RWJ Hamilton expands childhood obesity program with Aetna grant

TRENTON – Funded by a $23,000 grant from the Aetna Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton announced an expansion of its pediatric weight management program.

SHAPEDOWN, the free, 10-week program offered quarterly for young people between the ages of 8-18, targets childhood obesity, which effects one in three American kids. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Jersey has the second-highest rate of obesity in the nation among low-income preschoolers.

The Aetna grant expands the program to help graduates of the 10-week course maintain healthy living habits, as well as providing educational strategies to prevent obesity in the preschool and school-age populations through exposure to healthy eating and exercise practices.

RWJ Hamilton expands childhood obesity program with Aetna grant