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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.

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Issue Spotlight

March 2019

The Colorado Health Foundation is in the process of soliciting grants for "Improving Community Food Systems." Following the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger, grants will support coalitions to undertake a a nine-month planning process to develop implementation plans to strengthen local food systems. Specifically, these plans will focus on increasing the number of Coloradans who can access affordable, nutritious food in their communities and/or increasing the number of Coloradans who can access food assistance and nutritious food through community-based organizations.

January 2019

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Roundtable on Obesity Solutions has released a new proceedings report, “Understanding and Overcoming the Challenge of Obesity and Overweight in the Armed Forces.” The report examines how obesity and overweight are measured in the armed forces and how they affect recruitment, retention, resilience, and readiness. The report also discusses service-specific issues related to these problems and highlighted innovative strategies to address them through improved nutrition, physical activity, and stress management. Funders of this report include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, The California Endowment, Greater Rochester Health Foundation, The JPB Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, The Kresge Foundation, Nemours, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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