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CSE Dietetic Intern Graduate Jenna Tallaksen, RD, ’11, Part of Nestlé Team, Works to Improve the Nutrition of Newark’s Children

CSE Dietetic Intern Graduate Jenna Tallaksen, RD, ’11, Part of Nestlé Team, Works to Improve the Nutrition of Newark’s Children

Jenna Tallaksen, ’11, a graduate of the CSE dietetic internship program, contributed to a Nestlé project promoting nutritional health to Newark’s children. In the picture, Tallaksen is the last person on the left.

The project was initiated by Marilyn Knox, president and CEO of Nestlé Infant Nutrition North America, and Tallaksen’s supervisor, Wendy Johnson-Askew, director of public policy, Nestlé.

Nestle's Program Aims to Make a Difference in Newark

Mayor Cory A. Booker and Let's Move! Newark announced the initiative with Nestle and Newark Now to address the obesity problem facing the children of Newark. The new program aims to help tackle Newark's high childhood obesity rate through community education supported by a $100,000 contribution from Nestlé.

According to The New Jersey Childhood Obesity Study, Newark children have higher rates of obesity compared to the national data. Among Newark children ages 3-5 years, 27 percent were classified as obese, far above the national average of 10 percent for children ages 2-5 cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"I am so excited to announce that Nestlé is becoming our newest supporter of Let's Move! Newark," said Mayor Cory A. Booker. "Through this new initiative, Nestlé and Newark Now will empower our city's grandparents, parents and caregivers on how they can improve the nutrition of their young children by promoting small dietary changes and healthy activity."

"Parents, grandparents and caregivers are seeking information about how to make healthy food choices when feeding their little ones," said Marilyn Knox, president and CEO of Nestlé Infant Nutrition North America. "We at Gerber are committed to working with Mayor Booker, Newark Now and the city's network of Family Success Centers to empower residents with knowledge to tackle obesity prevention in young children through community-based education."

The recently formed Newark-Nestlé Nutrition Advisory Board will oversee the program. The board includes experts in nutrition and public health from the Newark area as well as community members experienced with engaging neighborhood residents. Newark Now, which coordinates activities across the city's Family Success Centers, will serve as the program's lead agency and Michael Anne Kyle, Newark Now chief operating officer, will chair the advisory board.

Gerber Commits to Early Childhood Nutrition

Gerber Products Company, part of Nestlé, is committed to nourishing a healthier generation through its Start Healthy, Stay Healthy™ initiative that combines science, products and educational resources and services that are designed to encourage the early establishment of healthy eating habits in children from birth to preschool.

The landmark Nestlé Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) research is the largest and most comprehensive population-based study of the diets of young children in the United States. The most recent FITS data reported that between 12 and 24 months, a diet low in fruits and vegetables and high in sweets and saturated fats begins to develop. This pattern is established by 24 months, continues through the preschool years and mimics some of the unhealthy eating habits seen in older children and adults.

Gerber Products Company, founded in 1928, officially joined the Nestlé family in 2007. Nestlé and Gerber's combined resources and scientific research expertise have enabled the company to become a worldwide leader in early childhood nutrition. Gerber produces more than 200 food products, all of which are a part of the proprietary Gerber® Start Healthy, Stay Healthy™ nutrition system. Start Healthy, Stay Healthy combines products, educational resources and services that are designed to encourage the early establishment of healthy eating habits in children from birth to preschool.

Learn more on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxHyNPr-FPU.

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