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





NEW BRUNSWICK Youth Film Project Encourages a Healthier Enivironment 


Born Learning Trail Coming to NEWARK's Nat Turner Park 


TRENTON Students Design Their Future Playground 


VINELAND School Menus Include Jersey Fresh Products 




Fine Print: The New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids 


Cumberland YMCA's healthy- living coordinator has an uphill battle 


Camden moves to fight obesity 





October is National Obesity Month


December 11, 2012

The State of Obesity: Next Steps, East Brunswick 





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Welcome to Community Connection

Welcome to the first New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids (NJPHK) e-newsletter. This e-newsletter is designed to keep you up-to-date on the activities of our communities and partner organizations.  

New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids Website

Take a peek at our re-designed website

It's here! Introducing the new NJPHK website. The NJPHK website will be the "glue" that connects our community partners who are focused on childhood obesity prevention across the state.  Take a peek now... 

Spotlight on Bill Lovett, New State Program Director NJPHK

Bill Lovett has been appointed the New State Program Director of NJPHK. Prior to taking on his new leadership assignment, Lovett served the YMCA for 35 years. (read full article) 

Complete the Streets NJPHK Communities Pass Complete Streets Policy

 Trenton's City Council recently passed one of the most comprehensive Complete Streets policies in the state of New Jersey. 
(read full article)


New Brunswick became the 27th municipality in the state to pass a Complete Streets policy.  (read full article) 

NJPHK and Community Safety

Nearly 50 residents, planners, parks and recreation staff, police officers, safety officers and community advocates from Camden, New Brunswick and Trenton attended a three-day Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design workshop.  (read full article) 

Facts About Childhood Obesity 

Childhood obesity rates have risen dramatically over the past few decades.  The obesity rate for children ages 6 to 11 has more than quadrupled (from 4.2% to 19.6%) during the past four decades.  Obesity rates for other age groups are up dramatically as well.

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