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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.

Issue Spotlight

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.

April 2018

A new report from Healthy Children, Healthy Nations, "Charting Pathways on Early Childhood Development and Nutrition for Minnesota’s Native Children" outlines a multifaceted framework for improving early childhood development and nutrition for Minnesota’s Native American children. Supported by The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s Seeds of Native Health initiative, the Center for Indian Country Development of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and the Better Way Foundation, the report includes a number of funder-directed recommendations, including establishing a collaborative fund and creating a funder collaborative to create opportunities for philanthropy to learn, network, collaborate, and align grantmaking. To help start the effort, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and Better Way Foundation have pledged a collective $300,000 to seed the collaborative fund, aimed at supporting investment in promising models, capacity building, knowledge building, and effective programming.

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