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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.

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July 2017

The Kansas Health Foundation, in their on-going effort to improve nutrition statewide, has announced some milestone successes from its multi-year Healthy Kansas Hospitals initiative. Thus far, the initiative has helped hospitals in 81 Kansas communities implement healthier food and beverage options for their hospital employees, patients, and visitors. Hospitals have increased the availability of healthy entrees, added nutrition labeling for meals in cafeterias, eliminated fried foods, included healthy snack items in vending machines, and provided nutrition education and training to employees. Additionally, 53 of the 81 organizations have formally adopted policies that focus on healthier food and beverage options.

June 2017

The Duke Endowment has released a new grant "story" highlighting its support for Dr. Sarah Armstrong, director of Duke University School of Medicine’s Healthy Lifestyles clinic, and her team's efforts to scale and replicate their Healthy Lifestyles community-based wellness program. Providing $750,000 worth of grant support, the program's goal is to reduce obesity, improve health, and prevent chronic disease among vulnerable children in the Carolinas, and is an important part of the foundation's Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas initiative.

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