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The two analysts offered expert insights and advice June 21 to a national audience attending an audio conference on “Finding New Funding to Fight Childhood Obesity.”
The analysts say a significant amount of obesity program dollars will come from the federal government this year because it is following the Obama administration’
Outside the Box
Sticking to the theme of the audio conference, Klimko urged listeners to “look to beyond the obvious” in order to find other federal programs capable of addressing childhood obesity, such as those supporting neighborhood walkability (i.e., making communities more pedestrian-friendly)
Sweeney cites HUD’s “Choice Neighborhoods”
Sweeney says community organizations with obesity programs should explore all possible partnership opportunities, including those involving research and demonstration projects. He advises groups seeking funding for childhood obesity programs to reach out to local colleges and universities, and inquire about partnering on USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – a program that funds research and demonstration efforts aimed at reducing obesity.
Klimko notes a number of private funders now have robust obesity prevention efforts underway, including well-known organizations like the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation, as well as lesser-known funders like the Saucony Run for Good Foundation. He says RWJ is now accepting applications for its seventh round of grants in the “Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity” program, with awards reaching $170,000 each. Saucony is providing nonprofits with funding to support youth running and fitness programs.
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