Supporting the local partnership to prevent childhood obesity in the Central Ward of Newark, N.J., 2011-2013

The Foundation's initiative, New Jersey Addresses Childhood Obesity, was designed to support efforts to seed community and state partnerships to prevent childhood obesity in New Jersey.This grant project will implement a strategic plan to change policies and environments to reduce childhood obesity in Newark, New Jersey. The New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Newark has completed a seven-month strategic plan to improve access to healthy foods and physical activity in the Central Ward, a densely populated set of neighborhoods that has 26 schools but limited access to healthy foods and physical activity. Strategies include supporting wellness councils in the schools and ensuring crime-free, accessible recreation areas for children. Implementation activities will include expanding the community's core planning team to include new partners, developing a Safe Routes to School program, and piloting vending machines dispensing healthy items in community organizations. The Newark partnership will not use Robert Wood Johnson Foundation dollars for lobbying.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $300,000.00

Awarded on: 7/13/2011

Time frame: 7/15/2011 - 7/14/2013

Grant Number: 69141


Nwando Anyaoku
Project Director


Michael C. Bright
Project Director