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Leading Health Foundations Say Prevention is Vital to Health Systems Reform
Date:8/17/2009

ns, and more nutritional restaurant options. Weight gain among first- through third-graders has already slowed.
  • In Delaware, the statewide Make Delaware's Kids the Healthiest in the Nation campaign ensured that policies and practices in early education focus on healthy eating and physical activity as part of a comprehensive approach to positively impact childhood obesity where children live, learn, and play. For every dollar invested in the initiative, Delaware saw a $4 savings in healthcare costs.
  • "Over time," the foundation leaders wrote, "a focus on community prevention will improve health, save money, reduce demands on our health system and, most important, lead to a nation of healthier people and healthier places to live."

    About The Convergence Partnership

    In 2006, a collaboration of funders came together to create the Healthy Eating Active Living Convergence Partnership, with the shared goal of changing policies and environments to better achieve the vision of healthy people living in healthy places. The steering committee includes representatives from The California Endowment, Kaiser Permanente, Nemours, The Kresge Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention serve as critical technical advisors on the committee. '/>"/>

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