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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The Kansas Health Foundation’s $4.2 million Kansas Healthy Food Initiative (KHFI) has successfully launched. The foundation has approved $319,800 in grants and $634,985 in loans for 12 projects in 10 counties. KHFI is a loan/grant funding initiative for grocery improvements, farmers’ markets, food distribution, and other innovative projects to support increased access to nutritious food. This first round of projects will lead to 67,520 square feet of expanded or renovated food retail space, the creation or retention of approximately 140 local jobs, and 63,000 Kansas residents served. KHFI's invest also leverages an additional $5 million in other financing, such as owner equity, bank loans, NetWork Kansas loans, and funding from USDA.
In a recent blog post, the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture discusses how outdated zoning regulations in Fairfax Country was hampering development of new farmers markets and community gardens. With support from the Northern Virginia Health Foundation, the Arcadia Center is working with the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning and the Fairfax Food Council to modernize the zoning code and make it more “healthy-food-friendly.” In addition, these ordinance updates include an explicit focus on creating an equitable and sustainable local food system that increases access in neighborhoods in need.
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Most Recent Publications
Putting the ‘Community’ Back in Community Health
January 19, 2018
Nupur Chaudhury, New York State Health Foundation
Liz Ward, New York State Health Foundation
Understanding Community Engagement: An Outsider-Turned-Insider’s Perspective of Philanthropy
November 15, 2017
Erica Chambers, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland
Healthy Food Hits the Road: Making Good Food Available (and Affordable) in New England’s Food Deserts
July 13, 2017
Michael Devlin, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation