The New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative will host a series of symposia focused on child health, with an emphasis on nutrition, physical activity, and culinary literacy. Each symposium will connect locally and nationally regarded scientists, community-engaged researchers, visionary thinkers, and action-oriented community members. We look forward to hosting you at these exciting and thought-provoking events designed to inform the audience and the NJHKI on the latest advancements in child health and the potential for the future.
Lessons Learned, Future Opportunities
October 29, 2021
The New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative has spent the last three-plus years working with various stakeholders and communities throughout New Jersey to help address the ever-changing challenges of child health. For our latest virtual symposium, we will take a look back at where our initiative started, the challenges and successes we have had, and look ahead to where we can all work together to improve the health of children across New Jersey, nationally, and globally. Featured speakers will include Dr. Anne Barnhill (Johns Hopkins), Dr. Christina Economos (Tufts), Dr. Pamela Koch (Columbia), Dr. Peter Gillies (IFNH Founding Director), and panel discussions featuring several community-engaged researchers, visionary thinkers, and action-oriented community members.
Systems Approaches to
Child Health and Well-Being
October 16, 2020
Improving and maintaining the health and well-being of children and their families requires an understanding of the complex and interrelated systems that serve them. The fall NJHKI symposium, “Systems Approaches to Child Health and Well-Being”, will bring together experts in systems-thinking, education, healthcare, child welfare, nutrition, physical activity, environment, and community approaches to discuss how these various systems individually and together can improve the health and well-being of children and their families.
Big Data and Technology in Child Health
October 18, 2019
The third NJHKI symposium focused on the role that big data and technology can and do play in child health, through the lens of nutrition and physical activity Featured speakers included Dr. Robert Fischer (Case), Dr.Kathryn Montgomery (American), Dr. Nabil Alshurafa (Northwestern), Dr. Tim Brusseau (Utah), Dr. Kip Webster (Augusta) and Dr. Ekaterina Khramtsova (J&J).
The Healthy Child:
Nutrition and Fitness Education for Lifelong Health
May 3, 2019
This symposium, the second installment of our symposium series focused on child health, engaged nutrition and fitness research and education professionals in dialogues focused on advancing children’s health through research, education and practice. Some of the featured speakers included Dr. John Barton Jemmott III (UPENN), Dr. Mary Murimi (TTU), Dr. Pam Koch (Columbia University), and Dr. Amy Mobley (UF) along with community and stakeholder panels.
Thank you to our exhibitor supporter The Kids Cook Monday
The Healthy Child in the 21st Century
November 21, 2018
The first symposium of our series provided a big picture overview of child health through the lens of nutrition and physical activity, with a combination of scientific presentations and community panels. Some of the featured speakers included Drs. Matthew Gillman (NIH), Christina Economos (Tufts), Yvonne Maddox (Uniformed Services University), and Anne Barnhill (Johns Hopkins).
Our Fall 2018 symposium recording is now live, check it out!