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The New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative (NJHKI)

NJHKI builds upon the core values of the Rutgers New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health with a focus on health equity and community partnership. By uniting with local families to pinpoint child health needs and explore where they are unmet, the NJHKI can develop a task force to address those needs. Learn more about us.

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This summer, we collaborated w/ @FTPDSomersetNJ Recreation Department’s FranklinFit afterschool program to offer 30 Franklin Township middle school and high school students culinary nutrition lessons. Click below to learn more about this great program!

NJHKI’s Dr. Peggy Policastro and Alison Brown and NJHKI Ambassador Jenny Campbell presented at @eatrightFNCE 2022 about the Healthy Helpers virtual culinary literacy program. It was one of the highest-rated sessions at FNCE this year! Click to read more!

Did you see our July Opinion piece on As summer winds down and NJ families gear up for school this September, it's important that we consider what healthy lifestyle habits and skills we want our children to gain In school. Link to full article in our bio.

What is processed food? Should you be eating processed food? Some processed food can actually be good for you and can save you time in the kitchen. One example of a processed food is pre-chopped salad mix. Don’t stray away from all processed foods! Linked in the bio is more info.

It's important that children learn to prepare and cook food themselves for proper childhood development. These are simple recipes that children as young as five years old can prepare for themselves with adult supervision.

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