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

Issue 6    








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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 Dr. Nwando Anyaoku
As director of general pediatrics at Children's Hospital of New Jersey and co-director of NJPHK-Newark, Dr. Nwando Anyaoku treats children with a wide range of illnesses and conditions, but her specialty is childhood obesity. Read More
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Camden Celebrates National Childhood Obesity Month 
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. As kids head back to school, this national designation gives prominence and keeps children's health and well-being at the forefront of policy discussions. Read more
First Ciclovia Coming to New Brunswick on October 6th
It's not every day that more than 55,000 New Brunswick residents are encouraged to walk, skate, run, rollerblade or dance in the streets at the same time. Read More 
NJPHK Mini-Grant Creates Mega Impact

Powered by enthusiastic teachers and parents, the leadership of two School Health Councils and an abundance of great ideas, a $7,500 NJPHK mini-grant to the Monmouth County Health Department is propelling wellness in Monmouth's Farmingdale and Belmar elementary schools. Read more  

Facts About Childhood Obesity

New Jersey leads the pack in US childhood obesity decreases.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reported signs of significant progress in reversing the childhood obesity epidemic. Between 2008 and 2011, 18 states showed decreases in obesity rates for low-income preschoolers. Among these states, New Jersey recorded the second largest decrease. Read full report

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