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New Jersey to Launch New Statewide Effort to Promote Childhood Obesity Prevention
Date:3/2/2009

TRENTON, N.J., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A unique coalition of health care providers and other stakeholders announced plans on Monday to convene an important groundbreaking summit on March 31st to provide professionals and other caregivers of children with practical hands-on guidance to help prevent childhood obesity in a child's early years.

The all-day "New Jersey Conference on the Prevention of Childhood Obesity" will be held on March 31, 2009 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Monroe, New Jersey. Sponsoring organizations include the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, the Pediatric Council on Research and Education (PCORE), the New Jersey Council of Children's Hospitals, the Central New Jersey Maternal and Child Health Consortium, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dairy Association & Dairy Council, Inc., the American Heart Association and the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association. Professionals attending the conference will receive continuing education credit.

"Childhood obesity has reached epidemic levels not only in New Jersey but around the country. Experts report that the current generation of children may be the first in our nation's history to live sicker and shorter lives than their parents," said New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard. "We must address childhood obesity aggressively now to stem the growing number of overweight young people and improve quality of life for future generations."

Dr. Richard Goldstein, President & CEO of the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals and a former NJ Commissioner of Health added, "The conference is a critically important first step toward providing those who are in most frequent contact with our children the guidance they need to stem this national epidemic."

"There is no issue facing our state or nation more vital to the overall health and wellbeing of our youngest ci
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