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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 21, 2014 | Community News

178467120Nearly one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids encourages families and communities to make healthy changes together. NJPHK and its partner organizations are focused on reversing the childhood obesity epidemic. We have developed strategies to change public policies and improve local environments to make all communities healthier—especially those in New Jersey that have the highest rates of obesity.

Our priorities include:

  • Making the healthy choice the easy choice
  • Working with policy leaders and community members to enagact changes that create healthier communities
  • Developing a sustainable food and physical activity system that provides local counties, municipalities and communities with healthy, affordable food options and encourages active lifestyles.
  • Partnering across the state to leverage assets, impact and share outcomes to reverse childhood obesity.

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