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Food Rewards Can Lead to Emotional Overeating

October 10, 2016

by Meredith Masin Blount Director of School Based Youth Services, New Brunswick Tomorrow Project Director, NJPHK-New Brunswick   “If you’re good, we can get ice cream later” “Stop fussing and you can have the chocolate” “Finish picking up your room and we’ll get french fries”   Sound familiar? We’ve all heard these reasoning techniques by moms and dads who just want their kids to focus and do as they’re asked. As a mom of three boys myself, I know the challenges children sometimes have in following directions. I also want my kids to eat healthy foods and learn to make healthy choices. Unfortunately, using unhealthy foods or sweets as a reward for good behavior leads to negative effects on eating habits later on. According to a report found on Science Daily, “parents who use very overly controlling feeding practices with their children, such as using food as a reward or […]


Atlantic City Corner Stores Get Healthy

September 29, 2016

“I am writing to express my gratitude to your group for collaborating to improve health outcomes for Atlantic City residents, by making the healthy choice the easy choice,” wrote New Jersey State Senator Jim Whelan to David Calderetti, project manager of New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Vineland (NJPHK-V). Whelan went on to commend the efforts of NJPHK-V and its partners, AtlantiCare, Rutgers SNAP-Ed and the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA to facilitate a Corner Store Initiative for residents of Atlantic City that will “help expand healthy food selection in corner stores—providing access to foods and encouraging healthier eating habits.” Ten corner stores in Atlantic City have signed on to the Corner Store Initiative. The participating stores are located near schools to increase access to healthy food and snack options for students. Four of the stores are part of the Cedar Food Market, a family-owned business that operates corner stores in Atlantic […]


Why Are Carrots Orange?

September 29, 2016

Family Dining Comes to Newark Head Start Starting in September, breakfast and lunch at Newark Public Schools (NPS) Head Start programs will be more than a meal. Four Head Start preschools will begin initiating family style dining, whereby students, teachers, and teacher aides will gather at small tables, serve themselves, enjoy a nutritious meal and talk about the food and the experience. “It will be an opportunity for learning,” said Victoria Stewart, NPS Health Coordinator, and a registered dietician, who is charged with making this Head Start requirement a reality at NPS. “With family style dining, all types of skill development can come into play.” Beyond the obvious like following directions, fine motor skills, self-help skills and social skills, Stewart noted that meals also can prompt simple lessons in science, math, spelling, language development, and, of course, nutrition. An NPS readiness goal for its Head Start program is that “children […]


Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market Partners with Aramark Building Community

September 29, 2016

Aramark’s Building Community (ABC) is a community involvement initiative where employees lend a hand to various local centers and projects to help strengthen and enrich lives. On Tuesday, September 20, the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market was one of the stops Aramark employee volunteers made to support the market’s effort in promoting healthier living. As part of the project, volunteers built a farmer’s market stand; built, painted and planted flower beds, designed customer tote bags, and even sketched activities for kids on the blacktop. “We are so happy to see that Aramark is aligned with promoting access to healthy food and safer play areas for residents of the city of Trenton,” said Marissa Davis, project director for the New Hersey Partnership for Healthy Kids. Through the ABC grant, the YMCA was funded $5,000 to purchase essential supplies to help sustain the market’s value. Aramark started their Building Community Day back in […]


Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market Fit Fest

September 29, 2016

Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market Showcased the Fun Side of Health at ‘Fit Fest’ Physical health and fun were the main menu items served during the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market’s Fit Fest on August 29. There were plenty of healthy activities and giveaways for market visitors, including free pedometers courtesy of Novo Nordisk. The Trenton YMCA gave away one week Guest Passes to patrons and even led a few Zumba sessions–a crowd favorite. “We want our residents to understand a healthy lifestyle incorporates both healthy foods and physical fitness,” says Marissa Davis, project director for the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids. Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson even stopped by the market to show his support of the market’s health initiatives. The summer interns from Capital City My Brother’s Keeper kept kids moving with jump ropes, hopscotch, and hula hoops. An inflatable, 22-foot water slide was on site to help visitors beat the heat and to keep hydrated. […]


Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Valeria Galarza

September 29, 2016

Valeria Galarza’s extended family embraces the culture and heritage of the Dominican Republic on her mother’s side, El Salvador on her father’s side, Puerto Rico on her husband’s side and the USA where Galarza and her husband were born and raised. Galarza is senior project manager for Cooper’s Ferry Partnership and project manager for New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Camden where she provides leadership to the Get Healthy Camden initiative. Get Healthy Camden seeks to advance policy, systems and environmental changes that create equity and sustainability for a healthier Camden. Thanks in large part to Galarza’s leadership, Camden City Council recently adopted a wellness resolution committing the City to consider health in all policies moving forward. Spanish was Galarza’s first language, and she gained command of English through ESL classes and exposure to Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Being bi-lingual has proved to be a distinct advantage in a […]

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Establish Your Child’s Healthy Habits Early

Let’s face it – foods with little to no nutritional value are being geared towards kids and getting plenty of celebrity endorsements. Childhood obesity is a serious problem and children need space to play and healthy foods to help them grow. Establishing healthy habits in kids will help them understand the importance of nutrients and they’ll be more likely to pick up an apple instead of a bag of chips. Lifestyle experts and dedicated moms Agatha Achindu and Camila Alves shared their three ‘Ps’ in this Huffington Post article that’ll help you jump start healthy habits as early as possible: PLAY – Having your kids scampering around while you’re pulling a meal together can be an opportunity for them. Don’t shoo them away! It is a way for them to connect to the idea that good food is a big part of family life. PREP – Advance prep is another key. When you have your kids in the kitchen, putting them to work and making it fun is […]

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New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids Community Progress

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

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