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Plainfield Healthy Community Network to Host Free Tasting Event at Isabelita Market

September 5, 2017

Originally posted on tapinto.net By TAPINTO PLAINFIELD STAFF August 14, 2017 at 10:59 PM   PLAINFIELD, NJ – A free healthy food tasting event will take place at Plainfield’s Isabelita Market this Thursday, Aug. 17th, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm, as a part of the New Jersey Healthy Corner Store Initiative.  This initiative connects corner store owners and neighborhood partners with resources to access fruits, vegetables, and other healthy food options. Fresh fruit, yogurt, and Heart Healthy Coupons will be available at Isabelita Market, located at 341 Park Avenue.  This food event is just one in a series that have taken place around the city.  The  goal of the events is simple:  encourage local residents, especially students, to embrace healthy food options, and to switch from high sugar or salty snacks to fresh fruits and vegetables. In late July, EZ Ride, with assistance from Rutgers SNAP-Ed, hosted an event at […]

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OP-ED: THE GARDEN STATE IS FIGHTING THE STATE OF DIABETES

September 5, 2017

Originally published on NJSpotlight.com DARRIN W. ANDERSON AND BILL LOVETT | AUGUST 8, 2017 Diabetes is not just an individual disease; it has municipal-level ramifications, especially where there are fewer opportunities for active living and healthy food access This past week, the New Jersey state Legislature and Gov. Chris Christie took a giant step to curb the impact of an insidious disease. They approved a law that requires Medicaid coverage for diabetes self-management education, training, services, and equipment for patients diagnosed with diabetes, gestational diabetes, and pre-diabetes. As an organization that is committed to improving the health and wellness of the nation, and addressing health equity, we understand the importance of preventing and managing chronic disease. Therefore, we applaud our state policymakers for making this decision on behalf of the 700,000 people in New Jersey living with diabetes and the more than 235,000 who are at risk of developing the […]

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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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Free Event Kicks Off The Virtua Mobile Farmers Market Serving Thousands Year-Round

June 6, 2017

Originally posted on Virtua.org The panel of cooking “throwdown” judges during the Virtua Mobile Farmers Market event included (from left): Frank Moran, Camden City Council President; Cathleen Bennett, NJ Dept. of Health Commissioner; Carla Norelli, director of culinary operations at Vetri Community Partnership; World B. Free, 76ers legend; and Al Campanella, Virtua’s executive vice president of strategic business growth and analytics. A panel of Camden kids judged five prominent adults in a high-spirited cooking “throwdown” recently in Camden. One of those “chefs” – former 76ers star World B. Free – won the whimsical “Golden Spatula” award for making the judges’ favorite recipe: Watermelon and Tomato Salad.  The Virtua Throwdown for Kids served a deeper purpose: It launched a major public health program – the Virtua Mobile Farmers Market – which will benefit 6,000 South Jersey families in its first year. The goal is to reduce hunger and increase consumption of […]

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New Brunswick Ciclovia Returns for Spring on April 23!

May 1, 2017

Originally posted on thecityofnewbrunswick.org by Jennifer Bradshaw on April 10, 2017 Spring has sprung! Dust off your running shoes, bicycle or skates and join the community for New Brunswick Ciclovia on April 23! New Brunswick Ciclovia is a family-friendly event that emphasizes healthy living and community bonding by making City streets open for all to enjoy. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., more than three miles of roads throughout New Brunswick will become temporarily car-free for five hours on a three-mile route without a beginning or an end. Participants are free to travel in any way they choose, whether it be walking, running, biking, skateboarding or dancing. More than 15 FREE activity stations will be set up along the way, including inflatables, an obstacle course, live music, art activities and games. Group fitness classes including Zumba, Crossfit and yoga will have participants moving together, while the New Brunswick Community Farmers […]

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Cumberland, state officials to hold forum on minority health disparities, equity

May 1, 2017

Originally posted on pressofatlanticcity.com By NICOLE LEONARD Staff Writer VINELAND—Cumberland County and state health officials will hold a public health equity forum Tuesday during National Minority Health Month. Health experts will focus on the theme of Bridging Health Equity Across Communities during this month’s awareness topic. Cumberland’s healthy equity forum is one of three taking place in New Jersey counties that will examine health and wellness and disease prevention. Experts will also discuss how community partners can work together to eliminate health inequality. “Eliminating health disparities and addressing health equity is a key priority in keeping healthy New Jerseyans well, preventing those at risk from getting sick, and keeping those with chronic conditions from getting sicker,” said Commissioner Cathleen Bennett, of the state Department of Health, in a release. Check in, registration and a continental breakfast will start at 8:30 a.m. at Cumberland County College’s Luciano Conference Center, 3322 College Drive, […]

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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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