Ranked Nonprofits: National Childhood Nutrition/Health 2010

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1 out of 5 children between the ages of 6-11 years are obese -Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 2008
1 out of 5 children between the ages of 6-11 years are obese -Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 2008

The Cause: Over the last few years, high obesity rates have been making news headlines. And then this year, First Lady, Michelle Obama announced her Let's Move childhood obesity initiative. The goal of this campaign is to reverse the trend of childhood obesity in one generation so kids today can grown up healthy and well. In addition, the Childhood Nutrition Act (a federal program that that addresses the food served in schools) is up for reauthorization this year, so childhood nutrition/health is a timely and important topic in the US.

The Scope: National childhood nutrition/health experts were asked to recommend nonprofits focused on access to healthy foods and drinks in schools, nutrition education, physical activity programs and policies in or out of schools, access to safe play spaces for kids in their communities, access to healthy and fresh foods for kids in their neighborhoods, media campaigns to promote health and nutrition for kids, and more. These nonprofits are primarily focused on impacting the lives of children. And these nonprofits might focus on different kinds of activities: policy, research, advocacy, direct services, education, etc. The primary focus of this research was not on food deserts, public transit, or helping local farmers or other for-profit organizations. Read more about the scope of the research here: http://www.myphilanthropedia.org/blog/2010/06/08/national-childhood-nutritionhealth/


103 National Childhood Nutrition/Health experts recommended the following 14 outstanding nonprofits.
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Top Nonprofit Mission
1 Medal-small-2010 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The mission of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is to improve the health and health care of all Americans. Our goal is clear: To help Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need.
2 Medal-small-2010 Center for Science in the Public Interest
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a consumer advocacy organization whose twin missions are to conduct innovative research and advocacy programs in health and nutrition, and to provide consumers with current, useful information about their health and well-being.
3 Medal-small-2010 W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.
4 Medal-small-2010 Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)
To achieve its goals of ending hunger and expanding access to the federal nutrition programs, FRAC pursues a comprehensive national, state and local strategy.
5 Medal-small-2010 The Food Trust
Ensuring that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food.
6 Medal-small-2010 The Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity
The Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity is a non-profit research and public policy organization devoted to improving the world’s diet, preventing obesity, and reducing weight stigma.
7 Medal-small-2010 Prevention Institute
Prevention Institute was founded in 1997 to serve as a focal point for primary prevention practice—promoting policies, organizational practices, and collaborative efforts that improve health and quality of life. As a national non-profit organization, the Institute is committed to preventing illness and injury, to fostering health and social equity, and to building momentum for community prevention as an integral component of a quality health system.
8 Medal-small-2010 National Farm to School Network
The National Farm to School Network increases access to local food and nutrition education to improve children's health, strengthen family farms, and cultivate vibrant communities.
9 Medal-small-2010 American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
10 Medal-small-2010 Alliance for a Healthier Generation
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works to address one of the nation’s leading public health threats—childhood obesity. The goal of the Alliance is to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015, and to empower kids nationwide to make healthy lifestyle choices.
11 Medal-small-2010 Action for Healthy Kids
To engage diverse organizations, leaders and volunteers in actions that foster sound nutrition and good physical activity in children, youth and schools.
12 Medal-small-2010 School Food FOCUS
FOCUS is a national initiative that helps large school districts (those with 40,000 or more students) procure more healthful, more sustainably produced and regionally sourced food, so that children may perform better in school and be healthier in life.
13 Medal-small-2010 Community Food Security Coalition
The Community Food Security Coalition catalyzes food systems that are healthy, sustainable, just, and democratic by building community voice and capacity for change.
14 Medal-small-2010 Share Our Strength (SOS)
Share our Strength is a national organization that works hard to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry.


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