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





Rutgers University & Raritan Valley YMCA Join Forces for Healthy Families


400 Volunteer for Trenton Playground Build




Trenton Kids Learning Healthy Habits 


Volunteers help build Trenton elementary school playground


Vineland YMCA fights childhood obesity with the NJ Partnership Healthy Kids program 




September 28-30

30th Annual Black Issues Leadership Conference


October 5

New Jersey Farm to School Network School Food Service Director's Workshop 


October 25

Communities and Schools in Motion: Working Together for Healthy, Active Kids 


November 8

Save the Date:

NJPHK Learning Event


December 11

The State of Obesity: Next Steps 





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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.  


September is Childhood Obesity Month


More than 23 million children and teenagers (31.8 percent) ages two to 19 are obese or overweight. "National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids (NJPHK) recognize the serious threat obesity poses to the health of America's children and the importance of decreasing its prevalence not only in the state of New Jersey, but across the entire United States," stated Darrin Anderson, Deputy Director, NJPHK.  Read More


Spotlight on Fatimah Williams Castro, Project Manager, NJPHK-New Brunswick
As NJPHK-New Brunswick's Partnership Coordinator, Dr. Fatimah Williams Castro believes that creating healthy communities is the key to reversing the obesity epidemic.

"Children need safe places to walk, bike and play and families need access to fresh foods at affordable prices," Dr. Williams Castro explains.  Read more

Faith-Based Conference Brings Healthy Living to NJ

Darrin Anderson, NJPHK's Deputy Director, spoke on community engagement and advocacy at the first ShapingNJ faith-based conference, "Healthy Living for All: Bringing Healthy Eating and Active Living to Your Faith-Based Community."  Read more

Obesity Prevention in New Jersey: Conference Registration Open

Utilizing a "systems perspective" speakers will provide direction on what recommendations, strategies, and actions should be implemented in the short term to accelerate progress in obesity prevention over the next 10 years.  Register now

Facts About Childhood Obesity 

Children who weigh more are at increased risk for health problems, such as type 2 diabetes.  Until recently, type 2 diabetes was considered an adult illness, but that description is no longer accurate.

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