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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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March 2017

With support from the Aetna Foundation, the National Farm to School has launched "Seed Change in Native Communities with Farm to School," a new farm to school mini-grant program for Native schools and early care and education sites. The project aims to expand farm to school activities in Native communities as a strategy to leverage community-wide initiatives towards building food security and food sovereignty, and revitalizing use of traditional foods. The program will start by awarding five sites $5,900 mini-grants to expand and promote farm to school in their communities.

March 2017

A study of Howard County Unsweetened, an initiative of The Horizon Foundation in Maryland, was published in this month's Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine. The peer-reviewed study found the campaign helped lead to a dramatic decrease in sugary drink sales in the county, including a 20 percent drop in soda sales. The study, conducted by the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, is the first to use objective retail sales data to measure the effectiveness of a community-led campaign to reduce consumption of sugary drinks.

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