As the smallest state in the U.S., Rhode Island is also the second most densely populated thanks to its bustling major cities: Newport and Providence. Nicknamed “The Ocean State”, Rhode Island’s bays and inlets cover 14 percent of the state’s total area, making much of its eastern border waterfront.
Aside from Rhode Island’s New England charm, the state bears a troubling statistic: More than 28 percent of its youth are overweight or obese, putting them at risk for serious health problems.
Thanks to support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation is working with communities throughout the state to make it easier for kids to lead healthier lives.
Our Work in Rhode Island
In Rhode Island, we’re making it easier for kids to develop healthy habits.
One hundred and fifteen schools serving more than 56,000 students across the state have joined Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program, creating healthier school environments for children to thrive.
We’ve also made it easier for nearly 3,200 youth in 14 out-of-school time programs to eat right and move more through our Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative.