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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 2019

Finding a lack of tools and resources available to state Medicaid agencies and managed care organizations (MCOs) to make a business case for investing in prevention, Nemours developed its Financial Simulation tool. Based on existing research literature and validated through a partnership with the Maryland Department of Health, the tool provides important return on investment (ROI) information to any state interested in exploring and implementing childhood obesity prevention interventions. It can also be used by policymakers searching for reliable evidence to make the case for cost-effective prevention. Local and state health officers can use it to build the urgent case for continued support of Medicaid and can offer solutions of how to best use limited dollars.

July 2019

According to the new U.S. Department of Agriculture "School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study," the new school meals nutrition standards implemented as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 have had a "positive and significant influence on nutrition quality.” The first study of the school meals program since the Act's implementation, researchers found that under the new standards plate waste has not increased, student participation rates in federal meal programs are highest in schools that offer the healthiest meals, and most schools are implementing the updated standards successfully. The study gathered data from more than 1,200 schools nationwide on the nutritional quality of school meals, school compliance with the standards, meal costs and revenues, and student participation.

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