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May 3, 2017

RWJF Statement on Nutrition Standards for School Meals

Yesterday, Richard Besser, MD, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), issued a statement reaffirming support for school meals standards.

“Every child deserves a healthy school that provides … More

April 5, 2017

2017 County Health Rankings Released

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute have released the eighth annual County Health Rankings. The Rankings provide information on factors such as jobs, … More

November 17, 2016

CDC Reports Drop in Obesity Among Children in the WIC Program

New data from the CDC show that obesity among low-income children (ages 2-4 years) enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) decreased from 15.9% … More

November 18, 2016

Local School Wellness Policy Toolkit Available from USDA

New resources are now available to help school districts engage parents and school staff in Local School Wellness Policy efforts. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Team Nutrition initiative has developed … More

January 9, 2017

New Funding Opportunities from RWJF: Seeking Innovators from Every Field

Applications are now open for the 2017 cohort in four national leadership development programs from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) designed to create the next generation of leaders committed … More

January 23, 2017

RWJF and The Food Trust Launch “The Center for Healthy Food Access”

The Food Trust and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have launched a new national collaborative effort – the Center for Healthy Food Access – that will work to ensure that every … More

January 24, 2017

New Online Health Equity Resource

Allies for Reaching Community Health Equity (ARCHE), a collaborative partnership between the Center for Global Policy Solutions and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, aims to advance equity-centered strategies that strengthen … More

August 23, 2016

American Heart Association Releases Guidelines for Children’s Intake of Added Sugars

The American Heart Association (AHA) has just released a scientific statement with recommendations for specific limits on added sugars for children.

The highlights:

The American Heart Association recommends children 2-18 consume less than … More

August 29, 2016

Berkeley’s Sugar-Sweetened Beverage (SSB) Tax Reduces SSB Consumption in Low-Income Neighborhoods

Five months following the implementation of the nation’s first penny per ounce tax on sugary drinks, purchases of such beverages declined by 21 percent among residents in lower-income neighborhoods in … More

September 1, 2016

Just Released: The State of Obesity 2016

A new report from Trust from America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shares the latest data on obesity rates across the country.

Some key findings of the report:

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