Food & Fitness: Lessons Learned for Funders

Kathleen A Zurcher, Linda Jo Doctor, Gail L Imig
Health Promotion Practice 2018, 19 (1_suppl): 9S-14S
Communities face issues that are complex, affect diverse stakeholders who hold conflicting perspectives, involve historical systems, and have long delays between the time action is taken and results of the actions become obvious. In order to improve outcomes some funders have begun to shift their priorities to support systems change, rather than activities or programs that address discrete short-term needs and problems. In 2007, W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded Food & Fitness, a 9-year initiative designed to address the then-emerging concerns about childhood obesity and health inequities from a system perspective. Funded partnerships in communities with inequities across the United States created community-based approaches to increase access to locally grown food and healthy places for physical activity. This 9-year systems change initiative provided a unique opportunity to document lessons that can inform funders and communities seeking to create places that will support the health of children and families, as well as those leading other systems change initiatives.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"