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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

160+ Corner Stores Enrolled NJ Healthy Corner Store Initiative

Building Community Playgrounds

Sponsoring Healthy Farmers Market

Developing School Wellness Policies

400+ Attending the Annual Culture of Health Conference

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


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NJPHK Partner Spotlight: The American Heart Association

February 13, 2017

In celebration of American Heart Month in February, NJPHK is highlighting the American Heart Association (AHA).  AHA is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. One in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke–equal to 2,200 deaths per day. Founded in 1924, the AHA consists of millions of supporters and volunteers and advocates for stronger public health policies to improve lives nationally. Two years ago, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Heart Association formed Voices for Healthy Kids, a collaborative effort created to promote policies that ensure children live in communities where they have an opportunity to grow up healthy. The American Heart Association has also worked with the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance and the Food Trust to support the New Jersey Healthy Corner Store Initiative, a […]

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NJPHK CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February 13, 2017

Barbara George Johnson Executive Director John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy Thomas Edison State University National African American History Month in February honors the contributions that African-Americans have made to American history.  NJPHK is proud to celebrate Barbara George Johnson, a public health advocate and 2014 recipient of the NJPHK Healthy Kids Champion Award. George Johnson brings more than 22 years of experience as a public policy professional to New Jersey. She oversees the six policy centers housed at the John S. Watson Institute:  The centers focus on early childhood education, urban environmental issues, public health, civic engagement and leadership development, capacity building, and the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association (NJUMA). The NJUMA is a nonpartisan organization comprised of the 31 largest municipalities in the state.  Barbara manages legislative analysis, regional economic development, public safety and other policy issues for the NJUMA. Before her current role, Barbara served as […]

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Michelle Brill Recognized for Partnership with Trenton’s Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market 

February 13, 2017

 Since the startup of the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market in June 2015, Michelle Brill, Family and Community Health Sciences Educator, Amanda Skahan Grasso, Missy Snow, and volunteer Barbara Inman-Clark from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County have educated numerous Trenton families about nutrition and healthy eating on a weekly basis.  From curly kale slaw to fruit kabobs, you’ll find Michelle and her team preparing and hosting food tasting sessions—all to promote recipes that contribute to a healthier way of life.  In recognition of this innovative partnership with the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market, Michelle Brill received national, state and regional awards from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS).  Presented during NEAFCS’s annual conference in Big Sky, Montana in the Fall of 2016, the award recognized Brill for her efforts in building community partnerships to meet the educational needs and concerns of families.   “Michelle and her team have made such an impact on our ability to make the healthy choice the easy choice […]

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NJPHK – Newark’s Courtney Price lands new position

February 13, 2017

In February, Courtney Price, project director of New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Newark (NJPHK-Newark) will begin a new chapter in her career as a public health analyst with Northrup Grumman, a consulting organization that works with the Center for Disease Control. Since joining NJPHK-Newark in 2011, Price has worked to promote the importance of healthy living in the city of Newark, NJ. Under her leadership, initiatives such as the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) program and ‘Let’s Move! In the Clinic, have been instrumental in building health advocates for physical activity and healthy foods for children.  Price has also remained committed to showing local communities the importance of reversing childhood obesity trends by helping to promote the Newark Healthy Corner Store initiative. “Courtney has been an essential part in shaping the culture of health for Newark, and we thank her for her unwavering commitment,” said Darrin Anderson, deputy director […]

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Vineland NJPHK Participates in South Jersey Food Summit

February 13, 2017

On January 9th, Stockton University hosted the Nourishing Communities: Ingredients for Success Food Summit in Atlantic County. The conference was attended by state and local representatives who shared a similar goals – learning and sharing ways to improve food insecurity across communities in southern New Jersey. The Cumberland Cape YMCA and the Food Trust hosted a table at the event, educating participants about food access and the importance of healthy corner stores. “It’s encouraging to see that everyone has a desire to make changes in their local communities,” said David Calderetti, project director for New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids – Vineland. “Everyone should have access to healthy foods.” Other table hosts at the Summit focused on topics such as summer feeding programs, community gardens, mobile pantries, and farm-to-school programs. To learn more about the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA, please visit their website here. SHARE:

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Anderson Addresses Youth at YMCA Model UN Conference 

February 13, 2017

New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids Deputy Director, Darrin Anderson served as a guest speaker at the Northeast Regional YMCA Model United Nations Conference in Hersey, PA. The three-day conference was held over two weekends in January 2017 and included more than 2,000 high school students from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware.  Anderson provided the students with an overview of how public policy shapes the environment and the importance of creating equitable communities.   The YMCA Model UN program introduces students to the operation and structure of the UN while providing them with an opportunity to actively learn about world cultures and debate issues of international importance. The program promotes leadership through character development, while introducing students to a vast array of ideas.  “The YMCA Model UN program is distinct because students lead the committees,” stated Anderson. “The program focuses on compromise, finding solutions, and student development to achieve the goal of “developing tomorrow’s […]

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3 Easy Ways to Stay Heart Healthy

By Valeria Galarza Project Director, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership and NJPHK-Camden The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States and about 790,000 people have heart attacks each year. Poor food choices including over processed foods that are high in sodium and sugar are causing serious health-related issues (stroke, health disease, diabetes, etc.) to start at an early age. Because February is American Heart Month, here are three simple ways to make sure you’re taking care of yourself and being heart smart: Eat a healthy balanced diet– Make sure to eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. Processed foods (white bread, cookies) contain high amounts of saturated fats and sodium and increase your blood pressure. Learn to read the nutrition labels before you buy! Make sleep a priority– According to a study by […]

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