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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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Vineland Residents Benefit from Farm-to-Pantry Partnership

January 12, 2017

Live Healthy Vineland (LHV) launched a farm-to-pantry pilot initiative that provided 312 families with fresh vegetables in 2016. This effort, along with others implemented through LHV’s Healthy Food Network, has made a positive impact at the dinner table in many Vineland homes. One beneficiary revealed that she had not had fresh produce in nine years. For another family, this was the first time the children had ever tasted fresh vegetables. This inability to procure fresh produce is not unusual in Vineland where over 40% of the children under age 11 are overweight or obese. Ninety percent of children in Vineland do not meet recommendations for vegetable consumption, and 27% of children eat vegetables less than once per day. The lack of fresh produce prompted Emma Lopez, Health Educator for the Vineland Health Department to help LHV conduct a needs assessment. During the winter of 2016, LHV surveyed food pantries to […]

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Get Healthy Camden Awarded $25,000 from General Electric’s Healthy Cities Leadership Academy Challenge

January 12, 2017

BUILT TO LAST: GAINING AN EDGE FROM PARTNERSHIP AND CROSS-SECTOR COLLABORATION session with: Elizabeth Mitchell, CEO, Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (Moderator); David Erickson, Director, Community Development, U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; and Kim Fortunato, Director, Community Affairs; President, Campbell Soup Foundation Get Healthy Camden is one of the nine winners from around the country of the General Electric (GE) HealthyCities Leadership Academy Open Innovation Challenge. Get Healthy Camden receives an initial award of $25,000 to help develop population health improvements through partnerships with public and private entities. Representatives from Get Healthy Camden’s partner organizations also are participating in GE’s HealthyCities Leadership Academy. The Academy is a year-long learning collaborative designed to mentor and support leaders in their communities as they develop and support new strategies to tackle population health challenges. The Academy kicked off with a two-day, in-person workshop at GE’s Global Leadership Institute in Crotonville, New […]

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Obesity Dips Among Poor Children in New Jersey

January 5, 2017

Originally posted on NJSpotlight.com by Lilo H. Stainton Too many are still overweight, and experts say programs encouraging healthier diet and more exercise must be maintained New Jersey’s multi-pronged efforts to reduce worrisome childhood obesity rates may be starting to pay off, a new federal report suggests. But too many low-income youngsters remain at a dangerously high weight, and comprehensive wellness programs must be sustained to ensure long-term benefits to the state’s population, experts agreed. It could take many years before these programs reach all those in need. In recent years, Garden State officials have joined forces with healthcare providers and community organizations to promote a wide range of health and wellness initiatives designed to increase physical activity, encourage healthy eating, and reduce the prevalence of obesity-related chronic health conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Among other things, they have promoted breastfeeding, which greatly reduces the likelihood of obesity later […]

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Thanks for Making Building A Culture of Health in New Jersey Conference A Success! See You Next Year!

December 9, 2016

The New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids (NJPHK) co-hosted the Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey: Advancing the Population Health Agenda Conference on Wednesday, November 30th at the Pines Manor in Edison, N.J. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 63% of adults and nearly one in four children ages 10-17 in New Jersey are overweight or obese placing them at increased risk health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. — chronic illnesses that were in the past associated with adults instead of children. Anderson Kicks Off Conference NJPHK’s Deputy Director Dr. Darrin Anderson kicked off the event attended by more than 400 public health professionals, social workers, educators, dieticians, and community leaders from across the state. This year’s conference had the largest attendance ever! Bronzan Shares RWJF Greetings Nicole Collins Bronzan, Communications Officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided […]

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Hamilton boy receives award

December 6, 2016

Originally posted on NJ.com By Community Bulletin HAMILTON — New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids (NJPHK), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, presented its “Heathy Kids Champion” award to 10-year-old Hamilton resident Joshua Pantoja, Jr. during the Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey: Advancing the Population Agenda Conference on November 30 at the Pines Manor in Edison. The Healthy Kids Champion award is presented to outstanding leaders for their commitment and contributions in New Jersey. As the youngest recipient, the award acknowledges Pantoja’s commitment to helping his family and friends make healthier choices. Last year, Pantoja attended NJPHK’s Healthy Family Weekend Retreat at the YMCA Frost Valley where he participated in healthy cooking classes. The cooking class inspired Pantoja to help his family and friends make healthier choices, as well as served as the catalyst for him to become a contestant on the Food Network’s Chopped Junior program. […]

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Conference eyes policies, opportunities to advance healthy living in NJ

December 5, 2016

Originally posted on myCentralJersey.com Staff Report, @MyCentralJersey The New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids (NJPHK), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, co-hosted the Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey: Advancing the Population Health Agenda Conference on Nov. 30 at the Pines Manor in Edison. More than 400 public health professionals, social workers, educators, dieticians, and community leaders from across the state learned how communities can create policy and environmental changes that can surround children and families with opportunities to make healthy choices, according to a news release. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 63 percent of adults and nearly one in four children ages 10 to 17 in New Jersey are overweight or obese. This leads to a plethora of health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol — chronic illnesses that were in the past associated with adults instead of children. READ: Home News Tribune Needy Cases […]

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NJPHK’s Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey: Advancing the Population Health Agenda Conference deemed success

December 2, 2016

Originally posted on NJ.com By Community Bulletin  on December 02, 2016 at 12:07 PM, updated December 02, 2016 at 12:15 PM TRENTON — The New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids (NJPHK), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, co-hosted the Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey: Advancing the Population Health Agenda Conference on Wednesday, November 30 at the Pines Manor in Edison. More than 400 public health professionals, social workers, educators, dieticians, and community leaders from across the state came together to learn how communities can create policy and environmental changes that can surround children and families with opportunities to make healthy choices. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 63% of adults and nearly one in four children ages 10-17 in New Jersey are overweight or obese. This leads to a plethora of health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol–chronic illnesses that were […]

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