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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

May 2019

This Grantmakers In Health supplement to the Stanford Social Innovation Review provides a snapshot of the latest thinking from health funders, researchers, and advocates on healthy eating and active living (HEAL) and healthy communities.

May 2019

The Kansas Health Foundation’s $4.2 million Kansas Healthy Food Initiative (KHFI) has successfully launched. The foundation has approved $319,800 in grants and $634,985 in loans for 12 projects in 10 counties. KHFI is a loan/grant funding initiative for grocery improvements, farmers’ markets, food distribution, and other innovative projects to support increased access to nutritious food. This first round of projects will lead to 67,520 square feet of expanded or renovated food retail space, the creation or retention of approximately 140 local jobs, and 63,000 Kansas residents served. KHFI's invest also leverages an additional $5 million in other financing, such as owner equity, bank loans, NetWork Kansas loans, and funding from USDA.

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