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The YMCA of Vineland Wants Kids to “Charge into Summer” During Annual Healthy Kids Day®

May 1, 2017

Annual event encourages kids to stay active and keep learning all summer long by Cara Morello Director of Administration/Operations, CCAYMCA   On Saturday, April 29, the YMCA of Vineland participated in the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active throughout the summer. Healthy Kids Day is part of the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families.  The event ran from 12:00-2:00 pm at the YMCA of Vineland and featured activities such as local healthy vendors, an inflatable obstacle course, outdoor games, crafts, swimming, music, giveaways, contests, and more to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.  YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at over 1,600 Ys across the country by over 1.2 million participants, works to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits that they continue all summer long.  […]

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Vineland’s Health Forum Discusses Better Health Equity for Residents

May 1, 2017

Cumberland County’s top health experts gathered to hold a public health equity forum during Minority Health Month to focus on disease prevention and general wellness for its residents. According to RWJF’s County Health Rankings, Cumberland County has been ranked last in overall health standings for NJ, and almost half of its residents are African-American or Hispanic.  This forum, themed ‘Bridging Health Equity Across Communities’, was one of three held during the month of April and discussed working together to eliminate health inequality across the state and county. The forum was held on Wednesday, April 12 at Cumberland County College’s Conference Center in Vineland, NJ from 8:30-12:30. Forum attendees heard from NJ Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett who highlighted the workplace wellness and Healthy Corner Store work by Live Healthy Vineland and Live Healthy Cumberland County.  “All of the organizations here work tirelessly to strengthen Cumberland County’s Culture of Health to better […]

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New Brunswick’s Ciclovia Kicks Off Summer with Healthy Activities

May 1, 2017

It’s that time of year again! New Brunswick Tomorrow (NBT) hosted the first Ciclovia of the year on Saturday, April 23. From 11 am to 4 pm, hundreds of New Brunswick residents took to the streets to walk, ride bikes, and play. Originating in Bogotá, Colombia, Ciclovias have become a community event that helps promote healthy living where people are encouraged to get up and get moving. Since 2013, the New Brunswick Ciclovia has had thousands of residents come out and enjoy fun activities with their families and neighbors.  This free event, sponsored by the City of New Brunswick, NBT, Rutgers University and Johnson & Johnson, covered about three miles and included various physical activities for attendees to enjoy. Live music, a water slide, pop-up skate park, and group fitness classes were a few of the fun activities residents participated in.  NBT also announced additional Ciclovia dates planned for this […]

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Y On Wheels Takes Programs and Services to Newark and Surrounding Neighborhoods

May 1, 2017

The YMCA of Newark and Vicinity is hitting the road and offering free programs for residents across five wards via its newly branded Y on Wheels mobile van. The Y on Wheels van made its initial debut on April 29 during a free, YMCA Healthy Kids Day celebration at Military Park in downtown Newark. More than 400 children attended this annual event. The van provides high-quality fitness for children and youth such as basketball, arts & crafts.  The van is also available for local health fairs and block parties.  Working with community associations, schools, and organizations, Y on Wheels is one of the ways the YMCA of Newark is reaching out to address key issues affecting community health.  “Our plan is to bring programs and services to our people,” said Michael Bright, President/CEO YMCA of Newark and Vicinity.  “We have already scheduled 35 events from May through September.”  For more […]

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Congratulations to NJPHK Graduates

May 1, 2017

It’s graduation time, and the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids is proud to celebrate two of its public health students who recently worked with the initiative and are graduating this spring. Congratulations Chinyere Eziegbo and Victoria Buhl! Name Chinyere Ezeigbo School Kaplan University Major and Focus Area Master of Public Health Describe the internship (your role) & any accomplishments Primary: Capacity Building Secondary: Healthy Futures As an NJ Campus Compact Collective Impact VISTA member serving Trenton YMCA and the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids, Chinyere helped implement the following initiatives: A study to inform the improvement of the emergency food system, with a focus on food pantries A city-wide School District Wellness Policy The Greenwood Avenue Farmers Market The Trenton Healthy Food and Fitness Network’s public relations, internal communications, and overall development. During her service year as a VISTA, she participated in tasks that improved the administrative processes […]

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The Importance of Environmental Scans for Children

by Victoria Buhl Stickers, computers, yoga balls… These are just a few of the items staff members have requested when asked: “What would you like to put on your school’s wish list?” I have been working with the NJ Partnership for Healthy Kids to conduct environmental scans in four Trenton elementary schools. My project is part of a much larger initiative entitled the Community Health Collaborative (CHC), funded by Novo Nordisk. The CHC brings together various Trenton-area organizations with the goal of decreasing the risk of type II diabetes in second and third graders from the identified target schools. My role in conducting and compiling the scans will help inform the other grantees of the most immediate needs in the schools.  The environmental scans consisted of 50 questions and assessed each school’s physical activity environment, nutritional environment, built environment, and overall school climate and culture. To conduct the scans, I […]

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