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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

Why Creating Healthy Communities Matters:


Percent of children in New Jersey are considered overweight or obese


New Jersey ranks in overall prevalence of childhood obesity


Billion: The cost of national childhood obesity health care per year

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Vineland’s Workplace Wellness Initiatives Pay Off for Local Employees

June 9, 2017

Healthy employees make for a happier work environment, and Elwyn of New Jersey understands just how important that balance can be for their employees. Since 2015, Live Healthy Vineland has worked with local organizations such as Elwyn New Jersey to implement healthy workplace strategies. Elwyn is a human service organization serving disabled and disadvantaged individuals. The organization has created a successful program where its employees and individuals are living and working in a culture of health. As part of its healthy workplace initiative, Elwyn’s management and employees observe National Walk to Work Day, host health fairs where employees can learn about community-based health and wellness resources and have established a wellness council to support and encourage healthy living among employees. Christina Belony, a lead technician for the Dorothy Group Home, has been an employee at Elwyn for 17 years. Belony is a major health advocate both at work and home, […]


Anderson Among Speakers at EMLE Conference

June 6, 2017

NJPHK’s Deputy Director Dr. Darrin Anderson served as a speaker at the recent Emerging Multicultural Leadership experience (EMLE) Conference. Held at Rutgers University, Newark on May 20, EMLE is a learning experience designed to provide emerging professional staff of color the opportunity to become further engaged and connected to the Y Movement. Additional speakers included Lucria Ortiz, Senior Director of Fund Development and Communications for the YMCA of Greater New York, Ebony Conely-Young, Executive Director, Long Island City YMCA and Bertram Lawson II, Vice President, Operations, Camp Services & Diversity/Inclusion/Global Engagement, Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA. Workshops included: business etiquette, navigating corporate politics and collaboration strategies.   SHARE:


Trenton Celebrates National Bike Month—Pedal On!

June 6, 2017

If you were out and about in Trenton on May 19, you might have noticed someone intercepting bicyclists to provide unique safety cards in honor of Bike to Work Day. The “someone” was Jay Watson, Vice President of D&R Greenway Land Trust. Each card Watson handed out contained a one dollar bill folded into a directional arrow to get bicyclists riding RIGHT! “I wanted to develop a way to approach riders to change the way they rode their bicycles in the city,” said Watson. “I wanted them to ride safely.” The bicyclist intercepts during Bike to Work Week was the first roll out of the safety cards. Watson’s primary goal is to get everyone riding on the right side of the road. Motorists tend to scan for traffic following the rules for cars, so bicyclists need to be seen in that traffic. Including a dollar bill in the card gave […]


TURN UP THE FUN: Camden’s 2017 Connect the Lots

June 6, 2017

Dates Set for Camden Night Gardens and Camden Jam, New Programming Unveiled On May 9, 2017, Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd and Cooper’s Ferry Partnership Vice President Meishka L. Mitchell unveiled the Connect the Lots program for 2017. A variety of fun outdoor events and programming for the spring and summer months are planned to engage residents and activate vacant, underutilized spaces in neighborhoods throughout the City of Camden. “This year’s line-up of dynamic programming is designed for people of all ages,” explained Mayor Redd. “By offering an array of activities right in the heart of our vibrant neighborhoods, we are hoping to inspire residents to celebrate the rich cultural offerings we have right here in the City while engaging the community and attracting visitors from throughout the region.” “These free family-friendly events will provide safe havens where Camden youth and their families can interact and enjoy their community in […]


Camden Residents Get a New Mobile Farmers Market

June 6, 2017

Get Healthy Camden is teaming up with Virtua Health Systems to provide a mobile farmers market for Camden and Burlington counties’ residents this summer as part of Connect the Lots. Now in its third year, Connect the Lots is a community-driven initiative that utilizes underused and vacant spaces in the city for healthy, fun, and safe activities for residents. Starting on June 29 through September, the Mobile Market will set up shop every Thursday at Roosevelt Plaza Park. Open from 11 am to 1 pm, Camden residents will have access to a fun atmosphere with live music and fresh produce from Whole Foods. “We’re incredibly excited to partner with Virtua in providing residents access to fresh, healthy produce and continue building a culture of health in our city,” said Val Galarza, senior project director for Cooper’s Ferry and Get Healthy Camden. The Mobile Market will sell produce at a reduced […]


Trenton’s Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market opens Monday, June 12th

June 6, 2017

Matching Dollar Incentives, Local Entertainment, and Summer Meals for Kids Planned for Season The Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market will reopen 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. Located at 427 Greenwood Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08609 (behind the Trenton Transit Center), the farmers market will be open every Monday, starting June 12 through October 23, 2017, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm (except holidays). Each week, 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 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 […]

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Recent Blog

Stay Active This Summer!

by Cara Morello Director of Administration/Operations, Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out, and explore. But, for some kids, summer means no access to recreational and educational activities to help them learn, grow, and thrive during out-of-school time. As a result, some kids can experience learning loss and gain weight twice as fast than during the school year (Y USA, 2016). Keeping kids active and engaged over the course of the summer will help combat some of the barriers that arise during the summer season. Being active doesn’t have to be boring or strenuous – contrary to what most believe. There are options for any kid, and any parent, to have fun this summer, instead of being in front of the television or computer. Parents may consider a summer camp program for their child that ensures campers are moving throughout the […]

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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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