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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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September 2019

Nutrition incentive programs aimed at increasing the ability of low-income families to purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods have grown over the past decade. In New York State, no comprehensive inventory of these programs has been conducted, and comparative information is limited. To address these important information gaps, the New York State Health Foundation has published an issue brief, "Nutrition Incentives for New Yorkers in Need." This resource provides a high-level profile of many of the state's existing programs and next steps for their continued development. It also offers recommendations on how to make it easier for New Yorkers to participate in these programs and the need for a comprehensive evaluation to identify best practices for greater participation and more purchasing of healthier foods.

August 2019

The Reinvestment Fund has awarded $1.8 million in financial and technical assistance grants to 23 eligible fresh food retail projects through the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) inaugural grants program using USDA dollars allocated by the 2014 Farm Bill. Ten projects received a total of $1.4 million in financial assistance and the other 13 projects received a total of $400,000 in technical assistance awards out of more than 240 total applicants.

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