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ShapingNJ's Process and Work

Since its inception, the partnership convened workgroup meetings to identify those groups of New Jerseyans most at risk for obesity and related health outcomes, identify strategies that effectively address risk factors associated with obesity and the needs in New Jersey, and conduct community feedback sessions to determine if the strategies were appropriate for the people they would impact. A final list of strategies was prioritized and serves as the basis of the 2010 New Jersey Obesity Prevention Plan, a 10 year vision for reducing and preventing obesity in New Jersey.

Today, ShapingNJ is putting the plan into action and measuring change. ShapingNJ's work is focused in five broad settings that offer opportunities to address obesity prevention: community, school, child care, healthcare, and worksites.

ShapingNJ operates with several core principles: 

  • Share power in communication, decision making and leadership (Community Engagement Framework)
  • Emphasize changing the policies and environments in which we live
  • Focus on reaching those who are most at risk for health disparities and obesity
  • Implement activities and strategies that are shown to work

The partnership consists of a wide range of partner organizations, representing health, transportation, parks and recreation, business, and government sectors. These organizations classify themselves as hospitals, state agencies, universities, non-profits, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, philanthropic organizations, and many others.