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

September 2014

Issue 11







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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.  

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Nearly 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.  Read More  
Diane Sawyer Receives Produce from Camden's Urban Promise Garden
Thanks to a Department of Health mini grant to NJPHK-Camden, Urban Promise students built a community garden, piloted a Farm-to-School program and recently shared their harvest with their good friend and supporter, Diane Sawyer, former anchor of ABC World News. 
Building Healthy-Equitable Communities Conference-December 3rd 
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 3rd for the "Building Healthy-Equitable Communities" Conference at the Pine Manor in Edison New Jersey.

More than 300 people from across New Jersey, including:  educators, health professionals, community leaders and parents are expected to attend the conference.


As part of the event, a Community Equities town hall will be moderated by Mike Schneider, anchor and managing editor of New Jersey public television's NJTV News program. This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. William H. Dietz, Director of the Sumner Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, George Washington University who will discuss the Myths and Misconceptions of Obesity. Also, individuals from various communities will be honored as "Healthy Kids Champions." Afternoon workshops will include the following topics: Advocacy, Community-based Strategies, Prevention and Community Engagement, Equity in Health, Healthcare and Community Prevention and Obesity Prevention. Registration opens in early October.

Facts about Childhood Obesity
Kids 'n Fiber
Getting kids to eat the fiber they need can be a challenge. FDA dietitian, nutritionist, and mom Shirley Blakely-and a group of hungry kids provide tips on good-tasting high fiber foods. View video here 
Tell us About It!
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