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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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July 2018

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City will be providing $50,000 to supplement a $125,000 grant from the Convergence Partnership Fund of Tides Foundation to help diverse partners use storytelling to advance policies that will transform the regional food system, including passage and implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill and reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. The initiative, co-led with KC Healthy Kids, will assist residents in identifying how federal food policy shapes access to healthy food in their neighborhoods. The initiative will engage numerous partners across multiple sectors, including health, food systems and policy, agriculture, academia, business, faith, and government, to advance priorities at the federal, state, and local levels.

May 2018

The Ralph C. Wilson Foundation has granted KaBOOM! a $720,000 grant to support the newly launched Built to Play initiative, which aims to give kids across Southeast Michigan and Western New York more opportunities for kid-driven free play. The initiative will fund the creation and construction of unique play spaces through an exciting new design competition, The Play Everywhere Challenge. The grants to communities will range from $10,000 to $80,000, and go to winners with great ideas to integrate play into everyday life and unexpected places for kids who need it most.

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