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

Association and Mid Atlantic Dairy Association are strong advocates of obesity prevention as low fat milk and dairy products play an important role in the health of our youth. We work with schools throughout the state to provide nutrition education and encourage physical activity through a broad range of programs ranging from classroom lessons to revamping cafeteria menus. Two years ago, we introduced a 'New Look of School Milk' in New Jersey cafeterias -- a simple change in packaging from cardboard carton to plastic chug -- which resulted in a 18 percent average increase in milk consumption -- and today over 314 schools in NJ have the New Milk."

Robyn D'Oria, Executive Director, Central NJ Maternal & Child Health Consortium, said "The Central New Jersey Maternal and Child Health Consortium, Inc. (CNJMCHC) is a leading private not for profit (501(c) (3) organization serving Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, and Somerset Counties and the Plainfield portion of Union County. A key function of the Central Consortium is to build community partnerships and bring together key stakeholders interested in addressing health issues related to women and children. The Conference will build upon these efforts by demonstrating the value of public-private partnerships in implementing community based obesity prevention programs."

The March 31st conference is designed to be a unique educational symposium to equip those who care for our children with practical "nuts and bolts" applications to prevent childhood obesity, particularly by engaging children and parents early in a child's life. The conference is aimed at school administrators and nurses, physical education teachers, dietitians, physicians, patient safety administrators and others. The conference will review obesity rates among our youngest children in America; examine feeding patterns which have contributed to increased incidence; examine activity levels that promote health; teach partici
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