Quinn creates office for public health advocate

November 21, 2009 9:38:48 PM PST
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn created a new office Saturday for a state public health advocate who would champion wellness programs and healthy habits.The governor visited Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago to sign the executive order. He noted that November is diabetes awareness month, and he said the new advocate will try to fight that illness and many others.

"Public health matters to the people of Illinois, and it's important that we take on these chronic diseases, diabetes, asthma. We have to take a look at obesity, which is not a disease. But, you know, that's something that can lead to bad things," Quinn said.

During the governor's signing ceremony, the director of public health stressed that people can keep themselves healthier by eating and drinking properly, not smoking or using illegal drugs and buckling their seatbelts.


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