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Over the past 30 years, spending at fast-food restaurants has increased eighteen-fold  and the typical calorie content of menu items like French fries and sodas has increased almost 50 percent.

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  • 1358 hitsAndy Fountain
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Andy FountainFebruary 26, 2014                                       (202) 265-5112 Findings reinforce the need for policies to reduce childhood obesity WASHINGTON—The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that obesity rates among two- to five-year olds have declined over the past decade. Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recognizes the significance of these findings and applauds the countless efforts of policy-makers, community leaders, parents, and school officials nationwide who are dedicated to reducing and preventing childhood obesity. 
  • 2269 hitsAndy Fountain
    For Immediate Release                                Contact: Andrew SousaJune 27, 2013                                        (202) 265-5112 New standards will help ensure healthier options in schools nationwide WASHINGTON—Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, announced support for the interim final rule released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that helps ensure that all snacks and drinks sold in vending machines, school stores and alongside school meals in the cafeteria are healthy. “Millions of children will benefit from having healthier options because of the updated USDA standards for snacks and drinks sold in schools—where many of our kids consume up to half their daily calories,” said Maya Rockeymoore, director of Leadership for Healthy Communities. “Policy changes that make it easier for kids and families to eat healthier foods are helping to improve the health of our communities, and it’s important that schools implement these new standards as quickly as possible.”
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    For Immediate Release                                 Contact: Andrew SousaJanuary 16, 2013                                         (202) 265-5112 Funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will help state and local leaders increase opportunities for physical activity, healthy eating WASHINGTON — Six national policy-maker associations have received a total of $1.8 million in grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to help communities increase children’s access to affordable healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity. The grants were awarded through Leadership for Healthy Communities, an RWJF national program that assists state and local leaders in their efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. The associations were selected because their members are uniquely positioned to work across multiple levels of government and across intra-governmental agencies and departments to eliminate barriers to healthy eating and active living in schools and communities.
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    For Immediate Release                 Contact: Andrew Sousa                   (202) 265-5112         \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. June 29, 2012 LEADERSHIP FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES APPLAUD U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION ON ACA WASHINGTON - Leadership for Healthy Communities applauds the decision by the United States Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as constitutional. The Prevention and Public Health Fund created by ACA has increased the national investment in prevention and public health, including efforts to improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and reduce obesity-related conditions and health care costs. Chronic diseases related to obesity – such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes – are responsible for seven of 10 deaths among Americans each year and account for 75 percent of the nation’s health spending.

Leadership for Healthy Communities is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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