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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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Spotlight
October 2018


With approximately 24 percent of children 6 to 17 years of age participating in the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day, the United States earned a D- in Overall Physical Activity from the newly released 2018 U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Developed by the National Physical Activity Plan, the Report Card assesses the levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviors in American children and youth by examining nine indicators of physical activity. It also includes information on settings that are especially important for physical activity promotion and increasing activity levels of children: government strategies and investment, faith-based settings, and early childcare settings.


Spotlight
July 2018


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.


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