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There is an urgent need to address the problem of obesity. Recognizing the hazards to public health and in particular, to the citizens of NJ, Rutgers University and the NJ Agricultural Experiment Station helped to establish NJOG with a 5 year Program Enhancement Grant in 2001. This funding has allowed us to provide education through symposia and group counseling to other health professionals and researchers and the public.
NJOG has become more accessible to the public and faculty frequently respond to questions from the media (i.e., state newspapers, magazines and the associated press) and from individuals in NJ via our website and brochure. Outreach activities of NJOG include advising New Brunswick Tomorrow , a non-profit organization that provides health-related support to the community. These efforts resulted in funding of the Healthier New Brunswick 2010 initiative to conduct studies on physical activity in the New Brunswick after-school program. In addition, NJOG members serve the community through free weight loss counseling and participation in health fairs.