Lautenberg, Menendez Announce More Than $1 Million To Expand Health Education In New Jersey

Press Release

Award Will Fund 5-Year Program for Middle-School Students On Importance of Healthy Eating and Exercise

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced that Montclair State University received a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund a five-year program to educate middle school students about the importance of healthy eating and exercise.

“By teaching our children to eat right and exercise, we can help them avoid chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease,” Sen. Lautenberg said. “This award will go a long way to protecting future generations by helping them build a healthy future.”

“Educating our children on the importance of healthy eating allows them to live longer, more productive lives and even helps our economy through decreased health care costs,” said Senator Menendez. “The abundance of fast food and junk food options coupled with video games and television that cut into exercise into have exacerbated this issue. This timely funding will help New Jersey students better understand how they can develop into healthy, life changing habits.”

Run at Montclair State University, the project will ensure that students understand the benefits of diet and exercise, and study how healthy eating and physical activity improves students’ abilities in the sciences, and increases their interest in public health and science careers.

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2 responses to “Lautenberg, Menendez Announce More Than $1 Million To Expand Health Education In New Jersey

  1. Uddin Communication

    This is great. I think it is absolutely necessary to educate kids on the issue. The country today is 2/3 overweight or obese, which is a significant factor for diseases like Type II diabetes, heart problems, hypertension, lung problems, cancer and lots of other illnesses. If we can educate kids to eat right, to exercise, and reduce the number of overweight/obese kids, it will result in a healthier, more productive population in New Jersey down the road, but also reduced healthcare costs.

    Of course, parents are still the most important factor in this. They will have to take an active role in kids lives by putting away the Nintendo Wii/PS3/Xbox and encouraging to healthy eating habits and joining school sports and so on. Unfortunately, with the economic crisis going on right now, it will be hard for them to carry out these tasks if they have to work multiple jobs to meet family needs. Truely, a dire situation, but I appreciate our representatives for taking the lead on the issue.

  2. Uddin Communication

    This is great. I think it is absolutely necessary to educate kids on the issue. The country today is 2/3 overweight or obese, which is a significant factor for diseases like Type II diabetes, heart problems, hypertension, lung problems, cancer and lots of other illnesses. If we can educate kids to eat right, to exercise, and reduce the number of overweight/obese kids, it will result in a healthier, more productive population in New Jersey down the road, but also reduced healthcare costs.Of course, parents are still the most important factor in this. They will have to take an active role in kids lives by putting away the Nintendo Wii/PS3/Xbox and encouraging to healthy eating habits and joining school sports and so on. Unfortunately, with the economic crisis going on right now, it will be hard for them to carry out these tasks if they have to work multiple jobs to meet family needs. Truely, a dire situation, but I appreciate our representatives for taking the lead on the issue.

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