ChildObesity180 Receives $1.5 Million from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

Getting America's outdoors and active is a key goal of funders working against childhood obesity. Just look at this grant to ChildObesity180 to support its Healthy Kids Out of School initiative.
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Treats for All? Who's Likely to Get a Piece of RWJF's New Money for Childhood Obesity

We could go on about what a hefty problem childhood obesity is, and how it leads to all sorts of later health problems. But let's cut to what really matters: How RWJF is likely to spend $500 million.
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Check Out the Walmart Foundation's Plan to Fight Summer Hunger Among Poor Kids

Only one in seven children who needed summer meals received them, and the demand for such meals is only increasing. The Walmart Foundation is one of a number of funders with an eye on this problem, and it has the deep pockets to do something about it.
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A Closer Look at RWJF's Hefty Child Obesity Grants to the American Heart Association

When a funder dumps over $20 million on a big national nonprofit in two years, you can bet that some of that money -- or a lot of it -- will actually end up feeding many smaller nonprofits through regranting. And, sure enough, that's the case here.
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Funding the Hunt for Elusive Answers on Obesity

Everyone has a theory, but thousands of studies later, we seem to have few good solutions to the fact that America’s obesity rates have tripled since the 1960s. As part of its Research Integrity program, one foundation hopes a surge in private funding will get to the bottom of this maddeningly confusing problem.
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Inside the Growing Push Against Latino Obesity

The push to support Latino anti-obesity initiatives is gaining steam, but it’s still a fairly uncommon focus for foundations, whether national or local. That may be changing as more funders follow the lead of RWJF and Aetna, which have been working in this space for several years now.
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Check Out the Safeway Foundation's Childhood Obesity Initiatives

The Safeway Foundation and its partner, Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland, has awarded $3 million for grass-roots projects addressing obesity among children. An example of one project funded under this program is a $71,000 grant to UC Berkeley School of Public Health for an online referral system that enables health providers to refer children with high obesity risk to appropriate organizations and monitor their progress.
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Let's Fight Obesity by Teaching Kids About Food

As part of its crusade against obesity among children, the Aetna Foundation recently awarded $163,000 to Landon Pediatric Foundation to extend the anti-obesity online curriculum, My Healthy World (first piloted in Arizona, California and Maryland in 2011) to the 2013-14 school year. The grant will also allow for the expansion of the program to include up to 1000 more students in Maryland, Illinois, Texas and DC.
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Where Is the Nexus Between Hunger and Obesity?

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is focusing heavily on combating childhood obesity, and has invested more than $14 million in related projects. Many of these grants are relatively small, and lesser-known community organizations with innovative ideas are benefiting from the RWJF’s investments in projects of different sizes and scopes.

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Why the American Heart Association Just Got Big Money to Fight Childhood Obesity

What does the American Heart Association know about kids? Isn't the AHA -- one of those hallowed non-profits that's been around forever — mainly focused on stopping middle-aged adults from dropping dead of heart attacks? Well, the AHA must know something about kids, because the Robert Wood Johnson has dropped $9.8 million in their lap to combat childhood obesity. 

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