RWJF awards grants to help reverse childhood obesity epidemic

Jan. 16, 2013, The Wall Street Journal

Six national associations have received a total of $1.8 million in grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to help communities increase children’s access to affordable healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity.

The grants were awarded through Leadership for Healthy Communities, an RWJF national program that assists state and local leaders in their efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. The associations were selected because their members are uniquely positioned to work across multiple levels of government and across intra-governmental agencies and departments to eliminate barriers to healthy eating and active living in schools and communities. Continue reading

Communities take steps to fight childhood obesity

Jan. 9, 2013, Chicago Tribune

By Kay Manning

A 2005 study led by a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago came to a startling conclusion about the effects of childhood obesity: This generation of American children may have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

With 12.5 million U.S. children and adolescents considered obese, the average life span of all children could be lowered by up to five years, the study said. The fact that another 10.5 million children are considered overweight wasn’t factored into the study. Continue reading

AJPM launches a second round of the Childhood Obesity Challenge

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJMP) in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched a second round of the Childhood Obesity Challenge — an online competition for innovators of all backgrounds to submit promising solutions the childhood obesity epidemic.

Round 2 seeks submissions focusing on innovative policies aimed at reducing childhood obesity, as well as strategies for getting these policies adopted and applied to schools, institutions, municipalities, or other organizations. Continue reading

Event to highlight findings from ‘F as in Fat’

Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will release their ninth annual “F as in Fat” report next week. There will be a Hill briefing for congressional staff and other interested parties on Mon., Sept. 24, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. to highlight key findings of “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future.” Continue reading

HIA: Students more likely to buy healthier lunches if there are nutritional standards for snacks, drinks

June 26, 2012, Kids’ Safe & Healthful Foods Project News Release

Updating national nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold in schools could help students maintain a healthy weight and increase food service revenue, according to a health impact assessment (HIA) released today by the Kids’ Safe & Healthful Foods Project and the Health Impact Project.

The findings come as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prepares to issue policies requiring that food and beverages sold outside of federal school meal programs meet minimum nutrition standards. Continue reading

RWJF releases new funding opportunity to study the impact of sharing public health services

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently released a funding opportunity to study the impact of sharing services, resources, and functions across public health agencies and jurisdictions.

Referred to as cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS), these arrangements range from informal agreements around sharing discrete services or programs, to regionalization including the formal merger or consolidation of multiple public health agencies. Continue reading

NIH grant builds on previous RWJF work by funding research to assess the impact of childhood obesity prevention efforts

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has funded a team at Rutgers to follow a group of children for five years to determine the effectiveness of changes in the physical activity and the food environment on lowering rates of childhood obesity in five of New Jersey’s poorest cities.  The results from these studies will help policy makers identify what strategies are most effective at reversing the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic. Continue reading

RWJF makes statement regarding Surgeon General’s vision for a healthy and fit nation

The following is a statement by Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) commends Surgeon General Regina Benjamin for her strong statement on the urgent need to reverse the obesity epidemic to create a healthy and fit nation. We welcome her visible leadership, knowing the important role her predecessors have played by speaking out on this issue. Continue reading

There’s more to health than health care

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America – led by Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D. and Alice M. Rivlin, Ph.D., two national health care and fiscal policy leaders – released 10 recommendations for dramatic improvements in the health of all Americans, particularly those who face the greatest barriers to good health. Continue reading