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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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First Atlantic County food summit draws state, local experts

February 13, 2017

Originally posted on The Press of Atlantic City by Nicole Leonard GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Students might have been away on winter break at Stockton University, but the campus center event room was filled Monday with people from all over the state looking to make a difference in nutrition and healthy eating in South Jersey. CareAC, an AtlantiCare Foundation community coalition, hosted its first Nourishing Communities — Ingredients for Success food summit in Atlantic County with representatives from state, county, private and nonprofit organizations. The goal was to bring experts in various health and wellness fields together to share information and initiatives on how to better the state’s feeding programs and reduce food insecurity among children, adults and seniors. “We’re trying to start the conversation because hunger is a multifaceted sector,” said Chris Zellers, southeast regional senior program coordinator for New Jersey SNAP-Ed Support Network through the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. “We all […]

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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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Mercer Street Food Bank Addresses Hunger in Mercer County

January 12, 2017

For more than 30 years, the Mercer Street Food Bank has responded to community-wide hunger in Mercer County. The food bank distributes nearly 2.7 million pounds of food and groceries annually to a network of 80 local food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, meal sites, schools, senior and disabled programs and low-income housing sites. The Mercer Street Friends Food Bank receives food donations such as rice, salmon, pasta, and most recently fresh produce from the government and private donors. Nearly 12,000 people who face the pain and indignity of hunger are served per month through these distribution channels. Kyle Williams is the highly involved and hands-on director of the successful food bank. Williams started out as a volunteer and eventually was hired by the food bank and promoted to Food Bank Director. Williams also helped launch the ‘Send Hunger Packing’ program two years ago – a hunger prevention initiative in local […]

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The Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market Attracts Over 5,300 Customers in Second Season

January 12, 2017

The Greenwood Ave Farmers Market closed out its successful second season on October 24, 2016, with its annual Fall Fest. The fall-themed community event included music, pumpkin decorating, face painting and other physical activities for children. Health services were on site, and free flu shots were available to the public. Kids were encouraged to wear costumes and market customers received various giveaways. Since its opening day in June, the has market attracted more than 5,300 health-conscious visitors. Nearly 1,700 people also benefited from the free health services hosted weekly by the market. “We couldn’t be more pleased to close our second year with a fun event,” said Davis. The farmers market has become a community hub of health and wellness and will be featured in an upcoming highlights video produced by the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids. A film crew was on site to interview patrons, healthcare workers, and […]

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Live Healthy Broadens Its Reach into Cumberland County

January 12, 2017

  Three new billboards along Cumberland County roadways in Vineland, Millville, and Bridgeton announce the expansion of Live Healthy into Cumberland County. “With many successes achieved in Vineland, it’s time to expand opportunities for healthier living to a broader population in our county,” said Lisa Scheetz, Director of Operations/COO of Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA. “For several years, Cumberland County has ranked last, or next-to- last, in nearly all measures of health outcomes. However, in that time, we have successfully tested programs in Vineland that address many of these health disparities.” Live Healthy will continue and improve upon its strategies in Vineland. At the same time, Millville and Bridgeton will choose from core strategies in Vineland to create their customized plans for long-term success. Together, these locations house approximately 75% of county residents. This important partnership of community leaders and residents is called Live Healthy Cumberland County, and includes Keep Healthy […]

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