Creating a hands-on program to promote healthy eating and reduce obesity in children

The Foundation's initiative, Healthy Eating by Design, was designed to support efforts of schools and communities to increase access to healthy, lower calorie foods through policy and environmental change in order to prevent obesity among children living in low income, culturally diverse neighborhoods and communities. The Active Living by Design community partnership for the Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI) in Buffalo, New York, will promote and facilitate healthy eating among urban youth on Buffalo's East Side, specifically in the Fruit Belt neighborhood. The purpose of this project is to create a program which facilitates children's ability to grow, prepare, and consume healthy, organic, fresh produce at their school site. By doing so, the new Healthy Eating by Design working group will increase access to nutritious food in an underserved area, while promoting school district-wide policy changes to sustain this effort beyond the 18-month pilot period for this grant. Several healthy eating strategies will be employed, including a farm-to-cafeteria program which will focus on the link between access to healthy food and consumption of healthy food by re-establishing a connection between young food consumers and area farmers. A school gardening program will be a second component that will focus on the link between growing healthy food and consuming healthy food by establishing and operating school-based community gardens.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $50,000.00

Awarded on: 6/28/2005

Time frame: 7/15/2005 - 1/14/2007

Grant Number: 53819


Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Inc.

640 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, 14203-1221


Michael J. Ball
Project Director