The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund today announced the launch of an important new initiative that will impact the future health and well-being of children across the country. The McGowan Fund will serve as the inaugural funder of Healthy Way to Grow, a joint program between the American Heart Association and Nemours, a nonprofit children’s health system. Healthy Way to Grow will provide technical assistance and support to childcare centers across the country and is aimed at decreasing obesity among children ages birth to five years old.
Healthy Way to Grow represents the largest award given to healthcare or research in the McGowan Fund’s 20-year history, and the groundbreaking initiative heralds a new direction in large-scale, health-promotion programming for the foundation. “Childhood obesity negatively affects children’s ability to succeed in school, as well as their health down the road,” said Sue Gin-McGowan, president of the McGowan Fund Board of Directors. “Our goal in launching Healthy Way to Grow is to give children the opportunity to live healthier, possibility-filled lives.”