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For Immediate Release
Contact: Danielle De Laurentis
Associate Director, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation
                201.568.5608
eacf@eacf-nj.org
Contact:  Sandra Sgambati
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
                 201.894.3386
Sandra.Sgambati@ehmc.com
                          

“Fit Families” Forum on Childhood Obesity Prevention Aims to Help Increase Awareness and Health in Kids
- Thursday, April 14 at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

Click here for Forum PDF.

ENGLEWOOD, NJ—April 8, 2011 - The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) is hosting the “Fit Families Forum” on child obesity prevention in Bergen County at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center’s Chiang Auditorium on Thursday, April 14, 2011, from 4:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

The event will help to raise awareness of the nation’s child obesity epidemic and the influence sugar-sweetened beverages have on its growth, and to inform the lay public and professionals about local efforts to stem the problem and steps that they can take to control it.

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Meg Fisher, Medical Director of The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center and Professor of Pediatrics, Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Fisher, an engaging advocate, travels internationally to speak on the issue. Newark Mayor, Cory Booker, Vice Chairman of Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign is invited and expected to speak on the national impact of the campaign and how Newark is addressing pediatric obesity. 

The evening will include brief talks by experts working in the field, such as Fran Gallagher, MEd, Executive Director for the American Academy of Pediatrics, NJ Chapter and the Pediatric Council on Research and Education, Peri L. Nearon, MPA, Director, Office of Nutrition & Fitness, Division of Family Health Services, NJ Department of Health & Senior Services, and Dr. Alexander Hyatt, Chief of Pediatrics at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Community leaders from Bergen Family Center, Englewood Health Department, Fairleigh Dickinson University, the New Milford School District, and the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation will discuss the Obesity Prevention Initiative, a proposed community campaign of consistent health messages on nutrition and physical activity, to be communicated through a partnership of Bergen County organizations who work with children at varying levels.

There will also be media presentations and music and dance performances by local youth, directed by bergenPAC. Attendees can visit organization and vendor exhibits that will highlight local work in obesity prevention, and will be given take-home resource packets. Healthy snacks and drinks will be served.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, NJ Chapter, in collaboration with the NNJCF, was awarded a Healthy Active Living Grant from the National American Academy of Pediatrics. The grant, one of only five awarded nationally, is funding “Fit Families for Child Obesity Prevention”, a program that increases awareness and provides education on healthy beverage consumption in Bergen County. The Forum complements a family workshop component currently running at the Bergen Family Center involving children, infant to five, and their parents/caretakers. Families participate in a series of interactive workshops on healthy eating and beverage consumption, meal planning, grocery shopping, and creating a healthy environment for mealtimes.

If you are interested in attending the Forum, please RSVP by April 7, 2011 to eacf@eacf-nj.org or by calling 201-568-5608.

Members of the media can also contact Sandra Sgambati at 201.894.3386.

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is located at 350 Engle Street in Englewood, NJ.

Major partners and contributors to the Fit Families Forum include: The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, American Academy of Pediatrics NJ Chapter, Bergen Family Center, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, NJ State Department of Children and Families, and bergenPAC.

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation is a non-profit organization located in Englewood, NJ. Our mission is to improve life in the communities of Northern New Jersey.  One way we accomplish this is by convening residents, non-profits, and school and local government representatives to discuss concerns and policies in our three areas of interest: public health, education, and community action. Through open dialogue, the Foundation demonstrates that by working together people can help their communities thrive.
To contact the Foundation please call 201-568-5608 or e-mail, eacf@eacf-nj.org.

Northern New Jersey Community Foundation
1 Grand Ave, Ste 3, Englewood, NJ 07631
p: 201-568-5608 / f: 201-568-2628 /e: eacf@eacf-nj.org

CONTACT: Danielle De Laurentis, Associate Director, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation
Ph: (201)568-5608
Fax: (201) 568-2628
Email: eacf@eacf-nj.org

 

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Its Vascular Fellowship Program has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous awards and accreditations from the Joint Commission, J.D. Power and Associates, HealthGrades, and other organizations.  Englewood Hospital is among the six percent of hospitals nationwide honored by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with the prestigious Magnet™ status, the highest recognition for nursing excellence - a distinction earned three consecutive times by our nursing staff.