Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities (HKHC) was a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that helped dozens of communities across the country reshape their environments to support healthy living and prevent childhood obesity. HKHC is no longer an active program and therefore this website will no longer be updated. For program-related questions, please contact us. Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities placed special emphasis on reaching children who are at highest risk for obesity on the basis of race/ethnicity, income and/or geographic location.

Through the program, RWJF catalyzed and supported communities’ efforts to address the root causes of childhood obesity through integrated changes in policies, norms, practices, social supports and the physical environment. Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities:

  1. provided tools and assistance to help funded communities sustain systems, policies and environmental changes that support healthy eating and active living, especially among children who are at highest risk for obesity;
  2. collaborated with other RWJF-funded initiatives to help drive wide-scale change;
  3. supported experienced local leaders who will serve as ambassadors and mentors for communities that are working to prevent childhood obesity;
  4. applied research findings and evaluation results to help communities implement the most effective strategies for increasing physical activity and improving nutrition for kids; and
  5. informed the public and policy debate on childhood obesity by sharing insight about initiatives with the greatest potential for wide-scale change that will help to reverse the epidemic.

The Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities national program office was housed at Active Living By Design in Chapel Hill, NC. Established in 2001 as an RWJF national program, Active Living By Design now serves funders and partnerships across the country that are fostering community‐led change to build a culture of active living and healthy eating.

Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities supported 49 community partnerships across the country. They are listed here