The Obesity Challenge
What’s the Story?
There has been a dramatic increase in adults, teens and children who are either overweight or obese in New Jersey. People who are physically active and eat nutritious foods are at a decreased risk of being overweight and obese.
By the Numbers
New Jersey's adult obesity rates increased from 19.6% to 24.6% between 2001 and 2012.
The DOH Office of Nutrition and Fitness (ONF) coordinates and supports ShapingNJ which is aimed at improving policy and environmental strategies related to healthy eating and active living. To date, 28 communities in primarily low-income areas and at high risk of obesity participated.
The Partnering for a Healthy New Jersey promotes implementation of evidence-based prevention and wellness programs and environmental strategies that include:
- Improving environmental health
- Promoting self-management
- Increasing early detection
- Improving access to quality health care
- Eliminating tobacco use
- Improving nutrition
Did you know?
Walking just 30 minutes per day can reduce your risk of obesity-related heart disease by over 23%.
According to the 2013 "F as in Fat," study released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the percentage of obese, low income children ages 2-4 in New Jersey is 16.6%.
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* Rate per 100,000 population
† Only one year of data currently available