Young Illinoisans with ideas for fighting childhood obesity are being encouraged to apply for grants from UnitedHealthcare and an advocacy group.
The 2012 Health Heroes grants total up to $1,000 each for hands-on community-centered programs.
It's the fourth year the health insurer has paired with the Youth Service America group to offer these grants. Last year, $6,000 went to eight groups in Illinois.
Young people work with educators and youth leaders on these projects.
Wilbur Wright College was among last year's winners. It worked with Chicago Academy High School on a student-led service-learning project on Chicago's northwest side. College students educated kids on obesity issues and held a quiz show and other activities.
Applications for this year's grants are due before midnight on Oct. 17. They're available online athttp://www.YSA.org/HEROES .