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New Jersey Creates Office of Nutrition and Fitness

Say what you will about New Jersey, but it is the first of the 50 states to create an Office of Nutrition and Fitness. The goal of the agency is to better coordinate programs to prevent obesity, most of which will be aimed at children since the Garden State has the highest percentage of overweight and obese children under age 5 - 17.7 %.

The programs will tackle the obesity problem through education, support groups and encouraging physical activity, rather than by banning particular foods. Good to know that the state of New Jersey doesn't believe in going carb free either. Another important goal of the Office of Fitness and Nutrition is to “de-normalize” the massive portions served in restaurants. Other items on the agency's agenda are: nutrition and fitness programs, including promoting physical activity at all ages, providing fresh fruit and vegetables to eligible women, children and senior citizens, and encouraging breast-feeding, which can reduce the baby’s chances of a weight problem later.

All I can say is "Right On" New Jersey - looks like the Garden State is growing some healthy policy. It will be interesting to see what kind of impact the Office of Fitness and Nutrition has on the health of all those folks from Jersey.

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