• 10th Feb, 2017

    Winners honored at a special ceremony at the Old State Capitol

    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) is accepting nominations for the eighth annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. These awards recognize individual volunteers and for-profit businesses and highlight the importance of community service in Illinois.

    “Each year, 2.4 million Illinoisans take time out of their busy lives to help their neighbors,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of Serve Illinois. “These volunteers are helping keep children safe, keeping our environment pristine, helping people find jobs, and so much more. They improve and save lives each and every day, and with these awards, we recognize the best of Illinois.”

    Serve Illinois will present individual awards to one youth (18...

  • 8th Feb, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced an updated consumption advisory for sport fish caught in Illinois waters. These changes are the result of continued sampling by the Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program and do not suggest that Illinois fish are becoming more or less contaminated.

    “The advisories are not meant to discourage people from eating fish, but should be used as a guideline to help anglers and their families decide the types of fish to eat, how frequently, and how to prepare fish for cooking to reduce possible contaminants,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.

    There is no known immediate health hazard from eating contaminated fish from any body of water in Illinois. The main concern for regularly eating fish listed on the advisories is the effect of long-term exposure to low levels of pesticides and chemicals, such as...

  • 2nd Feb, 2017

    Raise awareness of heart disease and get your red on

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) wants you to wear red this Friday, February 3, 2017, National Wear Red Day®, to raise awareness of heart disease in women. Show your support by sharing photos of your friends, family, and coworkers wearing red this Friday on the IDPH Facebook page – IDPH.Illinois.

    According to the American Heart Association, 80 percent of heart disease and stroke deaths can be prevented with education and action.

    Risk Factors – these may increase your chance of heart disease.
    • High blood cholesterol
    • High blood pressure
    • Diabetes
    • Being overweight
    • Family history of early heart disease
    • Age (55 or older for women)
    • Being...
  • 1st Feb, 2017

    February is American Heart Month

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is launching its new Faith-Based Million Hearts® Initiative during American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease is the nation’s number one cause of death. However, it can be prevented in some cases by making healthy choices and managing heart conditions.
    “To help more people learn about heart healthy steps they can take and to support communities working to become healthier, IDPH is launching its Faith-Based Million Hearts® Initiative ‘Love to Love Your Heart,’” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Many people look to their faith-based organizations for information, support, and encouragement. By offering healthy heart education and tips on lowering the risk of heart disease, we hope to reduce the number of people who die from heart disease and stroke...