Whole Kids Foundation: Increasing Access to Healthy Foods to Improve Kids' Health

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Students from the “Green Team” at West Vernon Elementary, Los Angeles, write notes on a poster at the announcement of the Healthy Kids Innovation Grant program. United Health Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation will provide grants to support innovative projects nationwide that will improve children’s health and nutrition. (Photo: Rachael Thompson)

 

In support of Whole Foods' Whole Kids Foundation, United Health Foundation provided a $500,000 contribution to the Healthy Kids Innovation Grant program, focused on children's health and nutrition projects throughout the country.

The Healthy Kids Innovation Grant program supports the next generation of innovative ideas in children's health and nutrition and engages kids in making good food choices. It brings together multi-sector leaders in food, health, fitness and technology, and is open to educators, individuals and nonprofit organizations seeking to break down barriers to basic, but critical information and resources, such as where food comes from and the importance of eating healthy foods.  

Improving access to healthy foods and nutrition education helps improve the health of children, especially children living in poverty. Nationwide, nearly 20 percent of children live in poverty, and according to America's Health Rankings these children are about three times more likely than other children to have their health needs unmet.

(October 2015)