The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute (NJHCQI) is a public foundation dedicated to addressing issues of health care quality in New Jersey. In this effort, we have collaborated with both public and private entities that have an interest in improved health care quality. Our strategy has centered on identifying best practices which will improve quality and working with those responsible for care to implement these best practices. We also inform New Jersey citizens about those providers and health care organizations who embrace high standards of quality so health care consumers can shop thoughtfully for health care.
We now, with these same stakeholder groups, bring this collaborative, best practice strategy to bear on obesity and inactivity, a crisis for our state and our nation.
Consider the following:
Approximately 62% of U.S. adults and 34% of U.S. children are overweight or obese
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “The obesity rate has doubled since the late 1970s. The heavy are getting heavier. That’s particularly true of adults, but it’s also true of kids.”
Obesity has become an epidemic in America and in New Jersey and the consequences are startling:
The good news is many recognize these health care risks and want to do something about it:
Given the severity of these concerns and the willingness of people to do something about it, the NJHCQI has created a program to attack this problem:
The Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC) has provided a toolbox to help local mayors implement wellness programs in their communities. This toolbox includes self-assessment tools, suggestions for program evaluation and a variety of best practice programs they can implement. You can explore these resources under the Toolbox button on our website.
This effort could not have been undertaken without the wisdom and support of Bill Dressel, Executive Director of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, who was an early advocate for bringing resources directly to communities. Also critical to our effort is the major funding provided by The Walmart Foundation.
We see this effort as an ongoing process of improving and enhancing the information and programs New Jersey communities can provide their citizens to improve their health and health care. I hope you will visit our website (www.mayorswellnesscampaign.org) often with high expectations for the resources you will find there. With your help, we can build a healthy future for our state.
David L. Knowlton
President & CEO
New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute