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Healthy Living Grant Program

Supported in part by Purdue Pharma L.P. and Teva Pharmaceuticals

Healthy Living Grant

Elementary school students participate in a prescription drug abuse prevention program funded by an AMA Foundation Healthy Living Grant.

  • In 2015, the AMA Foundation awarded 20 grants to support prescription medication safety projects and cancer prevention awareness projects focused on educating youth.
  • Over $1.3 Million in grants have been awarded to 372 nonprofit health education programs through the AMA Foundation Healthy Living Grant since 2002.
  • Organizations that received grants designed projects to meet the needs of their local communities.

Promoting and establishing healthy behaviors for younger people is more effective, and often easier, than efforts to change unhealthy behaviors already established in adults.

The Healthy Living Grant Program supports health education programs to develop school and community-based solutions to behavioral health challenges.


Dee Loge-Wacker

"Educating young people to lead a healthy lifestyle is very important."
—Dee Loge-Wacker


The Healthy Living Grant application is now available. Applications are due December 16, 2016 at 5PM CT.

Past Grant Recipients

Read about the recipients and their projects:    

2015 Grant Recipients
2014 Grant Recipients
2013 Grant Recipients
2012 Grant Recipients
2011 Grant Recipients
2010 Grant Recipients
2009 Grant recipients
2008 Grant recipients
2007 Grant recipients

Note: Prior to 2010, the Healthy Living Grant program was known as the Fund for Better Health program.

Recipient Quotes and Impact

To date, the AMA Foundation has awarded over Over $1.1 Million in grants have been awarded to 348 nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the health of their communities.

After receiving a grant, many organizations report that they gain added stakeholders, visibility and funding due to the AMA Foundation "stamp of approval" for their project. Healthy Living Grant recipients reported that their public health projects:

  1. Will continue (86%)                   
  2. Aided in collaboration (79%)
  3. Stimulated new funding (55%)    
  4. Increased volunteers (62%)

Example – Grant Project Results:
Example of impact of a grant project:
The Youth Foundation in Colorado used the funds for their Kidstrong program—affecting 500 elementary aged children throughout the school year.  Through pre and post testing, there was an increase in knowledge as well as positive behavior change:

  1. Kids who exercised for a minimum of 20 minutes, 4 times a week increased by 42%
  2. Kids who watched television for 3 hours a day or more decreased by 33%
  3. The number of kids who learned that one should eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables nearly doubled.
  4. They maintained a 90% attendance rate throughout the year. 

Recipients – In their own words

“On behalf of the Girls on the Run program…we would like to thank you for your gift for new curriculum production for the program.  We are proud to bring this important program to the community, but can only do so because of the generosity of people like you…these lessons help to prepare the girls for a successful future based on their ability to achieve the goals that they have set for themselves.”

—Charisse Smith Mitchell, Executive Director, Girls on the Run

“…partners like you are the heart and soul of what makes the Foundation effective.  With your support, we’ll be able to continue to provide training, technical assistance and resource materials to these Physician Champions and their communities to promote healthy lifestyles and reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity.  Words cannot adequately convey how much we appreciate your support that makes our work possible!”

—Carol Lee, Esq., President and CEO, California Medical Association Foundation

“Thank you and the AMA Foundation for the generous grant to People’s Grocery!  Your partnership is a critical force to achieving our shared vision to increase access to healthy food and food justice in the West Oakland community.”

—Brahm Ahmadi, Executive Director, People’s Grocery

“Thank you so much for this generous grant.  The Drug Free School program has had a great impact in an impoverished region of Appalachia where the students are at great risk for substance abuse and an area where there is the greatest increase in deaths from prescription drug abuse. The AMA Foundation grant will allow the VCOM program to reach even more at risk students.”

—Edward via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), Blacksburg, Va.


Dinah Goldenberg

"I donate to the AMA Foundation because of the wide variety of programs they sponsor to improve health care and the state of medicine. Most recently I have donated to the Fund for Better Health because I have seen the direct benefit of the grant funds in my local community."

—Dinah Goldenberg
Past AMA Foundation Board Member
North Dakota Medical Association Alliance
Fund for Better Health/Healthy Living Grant Program donor

Donate now
Donate to the AMA Foundation Healthy Living Grant Program to help organizations across the nation improve the health of their communities.

Related links

American Medical Association
Learn about the AMA's resources that support a physician-patient alliance for a longer, healthier life

AMA Healthy Lifestyles e-Letter
This electronic AMA communication focuses on addressing four key lifestyle behaviors – poor diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use, and excessive or risky use of alcoholand their health consequences. To subscribe to this free monthly e-mail newsletter, e-mail Healthier.LifeSteps@ama-assn.org or call (312) 464-4202

AMA Alliance
The AMA Alliance addresses several critical issues impacting communities, such as violence, tobacco use, healthy lifestyles and assistance to the medically underserved. They provide educational materials, awareness and support.

American Heart Association

American Dietetic Association

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Let's Move
Keep up with the efforts of the White House to improve the nutrition and physical fitness of our nation's children.  You can also explore their Facebook page.

USDA – Food Atlas 
Get an overview of a community's ability to access healthy food.

County Health Rankings
The health of a community depends on many different factors—ranging from individual health behaviors, education and jobs, to quality of health care, to the environment. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is collaborating with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to develop these Rankings for each state's counties.

National Physical Activity Plan 
Learn how organizations are partnering to promote physical activity in the United States with a comprehensive set of policies, programs and initiatives.

The Partnership at Drugfree.org

The National Institute on Drug Abuse

Questions? Contact AMA Foundation, (312) 464-4193.