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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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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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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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‘Pokemon Go’ walk helps keep Vinelanders healthy

September 29, 2016

Originally posted on The Daily Journal By djneighbors@thedailyjournal.com VINELAND – More than 200 Pokemon enthusiasts turned out in downtown Vineland on Aug. 26 for a “Pokemon Go” 3K Walk, part of the monthly Fourth Friday “Fitness and Film” initiative. The initiative is a partnership between Main Street Vineland and the Vineland Health Department’s “Live Healthy Vineland” program. The walk started and ended at the minipark on the southwest corner of Landis Avenue and the Boulevard, and was followed by a free showing of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The next Fourth Friday event will be held Sept. 23. It will include a fitness program followed by a free showing of the movie “Angry Birds.” For event information, call (856) 794-8653 or visit www.mainstreetvineland.org. SHARE:

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Camden Jam celebrates culture and community

September 29, 2016

Originally posted on Courier Post 8:59 p.m. EDT September 19, 2015 By Shannon Eblen, @ShannonEblen This summer, Camden residents had the opportunity to enjoy outdoor yoga classes, drive-in movies, concerts and a youth musical workshop. “When you think about Camden, you don’t think of those sort of activities,” said Anthony Perno, CEO of Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, an organization devoted to revitalizing Camden. “Those are things we take for granted in the suburbs.” Those activities were the result of a push from the City of Camden and the Cooper’s Ferry Partnership to highlight culture, create a sense of pride in the city and get people out in public spaces. Through a grant, they created Connect the Lots, an initiative that asks residents what programs they want to see in the community, whether it is exercise classes or concerts, and then makes it happen. To cap a successful summer of activities, the city will celebrate […]

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In Same County, Babies Face 14-Year Gap In Life Expectancy (Map)

July 20, 2016

Originally posted on NJ.com By Cristina Rojas | For NJ.com  Email the author | Follow on Twitter  on July 19, 2016 TRENTON — In Trenton’s South Ward, the average resident lives until 73. But in West Windsor, about 12 miles away, residents could expect to live up to 14 years longer, according to a new study released Tuesday. Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released life expectancy calculations for Mercer County as part of a larger series whose aim is to raise public awareness and spur action. “You can see pretty stark differences in life expectancy even in places that are relatively close to one another,” said Matthew Trujillo, a research associate with RWJF. The study notes that a complex web of factors impact the disparities that exist, including poverty, environmental factors and access to education, jobs, affordable housing, nutritious food, places for physical activity, health care and social services. “I think what […]

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Novo Nordisk to fund child health initiative in Trenton

July 20, 2016

Originally posted on NJ.com By Thomas Regan | For NJ.com  Follow on Twitter  on July 01, 2016 TRENTON — Pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk will fund an initiative to improve the health of Trenton’s children and families, officials said. The program, called the Community Health Collaborative, will be coordinated by the Trenton Health Team and will look to educate parents and promote physical activity and healthy food choices for grade school children. “My administration has been working diligently with community partners to incorporate health considerations in all of our policies and planning efforts,” said Mayor Eric Jackson. “We look forward to a powerful collaboration aimed at building the long-term health of our community.” The Novo Nordisk funding will support programs designed to empower parents and caregivers, provide healthy food choices in schools, improve access to healthy, affordable foods, and increase physical activity. These programs will take the form of dramatic presentations, school gardening, cooking demonstrations, taste tests, […]

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Newark officials encouraging residents to experience the outdoors

June 21, 2016

Originally posted on FIOS1 Kicking off a local version of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move! Outside” campaign Mayor Ras Baraka helped kick off Newark’s version of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move! Outside” campaign, which includes projects and initiatives at parks nationwide. The goal is to fight childhood obesity and prepare young people to be stewards of the environment. SHARE:

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