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Trenton Schools Serve Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

July 6, 2017

During the 2016-2017 school year, 14 Trenton elementary schools participated in The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, a federally assisted program providing free fresh fruits and vegetables to students during the school day, outside of their regular meal. “Providing fresh fruits and vegetables is one way to improve children’s overall diet and create healthier eating habits, which will benefit their present and future health,” said Denise Holguin, Director of Meal Program Growth for Aramark, the food service provider for Trenton schools. The program helps schools create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices; expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience; and increasing children’s fruit and vegetable consumption. The program exposed school children to different types of produce like starfruit, mango and organic colorful carrots, in addition to more familiar apples, oranges and tomatoes. Some teachers developed lessons around the produce, for example, asking children to measure the […]

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Vineland Residents Hop into Summer Fun

July 5, 2017

Saturday, June 3rd launched the start of Vineland’s Spring Park Hop 2017. The event, sponsored by Vineland Health Department and the Vineland YMCA “Live Healthy Vineland,” kicked-off a month of physical activities for all ages held throughout Vineland through June 29. Activities included big ball kickball, yoga, body conditioning, dance cardio and more. Park Hop is a great opportunity for residents to come out and enjoy time together with their families while learning new ways to exercise together.   SHARE:

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L.A. Parker: Summer Solstice reminds us to take advantage of the positive sides of Trenton

July 5, 2017

Originally posted on The Trentonian By L.A. Parker, The Trentonian Carol Burnett ended her television show with this theme tune. “I’m so glad we had this time together,/ Just to have a laugh, or sing a song./ Seems we just get started and before you know it/ Comes the time we have to say, “So long.” Well, say goodbye to summer and start searching for those back-to-school sales, placemat settings for Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas gifts. The summer solstice, aka “the longest day of sunlight” offered for the year, arrives Wednesday as we start the countdown of 2017. Actually, Tuesday delivers the longest day as the sun rises at 5:29 a.m. and sets at 8:31 p.m. for a grand total of 15 hours, two minutes and two seconds of light time. As local high school seniors take their march of pomp and circumstance, it’s already time to start thinking about […]

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Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market to reopen on Monday

July 5, 2017

Originally posted on mercerspace.com June 7, 2017 The Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market will reopen for its third season on Monday, offering Trenton-area residents healthy food options and health screenings throughout the summer. The market—located at 427 Greenwood Avenue, behind the Trenton Transit Center—will be open every Monday through Oct. 23 from 1 to 6 p.m. with the exception of holidays. The market will feature “Jersey Fresh” fruits and vegetables, tropical fruits, meat, eggs and bakery items. For the first time this year, the market will also offer seafood products, fruit smoothies and ready-to-eat meals from local food trucks. Matching dollars will be provided for residents using SNAP, WIC and SFMNP vouchers. Health screenings, nutrition education, cooking demonstrations and live music will also be included in the weekly activities. “We are excited to bring locally grown produce and health-related resources to our Trenton families for our third season,” Marissa Davis, project director for New […]

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Local organizations are “health heroes”

July 5, 2017

Originally posted on TheDailyJournal.com June 8, 2017 LAWRENCEVILLE – The Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA and the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Vineland were among the winners of the New Jersey Department of Health’s first Population Health Heroes Awards, which were presented at the 2017 Population Health Summit at Rider University. Awards were presented by members of the Population Health Action Team, which includes Cabinet officials of the Departments of Agriculture, Children and Families, Community Affairs, Environmental Protection, Health, Human Services and Transportation. “The goal of these awards is to recognize and showcase the work of an individual, group, business, municipality, county, faith-based or other community organization that have successfully implemented a program or intervention that has made a measurable difference in health outcomes for New Jersey residents,” said Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett.  More Neighbors News: Vineland Rotary Awards $21,000 in scholarships CCAYMCA and NJPHK-Vineland received the Multistakeholder Collaboration Award along […]

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Heartbeats: NJ Partnership for Healthy Kids receives award

July 5, 2017

Originally posted on myCentralJersey.com By Brad Wadlow June 26, 2017 The New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids (NJPHK), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was recently presented with one of the first Department of Health Population Hero Award in the category of Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration. Presented on June 7 during the Department of Health’s annual Population Health Summit at Rider University attended by more than 350 public health professionals, the award acknowledges NJPHK’s leadership and collaboration in improving health through leadership and innovation.  Over the past five years, NJPHK and its community partners have made significant strides in implementing more than 200 environmental and policy changes to increase access to physical activity and healthy eating. Visit www.njhealthykids.org. For more information about the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, visit www.rwjf.org/nj.   SHARE:

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Nearly 250 Attend Opening Day At Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market

July 5, 2017

  The Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market officially opened on Monday, June 12 for its third season as the safe and inviting community gathering place for residents to have access to healthy, affordable food options, health screenings, and summer fun.  The high heat index didn’t stop almost 250 residents and commuters from enjoying the market’s opening day which included health screenings, games, healthy tasting demonstrations, music by Miss Sue Miss Sue, and more. New vendors Juicin’ with Judy, Capital City Farm, and Local 130 Seafood also were a big hit among customers. A new video highlighting the benefits of the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market and how it has contributed to creating a culture of health since its inception in 2015 was recently released.  The video features customer, vendor and staff testimonials about the market’s positive influence on the Trenton community. The market will be open every Monday through October and plans […]

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Visit a Park this July and Get Your Play On

July 5, 2017

Summer is finally here, and it’s the perfect time of year to get outside and explore new places with friends and family. July is National Park and Recreation Month, and New Jersey’s national and state park system has a summer calendar that is packed with activities and events for all ages. National Park and Recreation Month is an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association to encourage people to visit, appreciate, and experience local, state, and national parks. New Jersey is home to over 60 beautiful parks and forests. These parks are open to the public for most of the year. Each park has a plethora of family-friendly activities like: Nature Trails (Cape May Point State Park and Ringwood State Park) Historic Reenactments and Landmarks (Morristown National Historical Park, Washington Crossing State Park, and Monmouth Battlefield State Park) Lighthouses (Absecon Lighthouse House Historic Site) Astronomy Observatories (Voorhees State Park). […]

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A ‘Fruit Cake’ Could Be the New Trend at the Raritan Valley YMCA

July 5, 2017

Birthday cakes are being traded in for a healthier option for the Raritan Valley YMCA. On Thursday, June 8, parents of two-year-old Sonika brought in a cake made entirely of fruit to celebrate her birthday. Since adopting the Healthy U program, an updated policy about birthday treats was issued for the Raritan Valley YMCA’s on-site childcare center and includes the following statement: “Birthdays are an important milestone in a young child’s life, and we like to celebrate them. As a promoter of the Healthy U program, we would like our parents to choose healthy options to celebrate birthdays, for example instead of cupcakes, bring in special fruits your child likes to share.” The Healthy U initiative promotes healthy changes by providing nutrition education and implementing behavioral changes in preschoolers. “We’re very optimistic that healthy changes like this will help shape the culture of health here at the YMCA,” said executive […]

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New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids Among First to Receive Department of Health Population Hero Award

July 5, 2017

Award recognizes leadership and commitment in creating changes that surround families with opportunities to make healthy choices The New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids (NJPHK) was recently presented with one of the first Department of Health Population Hero Award in the category of Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration. Presented on June 7th during the Department of Health’s annual Population Health Summit at Rider University attended by more than 350 public health professionals, the award acknowledges NJPHK’s leadership and collaboration in improving health through leadership and innovation. “Shifting the healthcare system’s focus to wellness and collaborating with communities to build healthier environments that promote wellness are cornerstones of the Department’s work,” said Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett. “Inspiring initiatives to improve Population Health are ongoing in every region of our state, and it’s important that we shine a spotlight on this incredible work not only to honor our awardees but to encourage others.” “NJPHK […]

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