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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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February 2017

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Louisiana has released its final report for the Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana grant program. A three-year, $10.2 million foundation initiative utilizing a collective impact model focusing on public-private partnerships, the evaluation found a number of positive outcomes for healthy eating and active living among the participant communities.

February 2017

A new CDC Data Brief examines sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among youth between 2011 and 2014. Among the findings, researchers found that almost two-thirds of boys and girls consumed at least one sugar-sweetened beverage on a given day and older youth on average consumed more of these beverages and accounted for a higher percentage of daily calories relative to younger children.

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