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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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January 2019

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Roundtable on Obesity Solutions has released a new proceedings report, “Understanding and Overcoming the Challenge of Obesity and Overweight in the Armed Forces.” The report examines how obesity and overweight are measured in the armed forces and how they affect recruitment, retention, resilience, and readiness. The report also discusses service-specific issues related to these problems and highlighted innovative strategies to address them through improved nutrition, physical activity, and stress management. Funders of this report include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, The California Endowment, Greater Rochester Health Foundation, The JPB Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, The Kresge Foundation, Nemours, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

November 2018

The the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Healthy Eating Research (HER) program has released a new report, "Better for You Foods: A Guide to Evaluating the Quality of Nutrition Standards." Based on the findings of a scientific advisory committee convened by HER, the report identifies questions and criteria for evaluating the quality of local, state, and national nutrition standards. The resulting tool, Assessing High Quality Nutrition Standards, considers how closely a set of nutrition standards aligns with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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