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Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Project Overview

The Healthy Eating Research (HER) program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at highest risk for obesity: Black, Latino, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander children, and children who live in lower-income communities. Findings are expected to advance RWJF's efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic and help all children achieve a healthy weight.

The goals of HER are to:

1. 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;
2. Build a vibrant, multidisciplinary field of research and a diverse network of researchers; and
3. Ensure that findings are communicated effectively to inform policies and guide the development of effective solutions.




  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Project Collaborators

  • University of Minnesota

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