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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

March 2018

The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee, a group of nationally recognized experts in physical activity and public health, has submitted a report with its recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Building on the 2008 report describes findings from the Committee’s systematic review of the scientific evidence on physical activity, fitness, and health, and will help inform the next edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Among the report's findings and recommendations are newly identified health benefits of physical activity and mortalities related to sedentary behavior.

January 2018

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released a new case study report of Playworks, a program that provides supervised, inclusive recess programs at schools. Originally Play4Kids, Playworks began as a local program in the San Francisco Bay Area that has since expanded to become a national program serving 1,300 schools in 23 urban communities. The study provides lessons and insights from the scaling of Playworks that could help inform foundations and grantees looking to scale any number of innovative programs.

Upcoming Events

  • Webinar
    May 9, 2018 1:00 pm

    Cosponsored with Funders Concerned About AIDS
    This webinar will explore how grantmakers have helped to enable these important field-building initiatives and what can be done to advance these interventions locally and beyond. Speakers include Robert Greenwald of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School, Reece Soltani of AARP Foundation, and David Waters of Community Servings.

  • Meeting
    June 20, 2018 • Chicago, Illinois

    Please Join GIH for the 2018 annual conference in Chicago: Navigating Currents of Change

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