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Community Health Collaborative Focuses on Improving Healthy Behaviors

November 7, 2017

November is American Diabetes Month. According to Healthline.com, more than 1.4 million cases of diabetes are being diagnosed annually and about 95% of those cases are type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association reports that more than 12% of the New Jersey population is diabetic and a 2012 Community Health Assessment reported that nearly 10% of Mercer County residents have been diagnosed with diabetes. While still less common than adults, the number of children currently being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is increasing nationwide due to poor eating habits and obesity.  The Community Health Collaborative (CHC) is a program created by Novo Nordisk to improve healthy behaviors in children grades 2-4 in selected Trenton schools by expanding opportunities to access healthy food and increase physical activity. “Since its founding in 2015, the Community Health Collaborative has made important progress in enhancing the culture of health around young people in Trenton,” […]

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30 NJ Health Experts Slated to Speak at Annual Culture of Health Conference on November 29

November 7, 2017

Over 400 public health professionals, educators, and community leaders will hear from 30 population health experts at the Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey conference on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 in Edison, NJ. This year’s theme is ‘A Systems Approach to Promoting Population Health.’ Participants will learn about various public health topics, as well as how to leverage and exchange best practices and research findings in Building a Culture of Health. Meet Our Featured Speakers The daylong conference will feature two dynamic keynote speakers – four-time Olympic runner and New Jersey native Joetta Clark Diggs and social media entrepreneur Dr. Mikhail (Mike) Varshavski D.O. Clark Diggs is a four-time Olympian, Motivational Extraordinaire and NJ Hall of Fame Inductee. She is also the founder of the Joetta Clark Diggs Sports Foundation. Clark Diggs had a successful 24-year career as a competitive 800-meter and 1500-meter runner, winning many collegiate, national, […]

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Raritan Valley YMCA Celebrates a Healthy Halloween

November 7, 2017

The Raritan Valley YMCA’s Healthy U program got families in a festive mood on Tuesday, October 31 with their Healthy Halloween event. The day-long event featured a “Trunk or Trails” that encouraged physical activity among the children. During the day, child care classes hosted individual Halloween parties that featured themed games, activities, and even healthy ‘fruit snacks,’ consisting of a variety of different fruit skewers. “Halloween can be presented without so many sugar sweet drinks and snacks,” said Preeti Srivastava, senior director for the Raritan Valley YMCA.  “A little creativity goes a long way to keep children healthier and active.” Parents were notified prior to the celebration, asking them to choose more nutritional snack items to place in trick or treat bags. While the children trick or treated through the YMCA parking lot, they were asked to do a trick (perform a simple exercise) in exchange for a healthy treat.   SHARE:

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Heart Smarts Helps Community Eat Fresh, Feel Good

November 7, 2017

The Lucky Star Deli on Tyler Street in Trenton is an oasis in a true food desert. Recognizing the importance of offering healthy choices to her customers, store owner Alexsa Zayas was an early and enthusiastic participant in Trenton’s Corner Store Initiative. Zayas once had weight issues of her own so she recognized the importance of bringing wholesome food to the neighborhood. Moreover, Zayas appreciated the education that comes along with being a healthy corner store. “There’s a general lack of knowledge about healthy food, so the education customers receive is very important,” Zayas said. Lucky Star Deli enrolled in the Trenton Healthy Corner Store Network at the start of the initiative in 2014. This year, when The Food Trust expanded the Healthy Corner Store Network with support from Novo Nordisk and introduced Heart Smarts and Health Screenings in Trenton, Lucky Star was chosen as one of four Heart Smarts […]

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Galarza Appointed to Executive Council of BPAC

November 7, 2017

Valeria Galarza, Senior Program Manager for Get Healthy Camden has been appointed to the Executive Council of the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC).  The Executive Council makes cycling and walking safer and more convenient for all New Jersey residents.  BPAC’s mission is to advise the New Jersey Department of Transportation on policies, programs, projects, and research priorities to advance cycling and walking as safe and viable forms of transportation and recreation throughout the State for users of all ages and abilities. The Council members also advise other state and regional agencies on priorities to advance cycling and walking in New Jersey.  “I’m very excited to represent Camden on the BPAC,” said Galarza.  “Improving the built environment by making cycling and walking safer for all residents continues to be a priority.”  BPAC is composed of approximately 15 voting members, representing various federal, state, and regional agencies, advocates, and […]

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Trenton’s Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market Wraps Up Successful Third Season with Annual Harvest Fest

November 7, 2017

  The Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market wrapped up another successful season with their third annual Harvest Fest on Monday October 23, 2017. Open to all ages, Harvest Fest featured fall-themed food tastings, giveaways, games, and activities. Safe trick-or-treating and healthy tips for Halloween were shared with parents. Market-goers also enjoyed a Halloween mask decorating and temporary vegetable tattoos courtesy of Harvest Tattoos. Volunteers from TCNJ were on site to help with activities including pumpkin putt-putt, an apple basket toss, pumpkin painting, and the chance to guess the weight of a large pumpkin. Each child had the opportunity to collect stamps in a passport and win prizes as they visited each Harvest Fest booth. Kitchen aprons, fall-centric recipes, and cases of canned water were free to customers who made a purchase at the market. “Our residents see the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market as a local hub for health and fun, making […]

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New Brunswick Finishes Fifth Ciclovia Season with Activities for Miles

November 7, 2017

  photos courtesy of New Brusnwick Ciclovia New Brunswick Ciclovia, a family-friendly event that emphasizes healthy living and community bonding, hosted its final event of the season on October 8, 2017. Each year, more than three miles of roads throughout the city of New Brunswick become temporarily car-free for five hours on a three-mile route without a beginning or an end. New this year, a free bike-share program was available for participants who didn’t own a bicycle. Residents enjoyed exercise classes, dance performances, rock climbing, activities, games, giveaways, and tables from local vendors along the 3-mile route. Ciclovia will return in the spring of 2018. For information and updates about New Brunswick’s Ciclovia, please visit www.newbrunswickciclovia.com.   SHARE:

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WATCH: Elwyn NJ Worksite Wellness Program Promotes Healthy Employees

November 7, 2017

Since 2015, Live Healthy Vineland has worked with local organizations such as Elwyn New Jersey to implement healthy workplace strategies. Elwyn NJ has many dedicated employees who serve disabled and disadvantaged individuals. The organization has created a successful program where its employees and individuals are living and working in a culture of health.  Along with Elwyn, twenty-one local businesses and organizations have implemented interventions that positively impact employee health in the city of Vineland. This video highlights the worksite wellness initiatives made by Elwyn NJ, a human service organization serving disabled individuals, to provide a healthy atmosphere for its dedicated employees.   SHARE:

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Creating Community Impact: NJPHK and The Food Trust

November 7, 2017

New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids (NJPHK) collaborates with high-profile, high-results partners in pursuing its mission to implement strategies that support access to affordable healthy foods to help children achieve a healthy weight. One such partner is The Food Trust. In a study conducted by Philanthropedia, The Food Trust was ranked #2 in America as a “high-impact” nonprofit focused on children’s health and nutrition. In 2011, The Food Trust received support from the Campbell’s Healthy Communities Initiative to expand its Philadelphia Healthy Corner Store Initiative into Camden and create the Camden Healthy Corner Store Network. In 2014, NJPHK and The Food Trust joined forces to build off the successes of the Camden network and replicate that achievement throughout New Jersey, starting with the other four NJPHK cities (Newark, New Brunswick, Trenton and Vineland). The two organizations, along with The American Heart Association, convened a statewide task force to examine business […]

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Camden Collective Impact Highlighted at Michigan Nutrition Summit

November 7, 2017

Valeria Galarza, Get Healthy Camden and Cooper’s Ferry Partnership Senior Project Manager, joined John Weidman, Deputy Executive Director, The Food Trust and Kim Fortunato, president of Campbell Soup Foundation in a panel discussion regarding Food Access at the Kent County Nutrition Summit. Held on October 16th, World Food Day, at the Amway Headquarters in Ada, Michigan, the one-day Summit explored national cross-sector partnerships and reviewed local community health challenges.  The Summit brought together more than 150 individuals from various organizations across Michigan state to look at how to further develop local collaborative partnerships in the areas of nutrition, food security and child and maternal health.  The Camden panel highlighted the public-private partnership between Campbell’s Healthy Communities Program and its Camden partners, all whom have agreed to Collective Impact and best practices between industry and nonprofit organizations.  Campbell’s Healthy Communities is focused on: Food Access—Ensure that high-quality, affordable, nutritious foods are […]

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