Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Obesity Deadline: Multiple

Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among lower-income and racial and ethnic populations at highest risk for obesity. Findings are expected to advance RWJF’s efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015. For more information, click here.




ConnectFamilias, Urban Impact Lab, and Miami Children’s Initiative have collaborated to create South Florida’s first family-led #PlayStreets initiative, locally known as #PlayFamilias. The project brings parents and children together, where there are few parks or open spaces, for safe outdoor play. With funding provided by The Children’s Trust Innovation Grant, this program is a safe and fun way to encourage building community, while bringing children and their parents together in active play and healthy behaviors. PlayStreets guides are now available in English and Spanish and can be accessed by visiting News and Updates in the ConnectFamilias website by clicking here.

Free Parenting Groups

Families First offers FREE parenting groups for parents of children ages birth through 6 years. This opportunity, funded by The Children’s Trust, will enable parents and caregivers to learn from University of Miami parenting specialists at NO COSTClick here for more information about locations and times.


CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity: Retail Food Environment Index Maps

Maps of the modified Retail Food Environment Index for 50 states plus Washington D.C. are now posted on the DNPAO webpage at

These maps can be used to help identify census tracts within states or communities that either lack access to healthy food retailers such as supermarkets or contain very high densities of fast food restaurants and convenience stores relative to the number of healthy food retailers. States and communities can also use data from the mRFEI Data Table to create their own maps using GIS software or link the mRFEI data to other census-tract level data they may have available.


Community Commons Beta 2.0

The Community Commons Beta 2.0 is now live!

Go to to experience new interactive elements and features.

If you have registered previously, simply log in as before. If you have not –registration takes only a minute, is free, and gives you access to all the resources.

As promised in October when Beta 1.0 went live — we actively listened to feedback and integrated suggestions for enhanced utilization. With your guidance we have built-out exciting new functionality. Take a look at the improved navigation…

· A more dynamic Map of the Movement –it is easier than ever to find out what local initiatives across the nation are doing to make their communities healthier and more sustainable. You can now add your place-based initiative to the map if you’re not already on there!

· New Starter Maps & tutorials –with a couple of clicks you can create compelling GIS maps—and begin to tell your community’s story in a whole new way (be it neighborhood, county or state). The Commons’ one-of-a kind internet GIS has something for everyone, whether you’re brand new to GIS or an old pro.

· Compelling social networking –you can build your own profile, tag the organizations you’re involved in, connect and search for fellow movement members, share links, documents and pictures. You can also join in issue-based dialogue Groups (we’re starting with a modest number and seek your guidance on how to grow this element)