RWJF Commits $500 Million to Reverse Childhood Obesity

April 04, 2007

by Jean Saunders, HSC School Wellness Director

Healthy Schools Campaign applauds the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and its president and CEO, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, for taking a very big and bold step today with their commitment of $500 Million to support research and programs to combat obesity.

“It is one of the largest public health initiatives ever tried by a private philanthropy,” reports The New York Times.

RWJF puts it very simply:

Childhood obesity affects all of us — every race and ethnic group, all income levels and every area of the country. It’s going to take all of us — government, schools, food and beverage companies, health care providers, families and other foundations — to turn the tide.

Read an interview with Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey at the RWJF website, in which she explains the thinking behind the Foundation’s five-year, $500-million commitment to reverse this epidemic. She also spoke with NPR’s “Morning Edition” — listen to the interview here.