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

December 2014

Issue 13





Click here to join our Mailing List


Sign up  to become a leader 



Follow us on Twitter 



Like us on Facebook  


Watch us on YouTube 





































































RWJF logo 

Everyone at New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids thanks you for your support in 2014, and would like to wish you a healthy and happy New Year!

Conference Photo Gallery
Anderson Opens December 3rd Conference
Deputy Director of NJPHK, Dr. Darrin Anderson, welcomed over 300 teachers, health professionals, social service leaders and other advocates for healthy communities to the Building, Healthy, Equitable Communities Conference held on December 3rd at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ. Read More  
Dr. Brito Deeply Concerned with ACE Statistics
Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) statistics indicate that what happens in childhood leads to medical and social outcomes as an adult. Read More
Proctor Gives Context to Culture of Health 
"We, as a nation, will strive together to build a Culture of Health enabling all in our diverse society to lead healthier lives now and for generations to come," said Dwayne C. Proctor, PhD, MS, director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) Eliminating Health Disparities Portfolio. Read More  
Mike Schneider Moderates Panel on Collaboration 

NJTV News program Anchor and Managing Editor, Mike Schneider moderated a panel of experts that included: Diana MTK Autin, executive co-director, Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN); Robert C. Like, MD, MS, professor and director, Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity, Family Medicine and Community Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Mariam Merced, MA, director, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Community Health Promotion Program; Daniel F. Oscar, president and chief executive office, Center for Supportive Schools; and Laurie Shanderson, PhD, MPA, assistant dean in the School of Health Sciences at the Richard Stockton College. Read More  

Healthy Kids Recognition 

There was much to celebrate and acknowledge at the NJPHK Building Healthy, Equitable Communities Conference with the presentation of Healthy Kids Champion awards to six community leaders for their commitment and contributions in the NJPHK-targeted communities of Camden, New Brunswick, Trenton, Newark and Vineland and in the State Program Office. Read More 

Dr. Dietz Explores Obesity Myths and Misconceptions

 "Obesity is the most stigmatized condition in our society," said Dr. William H. Dietz, director of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at George Washington University.  Read More  

Six Workshops Highlight Strategies, Best Practices and Policies

During the conference, six interactive workshops presented progress on policy and environmental change strategies that can increase opportunities for healthy eating, wellness and physical activity. Each moderated session featured discussion among experts in the field and enabled the audience to interact through questions, feedback and comments. Read More  

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