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

NJPHK and ShapingNJ Celebrate Success in Our Communities
New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kid's (NJPHK) held its third Learning Event last month in an effort to educate families about making healthy choices to prevent diabetes. The community function offered events from live musical entertainment to field trips to NJPHK-New Brunswick partnership sites to demonstrate impact of policy and environmental issues. Read more
NJPHK Featured in PBS Design Healthy Communities in Town Hall
NJPHK Deputy Director Darrin Anderson was one of 15 panelists that participated in a Designing Healthy Communities Town Hall in New York City. The town hall functions as a part of a PBS series that explores issues of community design and health costs based on the prevalence of certain diseases and illnesses.

Camden Explores Opportunities for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

With the aid of neighborhood park assessments, Camden residents make an effort to make the community crime-free.
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Grant Helps NJ Farm to School Project Continue; Vineland Schools Serve as "Tasting"

The New Jersey's Department of Agriculture recently announced its receipt of a $62,713 Agriculture Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program grant. The grant will allow Vineland schools to continue expand the integration of farm fresh foods into meals.
Spotlight on Darrin Anderson, Deputy Director NJPHK
NJPHK's Deputy Director Darrin Anderson offers "an impressive background in non-profit executive leadership, coupled with extensive experience and education in exercise physiology, chronic disease management, and public policy." Read more

Facts About Childhood Obesity

The obesity problem starts at an early age with 21.2 percent of children and adolescents ages 2 to 5 already obese or overweight.

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