area of Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties, ISPAN strategies align with our Tri-county Community Health Improvement Plan priority Healthy Eating Active Living.


Activities center around our strategies.

Breastfeeding and Early Childhood Education:

Built Environment:

  • Develop a Complete Streets Design Manual.
  • Identify funding sources for physical activity in the built environment.
  • Arrange for training around Complete Streets and advocacy for bike/walkways for all.
  • Participate in the Walkability Action Institute to coordinate regional transportation and planning partner action plan.
  • Advocate for Complete Streets with a Complete Streets - Peoria (PDF) fact sheet developed by our partnering group Active People, Healthy Illinois. Review the Complete Streets Pop-up Demonstration (article PDF) in downtown Peoria to show how biking and walking, as well as social gatherings can fit into a Complete Streets project. Watch the  2-minute video Complete Streets Pop-up Demonstration. For more information, contact Dr. Leslie McKnight at

Food Service Guidelines:

  • Provide technical assistance for assessments and policy language for worksites to adopt good food purchasing policies.
  • Work with food panties on nutrition policies in food distribution.
  • Participate in and guide the Regional Fresh Food Council.
  • Assist agencies with food service policy implementation.
  • Review the Southside Farmer's Market event activities engaging community partners to promote fresh food purchases in an underserved area.


“The Illinois State Physical Activity and Nutrition program is made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is administered by the Illinois Public Health Institute in collaboration with partners in the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity.”