Newark Deputy Mayor Margarita Muñiz, Anthony Carter, Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Johnson & Johnson, June Keenan, Founder, CEO and Chairman of Kinetic Learning Enterprises LLC and Gary A. Puckrein, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Minority Quality Forum (the “Forum”) spoke today at the Forum’s 10th Annual National Summit on Health Disparities about the unique public-private collaborative program – Gateway to a Healthy Community™ – Healthier Kids (GHC-HK) developed by Johnson & Johnson in partnership with the Forum and Microsoft Corporation. Carter provided results on the initial phases of the program saying that “through Healthier Kids almost 50,000 children in nearly 2,100 classrooms in Grades K-3 in school districts in Newark, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Houston, TX and Atlanta, GA have exercised for 712,789 hours and burned 150 million calories.” Deputy Mayor Muñiz reported on the impact of the program in Newark. Dr. Puckrein showed maps from the Childhood Obesity Index (COI), the novel web-based tool the program uses to target and map the prevalence of the problem across the nation down to zip code level and by gender/ethnicity that was developed by the Forum with Johnson & Johnson support. Finally, Ms. Keenan talked about the contribution of Kinetic Learning’s Activity Works, a scientifically-developed, plug-and-play program that helps schools meet state mandates for physical education and also contributes to maximizing academic performance since the children continue to learn the instructional curriculum as they exercise.
For more information about Gateway to a Healthy Community™ – Healthier Kids (GHC-HK):