Farm to early care and education initiatives work across systems, linking health, education, and agriculture to support young children’s cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development; improve community nutrition; and build sustainable local food systems. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has released a set of new resources based on the learnings from their five-year, five-state (Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) investment in farm to early care and education.
To help spur decisionmakers to enact the changes necessary to create a stronger regional food system, the “Route 1 Lived Experiences Report,” documents the stories of 15 county residents living along the Route 1 Corridor, one of the region’s “islands of disadvantage.”
A new report from the Rockefeller Foundation, “True Cost of Food: Measuring What Matters to Transform the U.S. Food System,” outlines the true cost of food, including the impacts on health, the environment, biodiversity, and livelihoods.
Recent efforts in the field of child obesity prevention have placed emphasis on the school-age population, and with good reason. Schools present a unique opportunity to reach large groups of children on a regular basis with healthy foods and physical activity. However, about 10 percent of children come to kindergarten already obese, indicating that more attention needs to focus on the period of life before school.
Over the past year, adult obesity rates continued to rise in the United States, resulting in an urgent need to lower rates. But much of what got us here will take years of extensive effort to reverse.
Pathways to Community Health: Funders Supporting Biking and Walking Trails to Promote Physical Activity
Currently, more than half of U.S. adults do not engage in enough physical activity to provide health benefits, and one in four is not active at all during leisure time. Walking, riding bikes, and playing outside are not options when neighborhoods and parks are unsafe or if there are no sidewalks or bike trails.
One of the most deadly and disabling consequences of America’s obesity epidemic is the precipitous increase of individuals suffering from diabetes. According to estimates by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), approximately 4,110 people are diagnosed with diabetes each day, with 1.5 million new cases diagnosed in 2005. The ADA predicts that one in three Americans born in 2000 will develop diabetes during their lifetime.
Social marketing is increasingly being applied to the promotion of healthier behaviors and the prevention of chronic diseases. This 2 page Issue Focus describes how grantmakers can use social marketing techniques to help people quit smoking or never start, eat a healthier diet, and get more exercise.
The development and progression of many chronic diseases are linked to unhealthy behaviors, particularly cigarette smoking and use of other tobacco products, poor diet, and lack of regular exercise. This Issue Focus highlights the many ways that health grantmakers across the country are mobilizing communities, employers, schools, families, and individuals to move toward healthier behaviors.
With reports from the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services regarding the prevalence of
and danger associated with obesity in America, a
“call to action” was issued to all communities nationwide to
help address this health problem. In a world where fast food
and soft drinks are a common meal and Internet surfing or
computer games replace exercise, children today face serious
This resource portfolio provides profiles on each of the nation’s leading health indicators, as well as an overview highlighting GIH resources on this topic.
The country is facing double threats: a dramatic increase in rates of overweight and obesity among children and adults, and an accompanying increase in diabetes and other conditions that threaten the lives and health of the nation’s population. This Issue Focus explores ways that grantmakers can play a role in identifying and promoting effective prevention and intervention strategies, including tackling the root causes of the problem.