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ShapingNJ Announces NEW Partners:

  • Sustainable Jersey
  • New Jersey Head Start Association
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    Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act (FIT Kids Act): A bill to enhance children's health in No Child Left Behind  
    The "Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act" amends the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act to increase children's physical activity throughout the school day and to ensure that they learn how to live healthy lifestyles through exercise and nutrition.

    Citing Obesity in Children - County Bans Fast Food Toys  
    The board of supervisors in Santa Clara County, California, voted Tuesday to ban the promotional toys that often accompany "Happy Meals" if those meals don't meet certain nutritional standards. This law, the first of its kind, will permit restaurants to give away toys as long as the meals meet certain nutrition criteria (calories, sodium, sugar or fat). Ken Yeager, the board president, said the new law would "level the playing field by taking away the incentive to choose fatty, sugary foods over healthier options." He further defended the vote by saying, "what we're trying to do is de-link the connection between unhealthy food and toys."

    Study: One in Two School Kids Fat 
    A pilot health study conducted by the Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning of more than 14,000 Louisiana schoolchildren found that one in two falls in either the obese or overweight category. This study used information collected by school staff about students' body mass index, strength, endurance, flexibility and aerobic capacity.  Of the 14,305 students assessed, 32 percent were classified as obese and 20 percent as overweight.

    FDA Asking for Public Comment on Food Package Labels 
    The FDA is seeking public comment on "ways to enhance the usefulness to consumers of point-of-purchase nutrition information." They are collecting feedback on the information on the front of food packages or information that might be displayed on shelf-tags in grocery stores.  Although much of the data the FDA is looking for will come from academics and the food industry, the agency also wants to hear from consumers.

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    National Physical Education and Sport Week  
    During the week of May 1-7, 2010, National Physical Education and Sport Week, physical education teachers across the country are energizing their school communities (students, administrators, parents and staff) to answer First Lady Michelle Obama's call -- Let's Move. In celebration of the week's theme, Move Every Body, Every Day, Every Way, members of the National Associatifvon for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the NJ Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NJAHPERD) are planning school-wide daily events to educate youth about the benefits of a physically active lifestyle and to ensure that every school provides opportunities for quality physical education and activity. For more information on suggested activities, click here.

    May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
    During National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, the President challenges all American's to make physical activity, fitness, and sports part of their everyday life. This month-long focus originates from the "President's Fitness Test" schools have given for years, and for good reason.  Fit kids do better in school. Click here to sign up for the President's Challenge.

    ShapingNJ Full Partnership Meeting - May 11th - Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness, Mercerville, NJ 
    This meeting is the culmination of nearly a year of hard work, and we will present the selected environmental and policy strategies for inclusion in the obesity prevention state plan, along with first-year strategy action plans. Join us as we move from planning to action, and begin implementing strategies. Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer, Deputy Speaker, 29th District will provide remarks. For more information, call 609-292-2209 or e-mail shapingnj.onf@doh.state.nj.us

    6th Annual Women's Caregiver Retreat - May 13th - Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness, Mercerville, NJ
    Presented by the Office of Nutrition & Fitness, in partnership with the Family Support Center of NJ, The Division of Aging & Community Services and The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, in celebration of National Women's Health Week. Health Department Commissioner Poonam Alaigh, MD, MSHCPM, FACP will provide welcoming remarks. For more information, contact FSCNJ at 732-528-8080 or ONF at 609-292-2209. Click here to register.

    21st Celebration of National Employee Health & Fitness Day  
    According to National Association for Health & Fitness Executive Director Phil Haberstro "National Employee Health & Fitness Day is dedicated to inspiring employers from all sectors (private, public, non-profit) to integrate improving the health of their work force into their organization's culture. The case for investment is compelling: an employee's health is an asset to the employee, to achieving employer goals and America's competitiveness in the challenging global economy."

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