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 population groups that are at highest risk for poor health and well-being and nutrition-related health disparities. 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 advance health equity in the areas of diet quality and nutrition;
  • build a vibrant, multidisciplinary field of research and a diverse network of researchers; and
  • ensure that findings are communicated effectively to inform the development of solutions with the goal of 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 from investigators representing diverse disciplines and backgrounds. We also develop research reviews, issue briefs, and papers that address major policy issues in child and family nutrition. The program’s overall aim is to fund research that provide advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers with the evidence needed to address key drivers of inequities that underlie poor dietary patterns, food insecurity, and related health consequences.

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