New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids
Communities Making a Difference to Prevent Childhood Obesity 
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April 2013

Issue 5



Sharing Responsibility for Our Roads


Forward Momentum for Newark's Let's Move! In the Clinic


Teaching Children Safe Routes to School in Trenton


Healthy Snacks Boosts Tutoring Sessions in Trenton




May 23

NJPHK Learning Event in New Brunswick "Celebrating Success in Our Communities"

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Welcome to Community Connection

This e-newsletter is designed to keep you up-to-date on the activities of our communities and partner organizations.  

Meet Valeria Galarza, Project Manager NJPHK-Camden

When Valeria Galarza learned about the Project Manager position at NJPHK-Camden, she felt it could have been created for her. It was the opportunity she had been hoping for, allowing her to combine her background in community and public health with her interest in public policy and work with the community of her adopted hometown of Camden, where her husband Eddie grew up. Read more

NJPHK-Camden Video

Documents Rebuilding

of Northgate Park

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Partnership for a Healthier America Summit

Headlined by Michelle Obama and Eli Manning, the Partnership for a Healthier America's Building a Healthier Future Summit provided the opportunity to engage with leaders and activists dedicated to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic.  Read more

"Austin the Unstoppable" Musical Comedy Headlines NJPHK Learning Event on May 23rd

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NJPHK Camden and New Brunswick NJPHK Project Managers recognized by Corporate Community
NJPHK Congratulates Dr. Williams-Castro on Johnson & Johnson Community Service Award
Dr. Fatimah Williams Castro received a Johnson & Johnson Community Service Achievement Award during the 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Observance. Read more
Valeria Galarza Receives Healthy Communities Award
Valeria Galarza, NJPHK-Camden project manager, has been recognized by the Campbell Soup Foundation for her leadership in building a healthy community for Camden residents. Read more

Facts About Childhood Obesity

Approximately 6.6 percent of all cases of childhood asthma are attributable to excess weight. More than 100,000 children ages 5 to 14 suffer from asthmas each year because of overweight and obesity.

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would love to hear from you!  Is your organization involved in efforts to increase physical activity or to provide healthy food options for New Jersey children?  Tell us about it by emailing 
New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids is a statewide program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with technical assistance and direction provided by the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance. The primary goal is to convene, connect and empower community partnerships across the state to implement environmental and policy changing strategies that prevent childhood obesity and create healthier communities. To learn more about NJPHK, go to