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200+ Environmental Policy Changes Impacting Over 45 Municipalities

Promoting Active Living Through Bicycle Lanes

65+ Families Have Attended Our Ongoing Healthy Living Retreat

200+ Corner Stores Enrolled in the NJ Healthy Corner Store Initiative

Building Community Playgrounds

Sponsoring Healthy Farmers Markets

Developing School Wellness Policies

400+ Attending the Annual Culture of Health Conference

Implementing Environment and Policy Changes to Help Children Achieve a Healthy Weight


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Community Health Collaborative Focuses on Improving Healthy Behaviors

November 7, 2017

November is American Diabetes Month. According to Healthline.com, more than 1.4 million cases of diabetes are being diagnosed annually and about 95% of those cases are type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association reports that more than 12% of the New Jersey population is diabetic and a 2012 Community Health Assessment reported that nearly 10% of Mercer County residents have been diagnosed with diabetes. While still less common than adults, the number of children currently being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is increasing nationwide due to poor eating habits and obesity.  The Community Health Collaborative (CHC) is a program created by Novo Nordisk to improve healthy behaviors in children grades 2-4 in selected Trenton schools by expanding opportunities to access healthy food and increase physical activity. “Since its founding in 2015, the Community Health Collaborative has made important progress in enhancing the culture of health around young people in Trenton,” […]

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30 NJ Health Experts Slated to Speak at Annual Culture of Health Conference on November 29

November 7, 2017

Over 400 public health professionals, educators, and community leaders will hear from 30 population health experts at the Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey conference on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 in Edison, NJ. This year’s theme is ‘A Systems Approach to Promoting Population Health.’ Participants will learn about various public health topics, as well as how to leverage and exchange best practices and research findings in Building a Culture of Health. Meet Our Featured Speakers The daylong conference will feature two dynamic keynote speakers – four-time Olympic runner and New Jersey native Joetta Clark Diggs and social media entrepreneur Dr. Mikhail (Mike) Varshavski D.O. Clark Diggs is a four-time Olympian, Motivational Extraordinaire and NJ Hall of Fame Inductee. She is also the founder of the Joetta Clark Diggs Sports Foundation. Clark Diggs had a successful 24-year career as a competitive 800-meter and 1500-meter runner, winning many collegiate, national, […]

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Raritan Valley YMCA Celebrates a Healthy Halloween

November 7, 2017

The Raritan Valley YMCA’s Healthy U program got families in a festive mood on Tuesday, October 31 with their Healthy Halloween event. The day-long event featured a “Trunk or Trails” that encouraged physical activity among the children. During the day, child care classes hosted individual Halloween parties that featured themed games, activities, and even healthy ‘fruit snacks,’ consisting of a variety of different fruit skewers. “Halloween can be presented without so many sugar sweet drinks and snacks,” said Preeti Srivastava, senior director for the Raritan Valley YMCA.  “A little creativity goes a long way to keep children healthier and active.” Parents were notified prior to the celebration, asking them to choose more nutritional snack items to place in trick or treat bags. While the children trick or treated through the YMCA parking lot, they were asked to do a trick (perform a simple exercise) in exchange for a healthy treat.   SHARE:

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Heart Smarts Helps Community Eat Fresh, Feel Good

November 7, 2017

The Lucky Star Deli on Tyler Street in Trenton is an oasis in a true food desert. Recognizing the importance of offering healthy choices to her customers, store owner Alexsa Zayas was an early and enthusiastic participant in Trenton’s Corner Store Initiative. Zayas once had weight issues of her own so she recognized the importance of bringing wholesome food to the neighborhood. Moreover, Zayas appreciated the education that comes along with being a healthy corner store. “There’s a general lack of knowledge about healthy food, so the education customers receive is very important,” Zayas said. Lucky Star Deli enrolled in the Trenton Healthy Corner Store Network at the start of the initiative in 2014. This year, when The Food Trust expanded the Healthy Corner Store Network with support from Novo Nordisk and introduced Heart Smarts and Health Screenings in Trenton, Lucky Star was chosen as one of four Heart Smarts […]

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Galarza Appointed to Executive Council of BPAC

November 7, 2017

Valeria Galarza, Senior Program Manager for Get Healthy Camden has been appointed to the Executive Council of the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC).  The Executive Council makes cycling and walking safer and more convenient for all New Jersey residents.  BPAC’s mission is to advise the New Jersey Department of Transportation on policies, programs, projects, and research priorities to advance cycling and walking as safe and viable forms of transportation and recreation throughout the State for users of all ages and abilities. The Council members also advise other state and regional agencies on priorities to advance cycling and walking in New Jersey.  “I’m very excited to represent Camden on the BPAC,” said Galarza.  “Improving the built environment by making cycling and walking safer for all residents continues to be a priority.”  BPAC is composed of approximately 15 voting members, representing various federal, state, and regional agencies, advocates, and […]

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Trenton’s Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market Wraps Up Successful Third Season with Annual Harvest Fest

November 7, 2017

  The Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market wrapped up another successful season with their third annual Harvest Fest on Monday October 23, 2017. Open to all ages, Harvest Fest featured fall-themed food tastings, giveaways, games, and activities. Safe trick-or-treating and healthy tips for Halloween were shared with parents. Market-goers also enjoyed a Halloween mask decorating and temporary vegetable tattoos courtesy of Harvest Tattoos. Volunteers from TCNJ were on site to help with activities including pumpkin putt-putt, an apple basket toss, pumpkin painting, and the chance to guess the weight of a large pumpkin. Each child had the opportunity to collect stamps in a passport and win prizes as they visited each Harvest Fest booth. Kitchen aprons, fall-centric recipes, and cases of canned water were free to customers who made a purchase at the market. “Our residents see the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market as a local hub for health and fun, making […]

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FDA Continued Delay of Menu Labeling Rule Proves Unhealthy for Families

Photo by Djenaba Figueroa School is back in session which means planning healthy lunches and snacks for children to eat during the school day. In 2016, the FDA announced they were planning to release improved nutrition labels to make it easier for consumers to see what’s in the foods they’re purchasing. Unfortunately, there was a delay in production of these easy-to-read labels. Susan Jones, registered dietician, and nutritionist at Henry J. Austin Health Center in Trenton, NJ, and member of NJPHK-Trenton, penned this op-ed about just how detrimental a delay in production of these updated labels can be for consumers nationwide.   by Susan Jones, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist at Henry J Austin Health Center Have you ever wondered how many calories are in your favorite fast food burger, breakfast sandwich, pasta entree or order of movie theater popcorn? Calorie information is available on many restaurant and food establishment menus and menu […]

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New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids 2017 Highlight Video

Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice in Camden, Newark, New Brunswick, Trenton, and Vineland.

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