Active Living Research

This program received support from the Foundation between 2000 and 2016.

Moving research into action to promote activity-friendly communities.

Active Living Research (ALR) translates and disseminates evidence to advocates, policymakers and practitioners aimed at preventing childhood obesity and promoting active communities.

Between 2001 and 2013, ALR was a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) administered by the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. During this time, the program focused on awarding research grants to build the evidence base on policy and environmental changes that could increase opportunities for physical activity.

Active Living Research continues to receive funding from RWJF, but now works primarily to ensure that solid evidence informs practices and policies.

Active Living Research

Grants and Grant Programs

RWJF supports programs to help everyone in our nation have the opportunity to live healthier lives.

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