Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Aetna Foundation Initiative Promotes Healthy Eating in Inner-City Neighborhoods
Recently, Aetna has announced that its Local Roots program will support the creation and expansion of community gardens, urban farms, and farmers’ markets in urban, disadvantaged communities. During the course of 2015, grants of up to $50,000 over two years will be available to help build healthy eating and living infrastructure in inner-city neighborhoods where help is most needed. Programs that provide nutrition education along with fresh veggies are especially appealing to Aetna.
“The Aetna Foundation wants to understand the contributors to obesity, particularly among minority populations, and what supports and sustains better choices that can stave off overeating and reduce inactivity,” according to the website. “Grant-making in this area focuses on initiatives that create a better understanding of the root causes of the obesity epidemic....”