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NJIT Receives $20,000 Grant from Horizon Foundation To Promote Teen Health

To promote the health of at-risk teenagers in Newark and the surrounding area, NJIT has received a $20,000 grant from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.

This grant renews the Foundation’s valuable support for a program to teach middle and high school students about nutrition, physical fitness and healthy lifestyles. At NJIT, the project will be carried out by the Consortium for Pre-College Education in Greater Newark, a partnership of NJIT, Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

“Obesity and lack of physical fitness can result in serious, long-term health problems among teenagers in our community. We are deeply grateful for the partnership of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey in our efforts to prevent these problems through an effective education program,” said Charles R. Dees, Jr., PhD, vice president for advancement at NJIT.

“We are delighted to partner with NJIT,” said Larry Altman, executive director of the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. “The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is dedicated to supporting charitable organizations making an impact in the lives of people across New Jersey.”

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey promotes health and an improved quality of life across our state by supporting charitable community organizations. For more information about the Foundation visit www.HorizonBlue.com/foundation.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.