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Healthy Eating / Active Living

Socioeconomic and environmental factors, along with unhealthy behaviors, such as poor eating habits and lack of regular exercise, heavily influence the development of chronic diseases. In response, there is strong philanthropic interest in healthy eating/active living—especially related to the childhood obesity epidemic. GIH has been committed to this issue for over a decade, with a recent focus on policy developments and improving access to nutritious foods.

Contact Colin Pekruhn for more information about our programming in this area.

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November 2018

The the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Healthy Eating Research (HER) program has released a new report, "Better for You Foods: A Guide to Evaluating the Quality of Nutrition Standards." Based on the findings of a scientific advisory committee convened by HER, the report identifies questions and criteria for evaluating the quality of local, state, and national nutrition standards. The resulting tool, Assessing High Quality Nutrition Standards, considers how closely a set of nutrition standards aligns with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

October 2018

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with Trust for America's Health, has released its annual State of Obesity report for 2018. The report continues to include the latest obesity trends as well as strategies, policies, programs, and practices that can reverse the epidemic. Among the current findings, nearly one in six youth ages 10 to 17 have obesity and confirmation that racial and ethnic disparities persist with black and hispanic youth continuing to be at a greater risk for obesity than their white and asian peers.

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