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Funding Principles

Prevent Childhood Obesity

Funding Principles

How Can Policymakers Finance Reducing Childhood Obesity?

 Maximize Federal Funds

 Partner with Foundations

  •  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds projects to reverse childhood obesity nationwide. The National Council of State Legislatures, partnering with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is providing policy assistance to Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas.
  • The Ruth Mott Foundation provides grants to both create more livable, vibrant communities and to support initiatives to improve children’s health. The Mott Foundation provides several grants to projects in Michigan in order to both increase health and enhance livability in communities. 
  • The W.K. Kellogg Foundation provides grants to ensure that children are healthy and have access to high-quality food, physical activity, interaction with nature and health care.
  • The Aetna Foundation, provides grants to fight obesity in a number of states including: Arizona, Maryland, Texas, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia
  • The Wellmark Foundation, provides funding for programs “grounded in [the] community and [that] build on collaborations to address underserved populations,” specifically focusing on childhood obesity prevention and community wellness in Iowa and South Dakota.


[2] National Complete Streets Coalition (2010).  Implementation.  

[3] Trust for America’s Health (2010). F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future.48.

[4] The Finance Project (2004).  Funding Childhood Obesity Prevention.


Resource . The Finance Project’s report, Financing Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs: Federal Funding Sources and Other Strategies, is a great resource about the funding available to support your state’s efforts to prevent childhood obesity.


The California Endowment is a private, California-wide health foundation focused on expanding access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities and promoting fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. They have several initiatives aimed at reducing childhood obesity in the state.


The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation is committed to making Mississippi a healthier state through the funding of community-based programs.