Dr. Marion Nestle To Speak on Food Choices and Obesity

NEWARK : In conjunction with the interactive, family exhibition Generation Fit: Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle, the Newark Museum will host a fitness and nutrition festival on Saturday, March 15  from noon- 4:30 pm. The event, which is free with Museum admission, includes a film screening, activities and a lecture by author-activist Dr. Marion Nestle.       


Nestle, a Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University; and author of Food Politics and Why Calorie Count, will speak at 2 pm about the scientific, economic and social influences on food choice and obesity, with an emphasis on the role of food marketing. A book signing will follow the lecture. 

Activities throughout the day include Zumba® , yoga and chair exercise fitness classes; garden composting; a burning calories lab; BMI screenings; and fitness level assessments.  The film Weight of the Nation/Consequence will be screened from 4-5 pm. The first film in “The Weight of the Nation” four-part series, it examines the obesity epidemic and explores the serious health consequences of being overweight or obese.   The film will be introduced by Barbara Mintz, MS, RD, Assistant Vice President of Wellness at Newark Beth Israel Medical; and Mary Koch, RN, MSN, CNOR at Newark Beth Israel Medical, with a Q&A to follow.  The film is courtesy of HBO.

Generation Fit: Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle is presented in partnership with The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey and the Roche Foundation, with additional support for education programs provided by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

For more information and to see a full schedule of activities, visit the Museum’s web site at www.NewarkMuseum.org.  Stay informed by following the Museum on Facebook at facebook.com/newark.museum or Twitter at twitter.com/newarkmuseum


The Newark Museum is located at 49 Washington Street in the Downtown/Arts District of Newark, New Jersey, just 3 blocks from NJPAC and 10 miles west of New York City. The Museum is open all year round: Wednesdays through Sundays, from Noon – 5:00 p.m.  Suggested Museum admission: Adults, $12.00; Children, Seniors and Students with valid I.D., $7.00.  Newark Residents and Members are admitted free. The Museum Café is open for lunches Wednesday through Sunday. Convenient parking is available for a fee. The Newark Museum campus, including its collections, facilities, and other resources, is accessible to accommodate the broadest audience possible, including individuals utilizing wheelchairs, with physical impairments, other disabilities, or special needs. For general information, call 973-596-6550 or visit our web site, http://www.NewarkMuseum.org.

Newark Museum, a not-for-profit museum of art, science and education, receives operating support from the City of Newark, the State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State — a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, the Prudential Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Victoria Foundation, the Wallace Foundation and other corporations, foundations and individuals. Funds for acquisitions and activities other than operations are provided by members and other contributors.

The Newark Museum is just a few steps from the new NJTransit Light Rail Washington Park Station. Direct connection with the Light Rail at the Broad Street Station and through Penn Station makes the Museum a convenient ride from all points in the region.