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.
Upcoming Events Spotlight
The U.S. divisions of Danone, Mars, Nestle, and Unilever have launched the Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, a new joint advocacy effort that will champion progressive food policies. The alliance will lobby in five policy areas that it says are of interest to modern consumers: product transparency, nutrition, the environment, food safety, and a positive workplace for food and agriculture workers. The group has already begun its work by urging the Food and Drug Administration to advance the rollout of new Nutrition Facts food label panels, supporting a federal plan for a phased reduction of sodium in packaged food products, and requesting regulators apply forthcoming rules for labeling genetically modified ingredients to a wider range of oils and sweeteners.
The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City will be providing $50,000 to supplement a $125,000 grant from the Convergence Partnership Fund of Tides Foundation to help diverse partners use storytelling to advance policies that will transform the regional food system, including passage and implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill and reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. The initiative, co-led with KC Healthy Kids, will assist residents in identifying how federal food policy shapes access to healthy food in their neighborhoods. The initiative will engage numerous partners across multiple sectors, including health, food systems and policy, agriculture, academia, business, faith, and government, to advance priorities at the federal, state, and local levels.
September 24, 2018 • Richmond, Virginia
This third convening of the GIH HEAL Learning Community will allow learning community members to engage with local organizations, government, and philanthropy in Richmond, Virginia. This meeting is open to learning community members only.
June 12, 2019 • Seattle, Washington
Please join GIH for the 2019 annual conference in Seattle
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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