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

August 2014

Issue 10    







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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 Making a Difference
See how NJPHK is making progress toward creating healthier communities in five communities. Watch Video  
NJ Corner Store Initiative begins Statewide WIC Training
The NJ Department of Health (DOH) Chronic Disease unit and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program recently collaborated to increase access to healthier foods in small stores throughout New Jersey.  Read More
Helmets from Heavens   
A medevac helicopter from Cooper University Hospital landing on the Elwyn grounds in Vineland was just one fun aspect of the Safety Awareness Bicycle and Scooter Rodeo held on Founder's Day in Vineland on May 17. Read More 
Health and Wellness Expands to More Camden City Parks  
This summer, children in East Camden will be able to play and engage in structured activities at four Camden parks, thanks to the addition of Stockton Park to the summertime programs run by the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties from June 30 through August 29. Read More  
It Takes all Hands on Deck to Curb Childhood Obesity
The beginnings of what would become an obesity "tsunami" in the U.S. tracks back to 1982 according to Dr. Nwando Anyaoku, MD, FAAP, director of General Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of New Jersey, and co-chair of New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Newark (NJPHK-Newark). Read more
School Wellness a Priority in Vineland Schools
The Vineland Board of Education passed the "new and improved" Vineland School District Wellness Policy on
June 11. Read More 
Facts about Childhood Obesity
The more a child is familiar with logos and other images from fast-food restaurants, sodas and not-so-healthy snack food brands, the more likely the child is to be overweight or obese. A research team that included a Michigan State University professor tested kids on their knowledge of various brands - including their ability to identify items such as golden arches, silly rabbits and a king's crown - and found that those who could identify them the most tended to have higher body mass indexes, or BMIs.
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