New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids

New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids (NJPHK) is a statewide program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) with technical assistance and direction provided by the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance.  The goal of the program is to convene, connect and empower community partnerships across the state to implement environment and policy changing strategies that prevent childhood obesity. Community coalitions in Camden, New Brunswick, Newark, Trenton, and Vineland are leading these efforts. 

The work of New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids supports RWJF’s six policy priorities for improving nutrition and increasing opportunities for physical activity both of which are critical to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic:

  1. Ensure that all foods and beverages served and sold in schools meet or exceed the most recent dietary guidelines.
  2. Increase access to high-quality, affordable foods through new or improved grocery stores and healthier corner stores and bodegas.
  3. Increase the time, intensity and duration of physical activity during the school day and out-of school programs.
  4. Increase physical activity by improving the environment in communities.
  5. Use pricing strategies – both incentives and disincentives – to promote the purchase of healthier foods.
  6. Reduce youth exposure to unhealthy food marketing through regulation, policy and effective industry self-regulation.

New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids is the only RWJF state program office for childhood obesity prevention in New Jersey and was funded in 2009 by a four year, $1 million grant.

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For more information, contact:

Darrin Anderson
NJ YMCA Alliance Executive Director