Healthy Eating Research (HER) is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies that have strong potential to promote healthy eating among children, especially among lower-income and racial and ethnic populations at highest risk for obesity. Research is conducted in order to advance RWJF’s efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic and help all children in the United States to grow up at a healthy weight.

The program goals are to:

  • establish a research base for policy and environmental factors that influence healthy eating and body weight in children, as well as effective policy and environmental strategies for reversing the childhood obesity epidemic;
  • build a vibrant, multidisciplinary field of research and a diverse network of researchers; and
  • ensure that findings are effectively communicated to inform policies and guide the development of effective solutions.

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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