New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids
Communities Making a Difference to Prevent Childhood Obesity 
September 2015 
Issue 17

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 National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Read More 
Start the School Year Right with Healthy Packed Lunches
The start of the school year means early mornings, busy schedules and a calendar full of activities and assignments. With so much going on, it is important to ensure that kids have proper nourishment to help keep their minds and bodies focused and energized throughout the year . Read More
The YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties
Made a Big Splash with their Summer Water
Safety Program
This summer kids from Burlington and Camden Counties had the opportunity to cool off, have fun and learn valuable swim skills through the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties' Free Swim Safe water safety program. Read More
Partner Spotlight: Isles    
As part of its mission to revitalize communities, train and educate and promote healthy living, Isles, a community development and environmental organization, has supported community gardens with technical training, seeds and seedlings, tools, and site assessments for more than 33 years.  Read More
General Mills Signs On as a Healthy Worksite     
General Mills is the first corporate employer in Vineland to join the Healthy Worksite Program as part of the   Live Healthy Vineland initiative . Read More
Facts About Childhood Obesity
Schools play a particularly critical role by establishing a safe and supportive environment with policies and practices that support healthy behaviors. Schools also provide opportunities for students to learn about and practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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