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Virtua joins Dept. of Health as a Shaping NJ Partner

Virtua recently signed a state partnership agreement with the NJ Department of Health (NJDOH) to become a Shaping NJ partner. Shaping NJ is a new highly-engaged public-private partnership that is creating a movement to make healthy eating and active living possible for everyone.

This long-term initiative partners with healthcare providers, schools, worksites and communities to implement wellness strategies and solutions around obesity prevention.

As a Shaping NJ Partner, Virtua will continue to promote its mission to help our community “Be Well, Get Well and Stay Well” and work collaboratively with the DOH.

The obesity epidemic in New Jersey is growing every year. The NJ Department of Health estimates by 2018 nearly 40% of New Jersey adults will be obese and the state will be spending $9.3 billion annually in obesity-related health costs.

Virtua has pledged to be a part of this social change. To learn more about this initiative visit www.shapingnj.gov.
As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. It is the official orthopedic provider for the Philadelphia Flyers. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.