New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids
Communities Making a Difference to Prevent Childhood Obesity 
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December 2012

Issue 3





Newark-Born Learning Trail Installed in Nat Turner Park


Trenton-First Healthy School Inaugurates its Cool Cafe and Playground


Vineland-Lisa Scheetz Blogs about Broccoli




Robert Wood Johnson, American Heart Association Joins Forces to Reverse Childhood Obesity Epidemic


Fresh Grocer Supermarket opens in New Brunswick, addressing "food desert" challenge


Mayor's Wellness Effort Makes Strides


Conquering the Food Desert in Camden


Schools Found Lagging in Breakfast Service


Kids Exercise Trail Opens at Nat Turner Park


Born Learning Trail Opens


Editorial: Making progress on childhood obesity in New Jersey 




December 11, 2012

Obesity Prevention in New Jersey - State of the State: Important Next Steps Register 


January 23, 2013

Forging Fresh Ways to Serve Breakfast at Schools-South Jersey Breakfast Summit 




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This e-newsletter is designed to keep you up-to-date on the activities of our communities and partner organizations.  

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Spotlight on Marissa Davis, Project Manager,



When Marissa Davis drives by the new playground at Trenton's Monument Elementary School she sees the power of community-a community that she has helped bring together as project manager for NJPHK-Trenton.

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December 11 Obesity Prevention Conference 

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NJ Inches Up on School Breakfast; More Work Remains

New Jersey ranks 48th in the nation for its low participation rate in the School Breakfast Program, but thanks to a new program the state saw a 21 percent increase in the number of children from low-income families receiving breakfast at school from October 2010 to March 2012.

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NJPHK Engages Teens at Black Issues Convention

NJPHK representatives engaged about 60 teens from across the state in an energetic break-out discussion about the role they can play to improve the health of their communities as well as their own health, during the 30th Annual New Jersey Black Issues Convention (NJBIC). Read more 

NJ Communities Creating More Opportunities for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

From more farmers markets to healthier snacks and food choices at the local zoo, many New Jersey children and their families can now take advantage of environmental changes that promote healthy eating and physical activities- thanks to funding of several communities from the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids, a statewide program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and ShapingNJ, a state partnership for nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention. 

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Communities and Schools In Motion Conference Energizes Attendees

They came from all across the state of New Jersey and represented a cross section of school wellness team members, school nurses, school boards, faith-based organizations, community organizations, local legislators and policy makers. At more than 200 strong they had a single goal-to help communities and schools implement policies that promote physical activity for kids.

Community Profile: Camden Coming Together to Restore Northgate Park 

Great things are happening at Northgate Park thanks to the leadership of NJPHK-Camden and Cooper's Ferry Partnership, the vision of Friends of Northgate Park, the commitment of the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties and the United Way
of Camden County, and funding provided by Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey. All of these organizations have come together to reclaim and rebuild this valuable community resource in North Camden. Read more  

Facts About Childhood Obesity 

Today's children may be the first generation in American history to live sicker and die younger than their parents' generation.  Experts warn that excess weight could reduce average life expectancy by five years or more over the next few decades.

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