New Jersey is committed to reducing obesity and making our communities healthier. Obesity is a serious public health problem both nationally and in New Jersey that puts our citizens at greater risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and some cancers.
In the past, obesity prevention efforts have focused on individuals - cooking and healthy eating classes, exercise classes, etc. It is not enough, however, to simply encourage physical activity and healthful eating. People need access to healthy foods and places for safe play and recreation where they live, work and learn. Research suggests that the following six behaviors help to prevent obesity.
- Being physically active
- Eating fruits and vegetables
- Avoiding or limiting sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda and juice
- Avoiding or limiting high-calorie, low-nutrient foods such as chips and candy
- Limiting television viewing
The NJ Office of Nutrition and Fitness (ONF) addresses obesity and these behaviors with several programs:
- The NJ Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
- Fruit and Vegetable Program
- Health Corps