Evaluating the effectiveness of community grants in increasing physical activity among youth

The Foundation's Active Living Research program was designed to support investigator-initiated research to identify and assess structural, environmental, and policy changes with the potential to increase population levels of physical activity.The purpose of this project is to determine the efficacy of a policy of targeted grant funding, via the North Carolina Eat Smart, Move More Community Grants program, for the implementation of multilevel community interventions to increase the physical activity of youth. Community grantees will be matched with non-grantees to test changes pre- and post-intervention in levels of objectively measured physical activity, self-reported physical activity, and self-reported sedentary behavior across the matched-pairs. Qualitative interviews of grantees will be conducted to assess implementation facilitators and barriers. Deliverables will include: article publications; reports to local, state, and national policymakers and public health practitioners; and presentations to disseminate research findings. All policy-related communications will be created in collaboration with RWJF communications staff and consultants. No RWJF funds will be used for lobbying purposes.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $399,694.00

Awarded on: 10/30/2009

Time frame: 1/15/2010 - 7/14/2013

Grant Number: 67126


North Carolina Public Health Foundation

P.O. Box 18763
Raleigh, 27619-8763


Mary Bea K. Kolbe
Project Director


Justin Moore
Project Director