As if NJ didn’t have enough bureaucrats:
Welcome to the Office of Nutrition and Fitness:
The new office will coordinate the department’s existing obesity prevention programs. There are programs to promote breastfeeding, promote sports and physical activity at all ages, encourage fruit and vegetable consumption, and provide fresh fruits and vegetables to eligible women, children and seniors. The new Office of Nutrition and Fitness is expected to open this summer.
Of course the state’s spending your money faster than you can burn calories:
The $15 million Safe Routes to School program helps communities create safer walkways, bikeways and street crossings near schools. It is part of Governor Jon Corzine’s $74 million initiative to improve pedestrian safety statewide.
but there’s still plenty of opportunity to make a buck or two:
The Academy encourages healthy changes at the community level by training participants and offering mini-grants of up to $10,000 that can be used for such projects as starting walking clubs, creating walking maps, offering swimming lessons or water aerobics, or even starting a community or school garden, for example. So far, 20 communities have received mini-grants.
Garden (Salad) State Launches $2 Million Futile Fat Fight. That’s $2 million just on the ads. Then there’s the bureaucracy. And yes, it’ll cost plenty.
But back to those mini-grants. I’m willing to apply for one and start The Principality Blogger’s Walking, Mapping, Swimming and Gardening Club. I’ll contact the other blogger in the township and see if he’s willing to do the paperwork.
After all, all that walking, mapping, swimming and gardening will be taking up all my time.
Update: NJ resident and dear friend Maria sent me this, asking, “The fittest senior citizens of the world?”
Let’s hope the Office of Nutrition and Fitness doesn’t get any ideas and start promoting ice skaing.