Healthy Eating Research

Identifying effective policy and environmental strategies to prevent childhood obesity.

Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is one of the most serious threats to the health of our nation. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), through its commitment to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic, has provided national leadership in efforts to achieve a healthy weight for all of our nation’s children, especially in lower-income communities and communities of color.

Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity supports research on environmental and policy strategies that have the greatest potential to improve healthy eating and weight patterns among children in order to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at highest risk for obesity: Black, Latino, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander children and children who live in lower-income communities. 

The program is a collaboration between RWJF and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Healthy Eating Research

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  • Report

    Healthy Eating Research

    November 20, 2012

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Eating Research aims to reduce childhood obesity by funding studies with potential to improve children's diets—especially children in the groups at the highest risk for obesity.

  • Blog Post

    Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going to Give Children a Healthy Start

    April 5, 2016

    We need to ensure that all children get a healthy start to life and can reach kindergarten at a healthy weight. The nation is already making progress to promote healthy eating, encourage physical activity, and provide access to mental health care.

  • Blog Post

    What’s Working to Help Kids Across America Eat Healthy?

    March 9, 2016

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announces $2.6 million in funding, available through Healthy Eating Research, for studies that have a strong potential to ensure health food access and healthy weight for all children.

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