The Objective

Support changes in policy, systems, and neighborhoods to foster healthy eating and active living for low-income people in Marin.

The Issue

Marin faces several issues in this area. First, low-income residents have very limited access to fresh, affordable and healthy food. Second, these residents also have lower levels of physical activity and less access to green space than middle-to-high-income residents. Inequitable access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunities contributes to disparities in health behaviors and health outcomes.

Our Approach

We can begin to leverage the growing momentum of healthy eating and active living initiatives. In partnership with other funders, we will develop strategies to drive policy and systems change in healthy eating and active living. We will focus on building the capacity of County and community organizations to drive policy and systems change in Marin, as well as building the capacity of resident leaders and advocates to effectively lead healthy eating and active living efforts.  This initiative will focus on improving the nutrition and physical activity environments of child care settings serving children ages 0-3 and settings impacting older adults.


The Healthy Eating & Active Living initiative focused on child care uses an invitation-only application process. 

Funding guidelines for the current application cycle for Healthy Eating & Active Living focused on older adults are available here. Grant proposals due on November 8, 2019 by 2:00 PM. If your organization is new to this initiative or you have questions about eligibility, please schedule a call with Shirin Vakharia before proceeding with completing an application. To schedule a call, contact Anne Atkinson.

Current Grantees - Early Childhood

Current Grantees - Older Adults

Reports & Resources

Early Childhood Reports

Early Care and Education Policies and Programs to Support Healthy Eating and Physical Activity: Best Practices and Changes Over Time

Courtesy of Healthy Eating Research - A National Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - December 2017

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Intervening in Early Childhood to Prevent Obesity

Intervening in Early Childhood to Prevent Obesity: Best Practices for Home and Childcare Settings

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Getting to Equity in Obesity Prevention: A New Framework

Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MS (Social Work), MPH, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University - January 18, 2017

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Older Adults, Healthy Eating Active Living Needs Assessment, March 2016

Courtesy of Marin Community Foundation and Harder + Company Community Research

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For questions regarding this initiative, please contact

Shirin Vakharia

Director for Health & Aging

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