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The State of NJ’s Health tonight on NJTV

The State of NJ’s Health on NJTV
The State of NJ’s Health on NJTVNJTV

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 Wednesday, March 12 at 8 pm, with encore presentations Friday, March 14 at 2 am and Sunday, March 16 at 6 pm on NJTV (check local listings).

NJTV’s Mike Schneider with Jalen Washington, a participant in the KidsFit Newark Program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey and Pediatric Physician Nwando Anyaoku, MD at the Pediatric Health Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, at the taping of The State of NJ’s Health: Growing Healthy kids. The town hall discussion about childhood obesity was taped at Newark Beth Israel and premieres Wed., 3/12 at 8pm on NJTV.

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.

And on the heels of its television premiere this week, NJTV will host a special social TV platform screening of the town hall online next week, aimed at keeping the dialogue going about childhood obesity.

The OVEE online event on March 17th at 8pm will include a live-chat feed with video all in one screen, so those who log on can watch and interact in real-time with a panelist from the program. The online audience will be able to make comments and ask questions of Dr. Nwando Anyaoku, director of general pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

Those who want to participate can log on here: https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/zveg