Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities

This program received support from the Foundation between 2008 and 2019.

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.  

Active Living by Design
Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities

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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.

Grants and Grant Programs

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

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