October 2018

Foundation Celebrates Sports Innovations

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently announced the finalists for the 2018 Sports Award, which recognizes organizations, individuals and professional teams that incorporate innovative and collaborative approaches to improve the health of their communities through sport. Some of these efforts include creating more opportunities for kids living in poverty, promoting exercise and healthy eating habits, creating safe play environments, and working to stop abuse, bullying and violence.

Grant Awarded to Chattanooga Nature Play Area

Grant funding in the amount of $150,000 is being awarded to support a local nature-based play area in Chattanooga, Tenn. The money is being granted by the American Water Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit organization created by American Water, and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

Obesity Continues to Challenge America's Health

The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released their 15th annual “State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America” report, which tracks the latest obesity trends. The report also recommends actions necessary to fight obesity, and highlights programs, policies, strategies and practices aimed at fighting this epidemic.

Grant Program Funds Keep America Beautiful Initiatives

Nonprofit Keep America Beautiful has received an additional $1 million this year from home improvement company Lowe’s, aimed at funding grassroots initiatives dedicated to improving public spaces, as well as the nonprofit’s annual Great American Cleanup.

Nation's Pediatricians Emphasize Power of Play

With schools putting the crunch on recess, gym classes and extra-curricular sports, and with out-of-school time dominated by screens and television, the American Academy of Pediatrics is emphasizing the value of play to help children reduce stress, build relationships and more. A new clinical report, “The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children” includes new information linking play and learning.