Leadership for Healthy Communities

Leadership for Healthy Communities We support leaders nationwide in their efforts to reduce childhood obesity. Leadership for Healthy Communities is a former national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation designed to support local and state government leaders nationwide in their efforts to reduce childhood obesity through public policies that promote active living, healthy eating and access to healthy foods.

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03/26/2015

The LHC program has officially closed. Thank you for your support. Be on the look out for a few final resources from us, including a retrospective report looking at the past 10 years of healthy eating and active living policies.

To stay up to date on the latest news follow the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Voices for Healthy Kids, PreventObesity.Net, MomsRising.org, Center for Global Policy Solutions.

Our new policy brief examines how sugary drinks are affecting communities of color and provides strategies for reducing ...
03/19/2015
Sugary Drinks in Communities of Color: Recent Research and Policy Options for Reducing Consumption

Our new policy brief examines how sugary drinks are affecting communities of color and provides strategies for reducing consumption.

http://www.leadershipforhealthycommunities.org/resource/sugary-drinks-in-communities-of-color-recent-research-and-policy-options-for-reducing-consumption/

This policy brief investigates sugary drink consumption in communities of color, focusing on the public health impact and marketing of such products, and policy options to facilitate healthy beverage consumption. It also discusses how decision makers can work to prevent childhood obesity and related…

03/04/2015

UPDATE: Due to the winter storm warning, we are postponing tomorrow's #healthequity forum on Capitol Hill.

More information coming soon...

There's still time to RSVP for Thursday's health equity forum on Capitol Hill. Join us from 8:45 - 11:00 a.m. to discuss...
03/02/2015

There's still time to RSVP for Thursday's health equity forum on Capitol Hill. Join us from 8:45 - 11:00 a.m. to discuss strategies for eliminating health disparities & building healthier communities.

Featured speakers include Representative Marcia L. Fudge; Rep. Diane Black; Ginny Ehrlich from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and many more!

RSVP: bit.ly/LHCforum

Join us Thursday, March 5 on Capitol Hill for a policy forum on public and private strategies to address health disparit...
02/25/2015
Building Healthy Communities through Common-Ground Solutions

Join us Thursday, March 5 on Capitol Hill for a policy forum on public and private strategies to address health disparities and prevent childhood obesity.

RSVP: bit.ly/LHCforum

Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, invites you to attend a policy forum on public and private strategies to address health disparities and prevent childhood obesity. Childhood obesity rates are at epidemic proportions, with a disproportionat…

"We know that if you are black, you are 21 percent more likely to die from heart disease than if you are white. If you l...
02/13/2015
A New Approach to Eliminating Health Disparities

"We know that if you are black, you are 21 percent more likely to die from heart disease than if you are white. If you live in the “Deep South,” your life is an average of three years shorter than if you live in other parts of the U.S. And if you live below the poverty line, you are 25 percent more likely than higher-income Americans to develop hypertension."

Health disparities affect the day-to-day experiences of individuals—and they threaten the prosperity and well-being of entire communities. But change is possible. Here’s a five-year plan.

JUST ANNOUNCED: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is committing $500 million over the next 10 years to help all childre...
02/05/2015
Foundation Dedicates $1 Billion To Healthy Weight for All Children

JUST ANNOUNCED: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is committing $500 million over the next 10 years to help all children grow up at a healthy weight, no matter who they are or where they live.

We commend RWJF for dedicating more than $1 billion toward reversing the childhood obesity epidemic.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation dedicates an additional $500 million to helping all children grow up at a healthy weight. Building on an earlier commitment in 2007, RWJF will have dedicated $1 billion to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic.

New LHC brief looks at how policies and programs to help youth be active—particularly through organized recreation and s...
02/03/2015

New LHC brief looks at how policies and programs to help youth be active—particularly through organized recreation and sports—can prevent childhood obesity and contribute to positive youth development.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/lhc_physicalactivity

ICYMI, we hosted a webinar this week on #healthequity. Watch the full webinar or download the presentations on our websi...
01/29/2015
Webinar Presentations: Race and Ethnicity Matter – Understanding Childhood Obesity through the...

ICYMI, we hosted a webinar this week on #healthequity. Watch the full webinar or download the presentations on our website:

Despite signs that the national childhood obesity rate may be leveling off, many of our most vulnerable youth including African-American, Latino, American Indian, Asian & Pacific Islander American, rural, and low-income children and teens remain disproportionally impacted by the epidemic. These…

Join us for an upcoming webinar on January 27 at 3pm ET! Register at bit.ly/LHC_Race_Ethnicity_Matter
01/16/2015

Join us for an upcoming webinar on January 27 at 3pm ET! Register at bit.ly/LHC_Race_Ethnicity_Matter

01/13/2015

Across the nation, policymakers and community leaders are recognizing the role that public policy plays in reversing obesity and they’re taking the initiative. Wise, mindful choices today will have a powerful impact tomorrow.

How will you influence the cause?

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01/08/2015

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01/08/2015

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Schools Need to Prioritize Addressing Obesity in 2015
01/05/2015
Schools Need to Prioritize Addressing Obesity in 2015

Schools Need to Prioritize Addressing Obesity in 2015

By the sheer nature of how much time students spend in school, educators are the main people who can assist parents with that goal. More opportunities to exercise and have a healthy diet at school will be the most effective methods for eliminating ob...

"By having community gardens, parents can instill in their children lessons of responsibility and hard work, and expose ...
12/24/2014
Community gardens in N.J. can grow much more than healthy foods: Opinion

"By having community gardens, parents can instill in their children lessons of responsibility and hard work, and expose them to foods that are healthier, thereby helping their children gain healthier food habits." says N.J. Assemblywoman Annette Quijano

By Annette Quijano While my great-grandparents lived well into their 100s, many children born today may not be as fortunate. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity has more than doubled in children in...

We hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season!
12/23/2014

We hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season!

New poll from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy finds that "four times as many voters favor increasing or maintaining current ...
12/16/2014
TrailBlog : Poll Reveals Broad Support for Federal Investment in Biking and Walking

New poll from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy finds that "four times as many voters favor increasing or maintaining current levels of federal investment in walking and biking paths as decreasing them"

For those of you who have ever worked to get a trail, greenway, bike path or sidewalk built, you know that it is no easy task. But of all the...

"Only win-win strategies will allow us to support the health of our kids and their parents while advancing critical educ...
12/08/2014
Frazier: Food deserts are all over Mississippi

"Only win-win strategies will allow us to support the health of our kids and their parents while advancing critical education, transportation, and economic development needs. But we must act now."

Food deserts and obesity are costly realities that are attacking our kids and our state budget.

"A robust and relevant Culture of Health frame requires an understanding of how differently situated people experience t...
12/01/2014
Lessons from the Arabbers of Baltimore

"A robust and relevant Culture of Health frame requires an understanding of how differently situated people experience the world and how their experiences impact their behaviors."

Maya M. Rockeymoore, director of Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national RWJF program, discusses the importance of uplifting “Opportunity Communities,” place-based strategies that engage and support the resilience of marginalized residents.

What are targeted universalism policies? And how can they be used to address health disparities? Find out during our upc...
11/25/2014

What are targeted universalism policies? And how can they be used to address health disparities? Find out during our upcoming webinar:

Register: bit.ly/LHC_HealthEquity

“The program has one goal and that is to mitigate childhood obesity. It’s a serious issue that is hurting our babies and...
11/12/2014
Healthy Futures program addresses childhood obesity

“The program has one goal and that is to mitigate childhood obesity. It’s a serious issue that is hurting our babies and this is one model that we believe can help”

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is striving to reverse childhood obesity in the Philadelphia region.

Great new resource from ChangeLab Solutions...check it out!
11/04/2014
Congregation to Community | ChangeLab Solutions

Great new resource from ChangeLab Solutions...check it out!

Over the past few decades, faith-based organizations across the country have been placing greater emphasis on health and wellness. This reflects a growing recognition of the links between physical, mental, and spiritual health, as well as the integral role that faith-based institutions play in commu…

“There are many different things to do, and if we all work together, we can inch along,” Cotwright said. “I think we can...
10/27/2014
Georgia making strides to lessen childhood obesity, but more still to do

“There are many different things to do, and if we all work together, we can inch along,” Cotwright said. “I think we can definitely do it. We just have to work together.”

Georgia is making slight progress in the fight against childhood obesity, but is expected make more headway.

Interested in creating a crossing guard program, but worried about potential legal issues? Check out this new release fr...
10/16/2014
Crossing with Confidence | ChangeLab Solutions

Interested in creating a crossing guard program, but worried about potential legal issues? Check out this new release from ChangeLab Solutions

As the Safe Routes to School movement continues to gain momentum across the country, it is clear that in many communities, not all children can easily and safely walk or bicycle to school, especially if their school is located near a busy or dangerous intersection. With proper training and equipment…

We are thrilled to have released our latest policy toolkit today! It’s full of great resources for policymakers and comm...
10/01/2014
Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit

We are thrilled to have released our latest policy toolkit today! It’s full of great resources for policymakers and community leaders seeking to improve health in their rural communities.

Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, developed the Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit to help local and state leaders advance innovative, evidence-informed strategies for improving health in rural towns, counties, tribal lands,…

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