Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities

Promoting change through partnerships.

Community Action to Prevent Childhood Obesity

The Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program evolved from RWJF’s Active Living by Design program, in which 25 community partnerships across the country aimed to change the  built environment and support public policies to make physical activity part of everyday life.

Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities broadened this focus to include policy and environmental strategies that would increase access to healthy food as well as to physical activity for children and families at greatest risk for obesity. The program focused on lower-income communities, communities of color, and Southern states, where the risk of obesity was greatest.

The program supported multidisciplinary partnerships in 49 communities across the country to promote changes to local policies, systems, and environments that foster healthy living and prevent childhood obesity.  

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This series of videos documents the work done in three Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities—Central Valley, Calif.; Chicago, Ill.; and Louisville, Ky.

This series of videos documents the work done in three Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities—Central Valley, Calif.; Chicago, Ill.; and Louisville, Ky.

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  • Maintaining and growing the impact of Active Living By Design

    Thu Jan 23 00:00:00 EST 2014

    The Foundation's program, Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities: Supporting Community Action to Prevent Childhood Obesity, was designed to catalyze and support policy and environmental change projects to promote children's physical activity and healthy eating, especially in lower-income and racial/ethnic communities at greatest risk.

  • Technical assistance and direction for RWJF's Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program, 2014

    Thu Jan 23 00:00:00 EST 2014

    The Foundation's program, Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities: Supporting Community Action to Prevent Childhood Obesity was designed to catalyze and support policy and environmental change projects to promote children's physical activity and healthy eating, especially in lower-income and racial/ethnic communities at greatest risk.

  • Supporting strategic planning for RWJF's Active Living by Design national program

    Wed Apr 10 00:00:00 EDT 2013

    The Foundation's program, Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities: Supporting Community Action to Prevent Childhood Obesity, was designed to catalyze and support policy and environmental change projects to promote children's physical activity and healthy eating, especially in lower-income and racial/ethnic communities at greatest risk.

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