The program, called the Community Health Collaborative, will be coordinated by the Trenton Health Team and will look to educate parents and promote physical activity and healthy food choices for grade school children.
"My administration has been working diligently with community partners to incorporate health considerations in all of our policies and planning efforts," said Mayor Eric Jackson. "We look forward to a powerful collaboration aimed at building the long-term health of our community."
The Novo Nordisk funding will support programs designed to empower parents and caregivers, provide healthy food choices in schools, improve access to healthy, affordable foods, and increase physical activity.
These programs will take the form of dramatic presentations, school gardening, cooking demonstrations, taste tests, interactive technology, and targeted physical play activities and exercises.
The program hopes to prevent early onset of type 2 diabetes and decrease the number of children at an unhealthy weight.
"We are deeply gratified by the investment that Novo Nordisk is making in our community, especially in its children," said Gregory Paulson, Executive Director of the Trenton Health Team. "This program aligns directly with our mission to transform healthcare for the greater Trenton community."