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Annie Madonia

By Annie Madonia

A Healthy Region is a Strong Region

Thu, March 02, 2017

Leaders Lead Group Photo

Riding a bike on the sidewalk. Running around on the playground. Joining a Little League team.

These are some of the well-known hallmarks of a healthy and active childhood; however, in Camden and other impoverished areas throughout our region, the reality is that safe sidewalks and playgrounds are scarce, and organized sports are hard to come by. Sadly, the absence of opportunities for play has a negative impact on the health and wellness of our children and our families.

At our most recent Leaders Lead Speaker Series session entitled “Investing in a Healthy Future: The Benefits of Regional Well-Being,” attendees engaged in a robust conversation about existing barriers to positive health outcomes, as well as the coalitions, partnerships and programs that are in place working to build stronger local communities with healthier options for our children. Through strategic investments and a commitment to collaboration, all sectors are playing a part in improving the wellness of our region – and we are proud to be a part of this critical effort.

Special thanks to our moderator Kim Fremont Fortunato of the Campbell Soup Foundation at Campbell Soup Company and panelists Darrin W. Anderson, Sr., PhD, MS of the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids and the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance; Bob Atkins, PhD, RN, FAAN of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and Jerome D. Williams, PhD, MS, BA of Rutgers University-Newark for their insight and expertise on this important topic. Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Deloitte, and Campbell Soup Company for hosting our session.

Visit us on the web to learn more about United Way’s work to make our region a healthy place to live and work.

In the spring, Leaders Lead continues with:

    “Government and Philanthropy” on April 19, and

    “Diversity and Leadership” on May 9.

To RSVP for these events, please contact us at 215-665-2691 or

View photos from Investing in a Healthy Future.