Health Philanthropists Meet to Evaluate Policy Options for Reducing Obesity and Promoting Healthy Living

Issue dialogue and brief report on policy options to accelerate progress in reducing childhood obesity

In 2006, Grantmakers In Health (GIH) sponsored a meeting and published a related issue brief aimed at raising the visibility of promising efforts being made across the country to implement policies that promote healthy eating and active living.

Located in Washington, Grantmakers In Health is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the health of all people.

Key Results

  • The meeting, part of the GIH "Issue Dialogue" series, held in Washington on November 3, 2006, drew 90 people from the field of health philanthropy.

    The meeting focused on identifying, highlighting and evaluating the range of policy options that funders can support to reduce the prevalence of obesity.

    The meeting featured small group discussions for funders to learn from peers working in the following six areas:

    • Schools.
    • Food systems and sustainable agriculture.
    • The built environment.
    • Workplaces.
    • Health care systems.
    • State programs.


    Much of the discussion was informed by a background paper produced by project staff, which examined prior efforts by funders in the above areas.

  • Project staff published a 59-page Issue Brief, entitled Reversing the Obesity Epidemic: Policy Strategies For Health Funders (available online).

    The report identified a number of challenges and opportunities for grantmakers working in the area of healthy eating and active living.

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