SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is partnering with a national fitness icon to help combat childhood obesity in elementary and middle schools.
"Body by Jake" fitness evangelist Jake Steinfeld is bringing National Foundation for Governor's Fitness Councils' physical fitness campaign to Illinois. The campaign encourages elementary and middle school educators to come up with new ideas for encouraging healthy habits among children.
The governor said the fitness expert and the foundation will help "turn the tide" against the childhood obesity epidemic.
Three schools selected by the foundation will be awarded with $100,000 state-of-the-art fitness centers.
The nomination process runs now through mid-June.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said about one in six children is obese.