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.
Grants and Grant Programs
Learn about the types of programs and activities RWJF supports, and our grantmaking process.
ReportHealthy 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 PostWhere 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 PostWhat’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.
Testing drinking water in California public schools for lead and other contaminants in the context of an obesity-prevention strategy -- Transfer grant
October 26, 2017
Examining policies providing access to free water in schools and the health impact of an alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages -- Transfer grant
October 20, 2017
Technical assistance and direction for RWJF's Healthy Eating Research program, 2017-2018
June 20, 2017
The Foundation's program, Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity, was designed to support investigator-initiated research to identify and assess environmental and policy influences with the greatest potential to improve healthy eating and weight patterns among the nation's children.