New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids (NJPHK) is a statewide program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) whose primary goal 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 Trenton, Camden, Newark, New Brunswick, and Vineland are leading these efforts.
One in three children in New Jersey are considered overweight or obese, and the state ranks 27th in the overall prevalence of childhood obesity. Also, nationally, the cost of childhood obesity health care is a staggering $14 billion per year.
Marisa Barcia, Program Director at the Garfield YMCA, has a free ride to the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids (NJPHK) Annual Building a Culture of Health in NJ Conference on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.
The Trenton community learned the importance of staying hydrated during the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market Water Fest Event on July 25th. As part of the special event, many families took home free cases of canned water thanks to a generous donation from CannedWater4Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing clean drinking water to children internationally.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 71 percent of bicyclist fatalities occur in urban areas. Camden is taking action to make biking safer for its residents. The city is becoming a part of The Circuit Trails – a growing network of over 750 planned miles of interconnected community trails, branching from the greater Philadelphia area.