Get-Fit Program in Perth Amboy, N.J., High School Puts Salsa Dancing on After-School Menu

Developing a healthy eating and physical activity program to help overweight Perth Amboy High School students

The non-sectarian Jewish Renaissance Foundation created an after-school program in 2005 for high-school students in Perth Amboy, N.J., to engage them in healthy eating habits and regular physical activity.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) New Jersey Health Initiatives (for more information see Program Results), a statewide grantmaking program created to improve health care for New Jersey residents through innovative, community-based health services.

Key Results:

  • In early 2005, 25 female students participated for eight weeks in the Teen Fit Club at Perth Amboy High School. Activities included salsa dancing, gymnastics and lessons on healthy lifestyles. The club continued to meet throughout the following school year.