The Unplug Transformation Kit

Unplug Illinois! Today, Illinois Residents face these issues:

Out of Shape
  • 80% of Americans don’t get recommended amounts of exercise.(CDC, 2013)

  • 71% of Americans over 20 are overweight or obese. (CDC, 2014)

  • Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. (Ogden et al., 2014)

  • Only one in three children are physically active every day. (Department of Health and Human Services, 2017)

  • Less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day; only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week (Department of Health and Human Services, 2017)

  • One-third of Americans are clinically obese and the number has nearly doubled since 1980. (Adult Obesity Facts, 2015)

Technology Rules
  • Children spend more than 7 hours per day in front of a screen (TV, computer, video games, etc.). (Dowshen, 2015)
  • 43% of Americans aged 18-29 use their smartphones for 4 hours per day. (PEW, 2015)
  • The average gamer age 13 and older spends 6.3 hours a week playing video games. (Nielsen, 2013)
  • Of the kids surveyed in a study by the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, only 51% went outside to walk or play once a day. (Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent)
Self-medication
  • 55% of Americans regularly take prescription medication—four on average. (Consumer Reports, 2017)
  • 75% of Americans regularly take at least one over-the-counter drug. (Consumer Reports, 2017)
  • The total number of prescriptions filled by all Americans has increased 85% over two decades while the total population has increased by only 21%. (Consumer Reports, 2017)
  • 86% of American healthcare spending is for treating chronic and mental illness or $316.1 billion.(CDC, 2017)
  • Heart disease, diabetes and stroke cost Americans over $500 billion annually. (CDC, 2016 & Diabetes Council 2018)