Sugarless Wednesday

A spoon full of sugar may help the medicine go down, but too much sugar in your diet can mean a lifetime of expensive health problems. That’s why Senator Mattie Hunter and the American Heart Association are teaming up to promote “Sugarless Wednesday”, an initiative aimed to raise awareness of the harmful effects of added sugar in our daily diets.

“Sugarless Wednesday” began Jan. 4 with a goal of people either eliminating soda or cutting back on sweets and sugary snacks each Wednesday of the month. Minority communities are disproportionately experiencing higher rates of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer which are often linked to excessive amounts of sugar consumption.

“By taking the proactive approach, I plan to protect children and families from the epidemic of diabetes, heart disease and obesity plaguing the country and this state,” said Hunter. “Sugary drinks and snacks contribute to more than 25,000 American deaths per year. We can reduce those deaths by starting programs that promote clean eating and exercise.”

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On Monday, Senator Hunter toured the Exelon Generating Station located in the Quad Cities. Exelon Generation is one of the countries leading energy providers, generating power of 32,700 megawatts of nuclear, gas, wind, solar and hydroelectric. Senator Hunter serves as the chair of the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee.

 Exelon Power Plant Tour

 

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Please Join Third Legislative District Elected Officials
 
Senator Mattie Hunter
Representative Ken Dunkin
Alderman Pat Dowell
 
For a District-wide Townhall Meeting to address the issue of concealed carry 
 
Saturday, February 2, from 12:30 - 2:30 pm district-wide townhall meeting to address the issue of concealed carry 
 
Illinois Institute of Technology campus in the Tower Auditorium - 10 W. 35th  St., Chicago 
 
Senator Hunter invites everyone who wants their opinion heard to attend. 
 
Townhall co-sponsored by Youth Connection Charter School

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More than 115,000 Cook County residents will now be eligible for public healthcare at no cost to the state of Illinois, thanks to a federal medical waiver allowing the county to pre-enroll individuals who will be eligible for Medicaid in 2014 into the Cook County Medicaid network.

The waiver allows Cook County’s Health System to “early enroll” certain uninsured patients into Medicaid who are not currently eligible but who will become eligible in 2014 under the Accountable Care Act. 

“I commend Cook County Board President Preckwinkle and Cook County Hospital Systems CEO Raju on their efforts to attain this waiver,” said Sen. Hunter. “I am thankful we will be able to expand access to quality health services for those who need it most while maintaining quality services for those already receiving them.”

The waiver is funded entirely by the federal government. Up until receipt of the waiver, the County and its taxpayers have been assuming financial responsibility of uncompensated and uninsured patients. Many of these patients will now be covered by the Medicaid waiver.

The Waiver will also give Cook County’s Health System, one of the largest in the country, a head start in planning for the future Medicaid managed care model, which most health systems will be converting to in 2014.

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