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Percent of children in New Jersey are considered overweight or obese


New Jersey ranks in overall prevalence of childhood obesity


Billion: The cost of childhood obesity health care per year nationally

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New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids Launches New Logo and Website

November 2, 2016

The New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids (NJPHK) recently launched its new logo and redesigned the website. The new logo is meant to illustrate our vision of collectively supporting the health and wellness of our children and families. “It’s all about implementing environmental and policy changes that build a Culture of Health in New Jersey,” said NJPHK’s Deputy Director Darrin Anderson. The new website can be viewed at and features a fresh, streamlined design for improved functionality. The revamped layout highlights both Facebook and Twitter feeds, a prominent email sign up feature, and an easy-to-navigate media kit for the press. “With this new site design, we hope to provide a clean and modern layout that matches the high quality, fresh content, as well as “how to” articles we provide to our constituents,” said Anderson. Visitors will be able to access past newsletters, articles and blog posts in the updated archive. […]


Let’s Move! Moves Outside in Newark

November 2, 2016

First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! to target childhood obesity. Now the movement is championing health through outdoor family activities and advocating greater involvement in our nation’s parks and other outdoor spaces. Newark is one of the 50 cities that received funding for an AmeriCorps member who is charged with building partnerships with community organizations and state and federal public lands in the area to get more youth outside. Kiana Thornton is the AmeriCorps member coordinating the two-year, Let’s Move! Outside initiative awarded to the YMCA of Newark and Vicinity and the City of Newark from the Department of Interior with support from American Express. Thornton is a recent graduate of Jersey City University where she majored in Psychology. She has long had an interest in working with community-based organizations and has jumped into her new role with great enthusiasm and determination. “Many organizations in Newark are already doing […]


At Lunchtime, It’s all About Balance

November 2, 2016

Eating a healthy lunch gives students the mental energy to focus on schoolwork in the afternoon. Whether children “brown bag” their lunch or select it from the school cafeteria, it’s important to include all the food groups to ensure a nutritious meal. “A school’s food service team must follow state requirements to provide a balanced meal,” explained Victoria Stewart, Newark Public Schools Health Coordinator and a registered dietician. “Children are offered a hot or cold lunch, each comprising carbohydrates, protein, vegetable, fruit, and milk. The key is encouraging children to eat it.” The same components should find their way into a lunch a child brings from home. Stewart advises making the nutritious choice — whole wheat or multi-grain in place of white bread — and packing sandwiches with lean meats like turkey or chicken, instead of bologna. Substituting string cheese or peanut butter for meat is also a wise alternative. […]


Q&A: NJPHK’s Deputy Director Darrin Anderson Shares Highlights from the 2016 NJPCA Conference

November 2, 2016

Dr. Darrin Anderson, was a speaker at the New Jersey Primary Care Association’s (NJPCA) annual conference on September 28 – 29, 2016 in Atlantic City, NJ. The conference theme was “Boardwalk to Better Health” and showcased the various components of healthcare that make up the high quality, affordable and integrated array of services that New Jersey’s 130 healthcare delivery sites provide through the state. Dr. Anderson’s topic was “The Story Behind Community Health Centers.”  Below is a Q&A regarding his presentation: How many community health centers are located in NJ? There are currently 23 community health centers in the state of New Jersey. Why was it important to talk about community health centers? There a two great reasons. First, community health centers are at the center of individual, public, and population health. Second, they have a federal charge to provide care to all – those who have no insurance, those […]


Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market’s Bike Fest Promotes Bike Safety

November 2, 2016

The Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market hosted a Bike Fest on Monday, September 26 to spread road and bike safety knowledge to its residents. Free helmet fittings, bike inspections, and bike safety education with a safety quiz wheel game were among the event’s activities. From 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM, kids learned, practiced, and demonstrated their bicycle handling skills during a slow-race bike rodeo. “Riding bikes is a great family activity, and we want to make sure that everyone is riding safely while having fun,” said Lori Johansson, market manager at the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market. Around 110 free safety helmets were provided to children and adults. Also, bikes were available to borrow for the activities at the market and the Boys and Girls Bike Exchange had bikes available for sale at reduced prices. Adults learned road safety rules during a “Be Safe, Be Seen” course, which encouraged the use of […]


Healthy Worksites in Vineland: 21 and Counting

October 31, 2016

Twenty-one Vineland-area employers understand the value of improving, supporting and maintaining healthy behaviors in the workplace. Since 2015, Live Healthy Vineland (LHV) has worked with local businesses and organizations to design and implement interventions that positively impact employee health. On September 22, the City of Vineland, The Safeway Group and Elwyn of New Jersey were recognized for their efforts in fostering a culture of health and wellness at LHV’s inaugural 2016 Healthy Worksite Enrichment and Empowerment Conference. Programs established at Elwyn, The Safeway Group and the City of Vineland—all early adopters of LHV’s Healthy Worksite Program—serve as model participants. Other businesses, such as Progresso, have focused their programs on strategies that address the work environment. “Elwyn, a human services organization, fully understands the importance of engaging their employees in creating a culture of health,” said David Calderetti, Project Director for the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Vineland. Peggy Barker, Pension […]

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3 Insanely Easy Ways to Kick the Soda Habit

Let’s face it – soda is one of the worst beverages anyone can consume! It’s full of empty calories, caffeine, and sugar. Consuming too much sugar over time leads to tooth decay and obesity in both children and adults. According to this study by Lisa Conti for Scientific America, diet soda is just as addictive because the artificial sweeteners (called aspartame) increase cravings for sugar. If you’re still looking for something a little jazzier than plain water, try one of these three few to zero calorie alternatives to help you kick the caffeinated habit: Fruit infused water – No, we don’t mean the bottled flavored water you can find at the store. Chop up some fresh strawberries, blueberries, mint, oranges, or lemons to give your water a refreshing flavor. Green tea – Served hot or cold, green tea is both calorie free and naturally high in antioxidants. If you prefer […]

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