Healthy Eating Research (HER) is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program supports research on policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies that have strong potential to promote healthy eating among children, especially among lower-income and racial and ethnic minority populations that are at risk for poor nutrition and obesity. Findings are expected to advance RWJF’s efforts to ensure that all children and their families have the opportunity and resources to experience the best physical, social, and emotional health possible, promote health equity, and build a Culture of Health.

The program goals are to:

  • establish a research base for policy, systems, and environmental strategies that promote the health and well-being of children at the population-level, primarily through achieving healthy dietary patterns without excess weight gain;
  • build a vibrant, multidisciplinary field of research and a diverse network of researchers; and
  • ensure that findings are effectively communicated to inform the development of nutrition and obesity-related solutions in the form of PSE changes, with a particular focus on promoting health equity.

Healthy Eating Research issues competitive calls for proposals (CFPs) and commissions small-scale research studies and analyses on a variety of topics to solicit scientifically rigorous, solution-oriented proposals. We also develop research reviews, issue briefs, and papers that address major policy issues in childhood obesity. The program’s overall aim is to fund research that provide advocates, decision-makers, and policy-makers with the evidence needed to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.

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