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First Atlantic County food summit draws state, local experts

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

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

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

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

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

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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