Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities is RWJF's single largest investment in community-based solutions to the childhood obesity epidemic. Tracking the challenges and accomplishments of its 49 sites helps organizations working at the grassroots level—as well as those who are interested in doing this work—see what is possible.
With this special video series, RWJF followed three sites over two years to document their ambitious efforts to increase children’s access to healthy foods and safe places for physical activity. Although these communities share many characteristics that put youths at higher risk for obesity, there are important differences in these project areas, which range from large and rural Central Valley, Calif., to the congested urban core of Chicago, to the inner-city neighborhoods of Louisville, Ky. In each location, however, there is an enthusiastic coalition of organizations, officials and residents who are committed to making a significant, sustained difference in their community. They know their children’s health—and future—is on the line.
Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is helping dozens of communities across the country to reshape their environments to support healthy living and prevent childhood obesity.