First of four town halls to be taped in New Jersey this year;

The State of NJ’s Health: Growing Healthy Kids hosted by NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider;

Expert panelists share insight with live audience at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

UPDATED March 10, 2014 – NEWARK, NJ – 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 Kidspanelists 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 Dwayne Proctor, Team Director and Senior Program Officer, Childhood Obesity.  Viewers also gain a child’s perspective from Jalen Washington, 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.


About NJTV

NJTV brings quality public television programs and resources to communities throughout New Jersey and its tri-state neighbors, including acclaimed national PBS series like American MastersNatureCharlie Rose, and BBC World News America and state-focused news, arts and public affairs shows, including Reporters Roundtable with Michael AronOne-on-One with Steve Adubato, Tales of the Jersey ShoreDue Process and State of the Arts. The station’s week-nightly news broadcast, NJTV News with Mike Schneider, features stories from across the Garden State. NJTV complements its growing news staff by partnering with state-wide media and higher education institutions. The network’s website, https://www.njtvonline.org posts the latest local news, information and program schedules, and its education section offers local educators free, classroom-ready, digital resources through VITAL NJ.

NJTV is comprised of WNJN, WNJS, WNJB, and WNJT, which collectively broadcast throughout NJ. Formerly New Jersey Network (NJN), NJTV is operated under an agreement with the state of New Jersey by Public Media NJ, Inc. (PMNJ), a non-profit affiliate of WNET, parent company of award-winning New York public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21. Network sponsorships and partnerships are available.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the largest private foundation in New Jersey and the nation’s largest philanthropy working to improve the health and health care of all Americans. We are striving to build a national culture of health that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. The Foundation has invested more than $1.5 billion in New Jersey since 1972. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org/nj. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

About The Healthcare Foundation of NJ (HFNJ)

Established in 1996 with the proceeds of the sale of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center to the Saint Barnabas Healthcare System, The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey is dedicated to reducing disparities in the provision of healthcare and serving the healthcare needs of the most vulnerable and underserved populations in greater Newark and in the Jewish community of MetroWest NJ. To this end, over $108 million in grants have been awarded by the Foundation in its 17-year history.

About Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital with more than 800 physicians, 3,000 employees and 100 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually.  NBIMC is in the top three hospitals in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Barnabas Health affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume.

About Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, is the state’s premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. To learn more, visit us on line at www.newarkbeth.com

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