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200+ Environmental Policy Changes Impacting Over 45 Municipalities

Promoting Active Living Through Bicycle Lanes

65+ Families Have Attended Our Ongoing Healthy Living Retreat

200+ Corner Stores Enrolled in the NJ Healthy Corner Store Initiative

Building Community Playgrounds

Sponsoring Healthy Farmers Markets

Developing School Wellness Policies

400+ Attending the Annual Culture of Health Conference

NJPHK Celebrates National Public Health Week

NJPHK Celebrates National Minority Health Month

Implementing Environment and Policy Changes to Help Children Achieve a Healthy Weight

Why Creating Healthy Communities Matters:


Percent of children in New Jersey are considered overweight or obese


New Jersey ranks in overall prevalence of childhood obesity


Billion: The cost of national childhood obesity health care per year

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NJ Celebrates National Minority Health Month

April 3, 2017

As the Executive Director of the New Jersey Office of Minority and Multicultural Health (OMMH), Dr. Carolyn Daniels, D.H.Sc., M.Ed., is on a mission—to foster accessible and high-quality programs and policies that help minorities in New Jersey achieve optimal health, dignity, and independence. Since she joined the New Jersey Department of Health in 2011, she and her strong and mighty team of five have focused on the monumental tasks of eliminating health disparities, removing barriers to care and ensuring that cultural, linguistic and health literacy appropriate care is provided to all racial/ethnic groups in the state. April is National Minority Health Month and this year’s theme is Bridging Health Equity Across Communities. “It’s a very exciting time of the year for us beginning with a proclamation from the Governor’s Office,” said Dr. Daniels. During the month, NJ’s OMMH office will join forces with its long-time partners the American Heart Association […]


24 Restaurants Participate in Vineland’s First Healthy Dining Week

April 3, 2017

Healthy choices were on the dinner menu for South Jersey residents as Live Healthy Vineland (LHV) hosted its inaugural Healthy Dining Week during March 6 – 12, 2017 at 24 different restaurants. As one component of LHV’s Healthy Food Network, the Healthy Dining Initiative is an effort to promote healthy lifestyle choices by focusing on behavioral changes at retail food establishments. “We want families to see the healthy choices available at a variety of establishments,” said David Calderetti, project director for NJPHK-Vineland. Residents were encouraged to support local businesses who joined in the Healthy Dining Initiative. Each participating restaurant offered healthy dining specials on their menus. While dining, customers found table toppers with information on healthy options; placemats with games for children to play and learn about healthier food choices; and menu stickers indicating healthy items offered. The following restaurants participated in Healthy Dining Week: IHOP Friends and Family Diner […]


New Brunswick’s ‘March Snackness’ Gives Healthy Snacks a Competitive Edge

April 3, 2017

      “As the NCAA tournament (March Madness) began last year, I thought to myself, how can I tie this awesome event into our PE/Health curriculum in 2017?” That was the question educator Steven Louka wanted to answer to help his students find a creative way to eat healthy foods and exercise. As the supervisor of the physical education, health, and wellness department for New Brunswick schools, Louka began to share his tournament-style competition with others and received positive feedback and encouragement to move forward with the program. “The premise of this competition is to get our students to realize how easy and fun eating healthy can be. There’s a wide variety of healthy and affordable snack options,” Louka said. Louka worked with FoodCorps service member Hayley Klein to develop rules and regulations for the competition. In true tournament fashion, classes from grades 3 to 7 competed against each […]


National Public Health Week: April 3 – 9

April 3, 2017

The U.S. ranks 34th globally in life expectancy. National Public Health Week, an initiative of the American Public Health Association (APHA), is focused on creating the healthiest nation in one generation. It is an opportunity to consider the health needs of our cities, towns, and communities and reflect on how we as individuals can contribute to improving our own health and the health of our families and neighbors. Three National Public Health Week mandates mirror the priorities of New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids. Give everyone a choice of safe, healthy food Make healthy choice the easy choice Build a nation of safe, healthy communities The APHA suggests numerous ways in which individuals can advocate for health: Support menu labeling. Having the calories and fat content on the menu enables consumers to make healthy choices. Ask a local restaurant to consider making nutrition content available to patrons. Support taxes on […]


Get Healthy Camden Leads Community Health Feedback Sessions

April 3, 2017

How can Camden improve its overall health? That was the discussion topic for 30 representatives of faith-based organizations who came together to share their suggestions with Get Healthy Camden (GHC) and Camden Coalition of Health Providers (Camden Coalition). During the meeting held at Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church on February 27th, Cooper’s Ferry and GHC project manager Val Galarza provided a brief background about Get Healthy Camden, and Camden Coalition program assistant Soley Berrios explained the next steps for the Faith in Prevention organization. “It’s crucial that we hear direct feedback from the community about the important issues affecting them daily and how Camden can become a healthier city,” said Galarza. Participants were asked to share the changes they had made in their respective congregations and to give feedback on the proposed plans for improvement in Camden’s health initiatives. Attendees were divided into breakout groups to share suggestions for improvements in four […]


Camden Families Have the “Healthy” Time of Their Lives

April 3, 2017

Justin Spencer-Linzie (far right) poses for a photo with some Frost Valley campers Imagine a no-cost weekend health retreat with your family at a 5,000-acre camp in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. Cell phones and other technology is banned. In exchange, families can spend the day hiking, zip-lining through the woods, swimming, boating, practicing archery, sitting around the campfire, stargazing, enjoying healthy meals and learning how to prepare them. About 75 individuals from Camden were able to enjoy such a two-night weekend last year at Frost Valley YMCA. The healthy family weekend retreat provides people of all ages and abilities with enriching, even life-altering, outdoor experiences, access to nature, adventure, environmental education, and fun. Justin Spencer-Linzie, Director of Community Youth Programs at the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties, and Valeria Galarza, Senior Project Manager with Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, accompanied each group of Camden families on their weekend health […]

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4 Reasons to Implement School Wellness

by Darrin Anderson, Sr., PhD, MS State Deputy Director, New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids April 24-28 marks the fifth year of celebration for Every Kid Healthy Week (EKHW). The goal is to bring both awareness and recognition to schools across the nation who are dedicating time to improving health and wellness and cultivating the school environment. As a father who is committed to the health and well-being of my son and daughter, I believe good health is vital, and all children should have access to healthy meals both at home and school. I also think physical activity is equally important. Many of the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids communities have had great success in revising school wellness policies and working with school officials on implementation. Below are just some of the successes we’ve had in creating an overall Culture of Health within many New Jersey schools: Food access […]

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Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice in Camden, Newark, New Brunswick, Trenton and Vineland

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