RWJF is committed to tackling one of the most urgent threats to the health of our children and families—childhood obesity. Our goal is to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.
Investing in research is the cornerstone of RWJF’s approach for reversing the childhood obesity epidemic. Our grantees are examining which strategies have the greatest potential to promote healthy eating and physical activity among children.
Latest Childhood Obesity Research Products
July 9, 2013 | Journal Article
In adolescent females, weight gain and obesity were risk factors for depression onset during the transition to adulthood according to research findings.
March 1, 2013 | Journal Article
Engaging Latina teens in a photography project empowered them to address barriers to physical activity in their Connecticut community.
December 26, 2010 | Story
According to Johnson Dias, the presence of poverty, racism and crime is a daily disaster in these neighborhoods. "Public safety here is a heath issue," she says. "You can't keep your child physically active if you are concerned your child might die."
September 16, 2010 | Program Results Report
From 2005 to 2008, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago carried out two studies to determine the impact of Title IX legislation on physical activity and obesity in girls and women.
August 4, 2010 | Program Results Report
The Guam SDA (Seventh-day Adventist) Ypao Church of the Guam Micronesia Missions developed and implemented the Sustantia Project, a campaign to end childhood obesity in Guam.
February 21, 2007 | Program Results Report
Erica G. Phillips-Caesar and a team of researchers conducted focus groups to find out what got in the way of eating healthy foods and increasing physical activity.
June 5, 2007 | Program Results Report
From 2003 to 2005, the Girl Scouts of Delaware-Raritan created an Active Living patch to promote the importance of active living.
June 6, 2007 | Program Results Report
From 2000 to 2005, staff at the Black Women's Health Imperative created and implemented an online version of a self-help fitness program for African-American women called Walking for Wellness.
June 17, 2006 | Program Results Report
The Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I., evaluated the extent to which Choose To Move and Jump Start, two print-based self-help interventions, increased physical activity among sedentary women.
April 12, 2004 | Program Results Report
In 2002, researchers at seven universities expanded a CDC-funded study about the factors that affect the physical activity levels of racially and ethnically diverse women.