is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation designed to support local and state government leaders nationwide in their efforts to reduce childhood obesity through public policies that promote active living, healthy eating and access to healthy foods and beverages. LHC places special emphasis on promoting policies with the greatest potential for increasing sustainable opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating among children at highest risk for obesity. Efforts funded under this program are expected to contribute to RWJF’s goal of reversing the epidemic of childhood obesity by 2015.
LHC works with local and state government leaders because they make important decisions that affect people’s opportunities to eat healthy foods and be physically active within their communities. You might think these daily decisions are only about budgets, laws, regulations or zoning, but they are also about sidewalks, bike trails, playgrounds, recreation centers, school meal programs, neighborhood farmers’ markets and fast-food billboards near schools. LHC helps government leaders make the connection between their policy priorities and decisions and the health of their constituents—and supports them in their efforts to create healthier communities.