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Departments Team Up To Combat Obesity, Secondhand Smoke Exposure

New Jersey’s health, food and education commissioners are teaming up to fight what they call the biggest threats to children.
The unusual joint campaign announced yesterday aims to raise awareness about the top preventable causes of death — tobacco use and poor diet, along with physical inactivity.
It calls for Health Commissioner Fred Jacobs, Agriculture Secretary Charles Kuperus and Education Commissioner Lucille Davy to travel the state in the next three months.
They’ll discuss prevention strategies with dozens of groups, from schoolchildren, teachers and parents to doctors, medical students and community groups.
Jacobs says those groups and government agencies will have to find ways to foster more physical activity, portion control, healthier food choices and even breast-feeding, which is linked to a lower risk of obesity.

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