Leadership for Healthy Communities is proud to partner with related obesity-prevention programs that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supports.
ACTIVE LIVING BY DESIGN
Active Living by Design is a $16.5-million national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is a part of the UNC School of Public Health in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This program establishes innovative approaches to increase physical activity through community design, public policies and communications strategies.
ACTIVE LIVING RESEARCH
Active Living Research is a $12.5-million national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Active Living Research supports research to identify environmental factors and policies that influence physical activity. With an interest on reversing the rise of childhood obesity, much of our research focuses on active living related to youth in low-income and high-risk communities. Findings from this research will be used to help inform policy, design of the built environment, and other factors to promote active living.
AFRICAN AMERICAN COLLABORATIVE OBESITY RESEARCH NETWORK (AACORN)
Based in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN) is a collaboration of researchers, scholars and community partners dedicated to improving research on obesity within African-American communities.
ALLIANCE FOR A HEALTHIER GENERATION, HEALTHY SCHOOLS PROGRAM
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership between the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, is working nationally to create awareness and real solutions to the childhood obesity epidemic.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Program is designed to create a nationwide paradigm shift, in which the perception of a school environment that promotes healthy eating and physical activity is the norm and not the exception. The program provides real tools and solutions for schools wanting to create a healthier environment.
BRIDGING THE GAP
Bridging the Gap is a $33.6 million joint project of the University of Illinois at Chicago's Health Policy Center (the “ImpacTeen” component of the initiative) and the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (the Youth, Education and Society component of the initiative). BTG aims to improve our understanding of the effects of policies, practices and other environmental factors on youth diet, physical activity, overweight and BMI, as well as on alcohol consumption, illicit drug use and tobacco use. In addition to evaluating the effectiveness of policies and environmental conditions in reducing obesity and substance use among youth, it also provides ongoing measurements of change in these conditions over time, particularly in the nation’s schools and communities.
THE CAMPAIGN FOR HEALTHY KIDS
A collaboration of Save the Children and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Campaign for Healthy Kids was organized in response to the growing obesity epidemic among children in the United States. The Campaign for Healthy Kids provides consultation, advocacy support and communications assistance to coalitions that work to advance policies for the prevention of childhood obesity.
COMMUNITIES CREATING HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS
Communities Creating Healthy Environments (C-CHE) program is a national funding and capacity building initiative to support diverse, community-based organizations and tribal groups in the development and implementation of effective, culturally competent, policy initiatives to address childhood obesity at the local level. C-CHE supports policy advocacy to address childhood obesity in communities most affected through culturally competent, community-centered proposed approaches.
THE FOOD TRUST
The Food Trust's mission is to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food. Founded in 1992, the Trust works to improve the health of children and adults, promote good nutrition, increase access to nutritious foods, and advocate for better public policy.
HEALTHY EATING RESEARCH
Healthy Eating Research is a $16-million national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among the low-income and racial and ethnic populations at highest risk for obesity. Findings are expected to advance RWJF's efforts to reverse the trend in prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015.
HEALTHY KIDS, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
A $44 million program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities was designed to implement healthy eating and active living policy- and environmental-change initiatives that support healthy living for children and families. The program prioritizes reaching children with a higher risk for obesity. Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities is currently assisting 50 communities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico in an effort to improve the health of children and families.
NATIONAL CENTER FOR BICYCLING & WALKING (NCBW)
The mission of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) is to help create bicycle-friendly and walkable communities across North America by encouraging and supporting the efforts of individuals, organizations, and agencies. We believe communities should be planned, designed and managed to ensure that people of all ages and abilities can walk and bike easily, safely, and regularly. We believe that the changes needed to make communities more physically active and livable places will be achieved only through sustained action at the local level – in each community – supported by positive national, state, and local policies and programs. To this end, the NCBW provides bicycle and pedestrian advocates and professionals, transportation engineers and planners, public health specialists, and others with easy access to the information, training, tools, and experts they need to foster active living through community design.
NATIONAL POLICY & LEGAL ANALYSIS NETWORK (NPLAN)
ChangeLab Solutions and NPLAN work with community-based organizations, local public health and planning departments, schools, elected officials, government attorneys, and private counsel, creating groundbreaking policy solutions to critical public health challenges. Staff provides comprehensive training, technical assistance, and legal and policy tools to advance public health goals.
PIONEERING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
The Pioneering Healthier Communities initiative was launched in 2004 by the YMCA of the USA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2009, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation joined the effort by creating a Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities initiative in six states, which works to implement policy and environmental changes to support healthy eating and active living among children and families.
SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL (SRTS) NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP
Launched in August 2005, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a fast-growing network of hundreds of organizations, government agencies and professional groups working to set goals, share best practices, secure funding, and provide educational materials to agencies that implement Safe Routes to School programs.
Salud America!, the National Latino Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Network, is geared to unite and increase the number of Latino scientists engaged in researching Latino childhood obesity. It also seeks environmental, behavioral and policy solutions to the epidemic. Salud America! is directed by the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.