Newark's Move to Raise a Healthier Generation

Let's Move!Newark

Mayor Booker

"A cross-systems approach toward supporting a healthier Newark"

Newark Bears - Opening Day 2011



Sprinting 2 Spring!

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Tiki Barber - Let's Move!Newark

NFL Great Tiki Barber Kicks Off Springting 2 Spring - April 20th - City Hall Rotunda

"Sprinting 2 Spring" provides a comprehensive, professionally designed fitness and nutrition program for Newark residents 18 years of age and over
                This nine week program is offered free of charge at a park near you!

Program starts Monday, April 25th and concludes Friday, June 24th 



Let's Move! Newark Play Nights

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Play Nights will be held April 12th thru May 12th, from 5:30pm-7:30pm at at Newark Public Recreation Centers - Become a Volunteer

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Marching for PALA!

Ann Street School Celebration


Let's Move! Newark partners with


The City EmployeeBeth Challenge Kick Off!

Thursday - February 3, 2011 - City Hall Rotunda- 11:00 AM



Mayor Cory Booker Commits to a Healthier Lifestyle - CNN Interview

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Learn the Facts

"The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake."

The White House- First Lady Michelle Obama at the Let’s Move! launch on February 9, 2010

Obesity by the numbersYes Center.

Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. One third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives; many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma.

First Lady Michelle Obama visits Maple Avenue School, Newark, NJ!

How did we get here?

Thirty years ago, most people led lives that kept them at a pretty healthy weight. Kids walked to and from school every day, ran around at recess, participated in gym class, and played for hours after school before dinner. Meals were home-cooked with reasonable portion sizes and there was always a vegetable on the plate. Eating fast food was rare and snacking between meals was an occasional treat.

Kids today lead a very different kind of life. Walks to and from school have been replaced by car and bus rides. Gym class and school sports have been cut and are often replaced now by afternoons with TV, video games, and the internet. Parents are busier than ever and families eat fewer home-cooked meals. Snacking between meals is the norm, not the exception.

While kids thirty years ago ate just one snack a day, they are now trending toward three–so they’re taking in an additional 200 calories a day just from snacks. And one in five school-age kids has up to six snacks a day.

Portion sizes have also exploded. Food portions are two to five times bigger than they used to be. Beverage portions have grown as well. In the mid-1970s, average sweetened drink portions were 13.6 ounces. Today, kids think nothing of drinking 20 ounces of soda at a time.

In total, we are now eating 31 percent more calories than we were forty years ago–including 56 percent more fats and oils and 14 percent more sugars and sweeteners. The average American now eats fifteen more pounds of sugar a year than in 1970.

And the average American child spends more than 7.5 hours a day watching TV and movies, using cell phones and computers for entertainment, and playing video games, and only a third of high school students get the recommended levels of physical activity.

That’s the bad news. The good news is by making a few simple changes we can help our kids lead healthier lives–and we already have all of the tools we need to do it. We just need the will.

Let's Move! Newark - PSA (1:44)


Let’s Move! Newark

We can solve the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight if we all work together. Through the Let’s Move! campaign—a comprehensive, collaborative, and community-oriented initiative that addresses all of the various factors that lead to childhood obesity—we are engaging every sector of society that impacts the health of children to provide schools, families and communities the simple tools they need to help kids be more active, eat better, and get healthy.

Let's Move! has four components:

  1. Educate and support parents
  2. Provide healthier food in schools
  3. Help children be more active
  4. Ensure that healthy, affordable food is available everywhere in the country

So...... Let's Move! Newark

A Proud Product of the Newark Youth Policy Board:Childhood Obesity/Health Committee

Mayor Booker - Hangin' at the YES Center

Mayor Cory A. Booker

"Movin' at the YES Center"

First Lady & Elmo encourge Healthy Habits

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Additional Resources


Advancing opportunities for the disconnected youth

Mayor Booker responds to facebook question regarding education, mentoring and youth resources in Newark

Including spotlights on Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Newark and the YES Center

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