New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids
Communities Making a Difference to Prevent Childhood Obesity 
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November 2013

Issue 7     







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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.  

Have You Registered for the December 4th "Building Healthy Communities" Conference?
Join us for 2013 Building Healthy Communities Conference on December 4th, Pines Manor, Edison, NJ. Click Here for More Detail 
Allison Gertel-Rosenberg - A Woman on a Mission 

As a child, New Jersey native Allison Gertel-Rosenberg, M.S., was empowered by her parents to "chase her dreams."  Allison ran with that and has been on a mission to not only chase her dreams, but to make an impact and leave things better than they were before. Read more  

NJPHK-Vineland Video Showcases First Bike Lanes
News Flash-Trenton Receives Complete Streets Champion Award 

NJPHK-Trenton and the Trenton Green team recently received the Complete Streets Champion Award. The award recognized the leadership and support of designing a Complete Streets policy that makes it easier and safer to move around the city-whether residents are walking, driving, bicycling, riding a bus, shopping, or sightseeing. Read More  

Trenton Healthy Food Network Launches with Four Stores
The goal of the Trenton Healthy Food Network is to increase the availability and sales of healthy, affordable food in local stores and bodegas. "More than half of Trenton children are overweight or obese" said Marissa Davis, project manager of NJPHK-Trenton. "Our goal is to make it easy for Trenton families to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and other healthy foods." Read more

Facts About Childhood Obesity

Children and adolescents with a BMI greater than 28 are four to five times more likely to suffer from sleep-disordered breathing than their peers with a lower BMI.
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