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National Obesity Rates Remain High: New Report

September 29th, 2014

Just in time for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently released their eleventh annual report, The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2014 (formerly known as the F as in Fat report). The 2014 report was also supported by a […]

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Physically Fit Students Do Better on Academic Test Scores, Says Study Funded by a Kansas Foundation

February 6th, 2014

On January 30, two Kansas state agencies released study results indicating that “on average, students who are physically fit score above standard on Kansas state assessments in reading and math,” according to a press release. And there’s more good news from the study: physically active kids in the Sunflower State also miss fewer days of […]

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New Surgeon General Report on Smoking and Health Released: Progress Made; Battle Not Won

January 28th, 2014

In 1962, my dad, newspaper reporter L. Edgar Prina (who passed away in 2013), asked President John F. Kennedy an important question: What was the president going to do about smoking in the United States? Some people now view this question as among the catalysts of the antismoking movement in this country. The Department of […]

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Fighting the Obesity Epidemic City by City

July 18th, 2013

Michael Nutter is mayor of Philadelphia and the immediate past president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. David Kirchhoff is CEO of Weight Watchers International, Inc. This post follows up on a GrantWatch Blog post authored by Kirchhoff, which we published in February. When the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Weight Watchers International launched the […]

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Weight Watchers, Mayors Support Healthy Lifestyles in Low-Income Communities

February 19th, 2013

The author, the CEO of Weight Watchers International, describes a new initiative that the company launched with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Cities can apply now (please see below). Cities today face huge health challenges. For residents, cities are the guardians of public health. For municipal employees, cities serve as health care providers. In both cases, mayors […]

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Verizon Foundation Launches Programs to Help Reduce Health Care Disparities

December 10th, 2012

On December 4, this funder, based in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, announced its intent to invest nearly $13 million in health care funding to four national nonprofits and more than a dozen other locally and regionally focused organizations. Support will include not only cash grants but donations of health information technology. The Verizon Foundation aims to reduce […]

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Private Industry and Public Health: How Foundations Can Collaborate with Corporations

March 14th, 2012

Derek Yach, senior vice president for global health and agriculture policy at PepsiCo, was one of the plenary speakers at the recent Grantmakers In Health (GIH) Annual Meeting, held in Baltimore. A strategist, Yach previously has held positions at the Rockefeller Foundation, Yale University, and the World Health Organization (WHO). His remarks provided “food for […]

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Can Funders Quell a ‘Perfect Storm of Overutilization’?

August 25th, 2010

This month I received a letter from a physician who was dismayed to learn that a colleague was leaving medical practice. He wrote in his letter, “One of my dear friends was nudged into retirement because he didn’t order enough tests on the equipment which his practice had purchased…. His loss [to the field] is […]

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Three Most-Read GrantWatch Blog Posts during July 2010

August 9th, 2010

Below, we have tabulated for you a list of which three GrantWatch Blog posts were most read in July 2010. GrantWatch Blog, a fairly recent product of Health Affairs, launched in March 2010.  At the top of the list was a “roundup” post on foundation-funded efforts in two areas: cardiovascular health and Medicaid. The work of the AstraZeneca Health Care […]

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Roundup: Foundation-Funded Efforts in Cardiovascular Health, Medicaid

June 30th, 2010

Today I am focusing on what foundations are funding in the areas of cardiovascular health and Medicaid. Some of the funders mentioned in this selective sample of foundation efforts may be new to you. Medicaid is back in the news. According to the media and the National Conference of State Legislatures, it is not at […]

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