NJTV, New Jersey's public television network, announced that health-themed town halls will be taped across the Garden State for a new four-part series entitled, The State of NJ's Health. The first town hall will be recorded next week at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey, resulting in a series episode entitled The State of NJ's Health: Growing Healthy Kids to air Wednesday, March 12 at 8pm, with encore presentations Friday, March 14 at 2am and Sunday, March 16 at 6pm on NJTV (check local listings).
The town hall program, hosted by Mike Schneider, managing editor of NJTV News with Mike Schneider, will examine the causes of the current childhood obesity crisis and the many organizations that have mobilized to tackle the problem. It will focus on the strategies that are turning the tide and provide viewers with ways to make a difference in their own communities. Viewers will learn how neighbors are building playgrounds, launching farmer's markets and even bringing supermarkets to areas once called "food deserts".
Expert panelists will 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.
Members of the public who wish to attend the taping of the program on Tuesday, February 4 may register online at https://state-of-njs-health.eventbrite.com. Seats will be made available only by RSVP and on a first-come, first-served basis.
"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 will include 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; and Yael Lehmann, Executive Director of The Food Trust.
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.