Healthy Eating Research- Special Solicitation On Beverage Consumption In Early Childhood Grant Program

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Next predicted deadline: Nov 11, 2020 12:00pm PST (Full proposal)

Later predicted deadlines: Sep 16, 2021 12:00pm PDT (Pre proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $225,000

Fields of work: Obesity Nutrition & Healthy Eating

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) are a significant contributor to children’s unhealthy diets, containing excess calories and few, if any, nutrients. Overconsumption is associated with excess weight gain and obesity, as well as an overall decrease in dietary quality. Further, despite the many benefits of water, many children in the U.S. do not drink enough. Given the importance of early childhood for developing lifelong healthy dietary behaviors, HER is interested in identifying policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies that have the strongest potential to reduce SSB consumption (especially fruit-flavored drinks) and increase safe drinking water access and intake among low-income and children of color (ages 0 to 5) who are at greatest risk for poor nutrition and obesity.

For this CFP, Healthy Eating Research (HER) is interested in research focused on young children in two main areas:

  • SSB pricing strategies and taxes; and
  • Achieving equity in reducing SSBs and increasing safe water access and intake.

Studies must focus on young children ages 0 to 5 years old in the United States, with high priority on those who are at highest risk for poor nutrition and obesity, specifically lower-income families and racially and ethnically diverse populations (Black, Latinx, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders).

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