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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 2018

A new report from Healthy Children, Healthy Nations, "Charting Pathways on Early Childhood Development and Nutrition for Minnesota’s Native Children" outlines a multifaceted framework for improving early childhood development and nutrition for Minnesota’s Native American children. Supported by The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s Seeds of Native Health initiative, the Center for Indian Country Development of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and the Better Way Foundation, the report includes a number of funder-directed recommendations, including establishing a collaborative fund and creating a funder collaborative to create opportunities for philanthropy to learn, network, collaborate, and align grantmaking. To help start the effort, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and Better Way Foundation have pledged a collective $300,000 to seed the collaborative fund, aimed at supporting investment in promising models, capacity building, knowledge building, and effective programming.

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.

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 Sarah Downer 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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