Student Well-Being

Foundation Commits $500 Million to Childhood-Obesity Prevention

By Bryan Toporek — February 06, 2015 1 min read

Childhood-obesity-prevention efforts received a major breath of life on Thursday, as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced a $500 million commitment over the next decade toward ensuring all children can grow up at a healthy weight.

The foundation, which made a similar $500 million commitment in 2007, plans on paying specific attention to underserved, higher-risk populations, along with a focus on early-childhood prevention strategies. Based on past research, it highlighted five specific priorities over the next decade:


  • Ensuring all children enter kindergarten at a healthy weight.
  • Eliminating sugar-sweetened-beverage consumption among children between the ages of 0 and 5.
  • Making a healthy school environment “the norm and not the exception” across the nation.
  • Infusing physical activity into the daily routines of children.
  • Making healthy foods and beverages “the affordable, available, and desired choice in all neighborhoods and communities.”

In terms of sugar-sweetened beverages, a 2011 study in the

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.