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New Health Town Hall Series Premieres on NJTV Tonight

New Health Town Hall Series Premieres on NJTV Tonight

NJTV, New Jersey's public television network, premieres the first program in a new four-part town hall series, The State of NJ's Health.

The first episode, recorded at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey and entitled The State of NJ's Health: Growing Healthy Kids, premieres tonight, March 12 at 8pm, with encore presentations Friday, March 14 at 2am and Sunday, March 16 at 6pm on NJTV (check local listings).

Hosted by NJTV News managing editor and anchor Mike Schneider, this town hall discussion examines the causes of the current childhood obesity crisis, the many organizations that have mobilized to tackle the problem and the strategies that are turning the tide, providing viewers with ways to make a difference in their own communities. Solutions include building playgrounds and launching farmer's markets to bringing supermarkets to areas once called "food deserts".

Expert panelists engage in dialogue before an audience of key stakeholders, health and healthcare practitioners and the general public at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey, a Barnabas Health facility.

"This is exactly the type of programming public television should be doing," said NJTV General Manager John Servidio. "These town hall discussions localize a national issue, providing beneficial information to help viewers potentially improve their lives and that of their families."

"Preventing childhood obesity is a key step in creating a culture of health, and to do both we need to change the environments and policies where children live, learn, and play," said Marco V. Navarro, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "Our kids need access to healthy foods and safe places to have fun and be physically active. We're excited about the progress we are making in reversing the childhood obesity epidemic, and glad NJTV is getting New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania talking about it."

The State of NJ's Health: Growing Healthy Kids panelists:
Dr. Nwando Anyaoku, Director of General Pediatrics at Children's Hospital/Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Adrian Benepe, Senior Vice President & Director of City Park Development of The Trust for Public Land
Miguel Brito, Head of School and Executive Director of Philip's Academy Charter School in Newark
Dwayne Proctor, Team Director and Senior Program Officer, Childhood Obesity at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Viewers also gain a child's perspective from Jalen Washington, a participant in the KidsFit Newark Program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey.

The State of NJ's Health: Growing Healthy Kids is a production of NJTV and is made possible by major funding by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and additional support from The Healthcare Foundation of NJ.

Subsequent town halls in the series, still to be scheduled, will tackle other health themes including the state of primary care, mental health and more.

Find out more about The State of NJ's Health at njtvonline.org and on Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #NJTVhealth.

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