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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

April 2019

In a recent blog post, the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture discusses how outdated zoning regulations in Fairfax Country was hampering development of new farmers markets and community gardens.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.

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.

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