Michelle Obama takes on childhood obesity
The first lady has announced childhood obesity prevention as her top priority issue, and plans a formal rollout of her program next month. Mrs. Obama will look to businesses and nonprofits, community and health centers, educators, religious leaders and government to help her efforts. U.S. Surgeon General stresses the urgency of collective action to combat childhood obesity
Governor Chris Christie nominates Poonam Alaigh, M.D., for Health Commissioner
Poonam Alaigh, 45, of Warren Township, has been selected to lead the state Department of Health and Senior Services. Dr. Alaigh is the executive medical director for Quality and Care Management at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the largest health insurer in the state. She previously served as the medical director for the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline. She is a practicing physician, specializing in vascular diseases.
Douglas H. Fisher to Remain as New Jersey’s Agriculture Chief
One of Secretary Fisher’s priorities is to get more locally grown produce served in New Jersey's schools and restaurants. "People are more and more interested in knowing where their food comes from," said Fisher. "With our farmers right here in New Jersey, we want to help facilitate that in as many different ways that we can."
Governor Christie releases transition team reports
The transition team included 21 subcommittees which compiled 19 reports, each focusing on a different sector of state government. Report contents relevant to obesity are summarized below. For more detailed information please see the Full Reports.
Encouraged by the revenue generated by the Jersey Fresh program the Christie administration is encouraging reinvestment into the Department of Agriculture. One of the policy strategies suggested is to improve access to public nutrition programs especially in urban and more densely populated areas.
School Lunch and Breakfast Programs are being targeted for budget cuts: A state match is required for the School Lunch Program to receive federal funding. There is no match for the School Breakfast program. The Christie administration suggests cutting the match for the School Lunch program since there would be no loss of federal funds.
Menu labeling legislation passes in New Jersey
New legislation requires major restaurant chains in New Jersey to fully disclose calorie information for menu items.