Grants for Obesity

They say that 30% of the American population is obese. But while this may be hard to take, saying a lot of Americans are obese is actually being polite because the vulgar term is fat. What we should actually hear people saying is, “A lot of Americans are extremely fat.” Obesity is a serious health issue because it endangers one’s health and can result to health problems such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and reduced life expectancy because of such health problems. The government realizes the importance of keeping its citizens healthy and has thus come up with government grants for obesity in the hope of providing incentives for research and development of strategies to fight this problem.

Team Nutrition Training Grants for Healthy School Meals – This grant is administered by the US Department of Agriculture through its Food and Nutrition Service office. It is the primary conduit for the implementation of USDA’s requirements on nutritional content for school meals. Its main objective is the improvement of our children’s eating habits and physical activities. The grant funds are available to state agencies mandated to set up or maintain necessary infrastructure to implement Team Nutrition strategies. The money can be used to train child nutrition specialist, promote nutrition information and education campaign in schools, and bind schools and communities to create school environment that promotes healthy eating habits and active lifestyle. You can obtain more information from the grant’s headquarters here:

Food and Nutrition Service
Financial Management
3101 Park Center Drive
Alexandria, Virginia 22302
Telephone: (703) 305-2848
Fax: (703) 605-0363.
Website: http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/grants.html

Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program – this program is under the US Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service (ERS). It is aimed at the USDA’s nutrition and domestic food assistance programs. One of its primary research areas focuses on the promotion of child nutrition and the prevention of obesity in children. Approximately $1.5 million is expected to be awarded to eligible applicants for cooperative agreements and competitive grants, with each grant ranging from $100,000 to $300,000. You can contact the following for more information:

Chief, Food Assistance Research Branch
Telephone 202-694-5466
Website: http://www.ers.usda.gov/Briefing/FoodNutritionAssistance/

Besides government grants for obesity, you can also try private foundations and organizations as fund sources such as the Alliance for a Healthier Generation: Funding Opportunities, which has a list of other funding sources for schools and community organizations, and Healthy Eating Research which have grants aimed at the promotion of healthy eating habits among children with the specific purpose of preventing obesity.

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