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

January 2014

Issue 8 






Improving Community Health Through Wellness and Nutrition 

March 21, 2014
(9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Conference and Event Center at NJHA

760 Alexander Road
Princeton, NJ




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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.  

Building Healthy Communities Together

Anderson Kicks off December 4 Conference


Over 320 teachers, health professionals, social service leaders and other healthy community advocates attended the Building Healthy Communities Conference held at Pines Manor in Edison, NJ on December 4th. Read more  

Dr. Brito Welcomes Attendees

During his welcoming remarks, Arturo Brito, MD, MPH, deputy commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health's Office of Public Health Services stressed the importance of prevention in the fight to prevent obesity.
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Dr. Marks Provides a National Perspective


Citing findings from the report "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013," James Marks, MD, MPH, senior vice president and director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health Group, stated that the average adult today weighs 24 pounds more than in the 1960s. Read More 

Mayor Curtatone - Shaping Up Somerville, MA

When it comes to creating a healthier city, it's all about getting the city's children eating smarter and moving more, according to Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone of Somerville, Massachusetts' who served as the keynote speaker for the Building Healthy Communities conference. Read more
New Jersey Mayors Highlight Community Efforts
A town hall featuring New Jersey Mayors Ruben Bermudez (Vineland), James Cahill (New Brunswick), Joseph Delaney (Garfield), and Wayne Smith (Irvington) and moderated by
News12 morning anchor Carissa Lawson was a popular session. Read more
First Healthy Kids Champions Honored
NJPHK's Building Healthy Communities Conference offered nourishment for the mind and spirit; it also had a great deal of heart, exemplified by NJPHK's Healthy Kids Champions. Read more
Breakouts Highlight Best Practices

During the conference, six interactive workshops presented current thinking on policy and environmental change strategies that can increase opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.
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See You Next Year! 
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 3 for next year's conference. The conference will be held at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ.
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