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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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10 Easy Ways to Help Schools Create Healthier Environments

September 5, 2017

With millions of children heading back to school, a healthy environment is essential to a successful school year. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average New Jersey student spends more than six hours a day in school. The healthiest school environments require consistent effort and partnerships with educators, parents, school staff, and community members. The CDC determined that school health programs have positive effects on educational outcomes, health-risk behaviors, and general health outcomes on students – meaning good students are physically and mentally healthy. Here are ten ways to help students have a healthy and productive year in the classroom: Join the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) – Active parent/teacher organizations open the lines of communication and advocate for students. Suggest ways to improve healthy habits at school and in after school programs (think family gym nights or family game nights). Everyone will benefit! Review and update the […]

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Principal Bittner Gets A+ for School Wellness Efforts

September 5, 2017

Carla Bittner, Principal of National Park School, knows that healthy bodies create healthy minds. Over the years, National Park School has become the poster child for making sure students are safe, physically active and fed well so that they can focus on their education. The tiny town of National Park, NJ is approximately one square mile and is surrounded by West Deptford, NJ. The school has 275 students ranging from pre-K to sixth grade. The Road to School Wellness For the past three years, National Park School has received a New Jersey Healthy Communities Network (NJHCN) grant totaling $10,000 per year to implement various school wellness initiatives. “Carla and her team have been very innovative and among the best in implementing healthy sustainable strategies, said Valeria Galarza, senior project manager, Coopers Ferry Partnership and NJHCN Coach. However, their quest to create a healthy school environment started a few years before […]

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Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market Hosts Former Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs

September 5, 2017

New Jersey native and former Olympic athlete Joetta Clark Diggs made a special appearance at Trenton’s Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market on Monday, August 28, 2017. The four-time Olympic competitor led an exercise routine and a water balloon toss at 1:00 pm to kick off the free community event. “It was exciting to have Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs join us for the afternoon to lead activities for the community during Water Fest,” said Chelsea Jackson, Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market manager. Clark Diggs is a four-time Olympic runner and founder of the Joetta Clark Diggs Sports Foundation. She also serves as a spokesperson for the Mayors Wellness Campaign, a program of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute. Clark Diggs had a successful 24-year career as a competitive 800-meter and 1500-meter runner, winning many collegiate, national, and world championships. Along with her decorated running career, Clark Diggs is a physical health and […]

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Inaugural “I Bike Camden” Event Puts the City and its Premier Cycling Trails in the Spotlight

September 5, 2017

More than 50 cyclists and biking enthusiasts gathered in Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park in Camden on August 12, 2017, to participate in the inaugural “I Bike Camden” – a fun, family-friendly bicycle ride and community event showcasing the beauty of the City and its growing network of biking trails. “This unique event showcases the beauty of our city from an entirely new perspective – the seat of a bicycle,” said Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd. “Camden’s beautiful bike trails attract cyclists from all over the region – we are proud these trails can be used to explore and discover, while also encouraging people of all ages to get up and enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle.” The community event kicked off with an easygoing, social 10-mile ride (see map attached) around Camden along the city’s Circuit Trails – Greater Philadelphia’s Regional Trail network and one of America’s largest trails networks that […]

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National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 5, 2017

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The good news is that the designation brings attention to the fact that childhood obesity can be prevented. In New Jersey, 31 percent of children are either overweight or obese, placing them at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other serious health conditions. Reversing the childhood obesity epidemic is a critical strategy for protecting the viability of our health care system. Among experts, there’s universal agreement that health care should focus more on prevention—not just treatment—and obesity prevention is one of the best investments we can make. New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids (NJPHK) is working with partners across New Jersey to implement environment and policy changes that support access to affordable healthy foods and increase opportunities for physical activities that help children achieve a healthy weight. Since 2009, NJPHK has expanded its impact to improve the health and well-being […]

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Join the Fun at ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® on September 23

September 5, 2017

Live Healthy Vineland is pairing up with the Metropolitan Multicultural Center to hold a one-day fun and fitness event with great activities planned for all to enjoy. ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® is the nation’s premier annual family physical activity and healthy lifestyle event for people of all ages and all sizes. This free event will be held at Landis Park, 600 E. Park Avenue in Vineland, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 23—rain or shine. ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® promotes Hispanic family physical activity and healthy lifestyles for all. It will feature fun and excitement for the whole family, including sports clinics, and other exercise activities such as volleyball, yoga, Zumba; free health screenings and health education; talent shows; prize drawings; healthy snacks, and a farm market where visitors can purchase fresh produce. Food, music, live entertainment, and giveaways will be […]

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Absence of Recess a Setback for New Jersey Children

All children deserve to be educated about the importance of nutrition and being physically active. In January 2016, Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would require a mandatory 20-minute recess during the school day. Dr. Darrin Anderson, state deputy director for the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids and associate executive director for the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance, penned this op-ed about the importance of physical activity and how recess aids in shaping a culture of health for students during the school day. —————————————————————————————- Darrin Anderson, Sr., PhD, MS State Deputy Director, New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids The absence of recess in New Jersey public schools is a disfavor to elementary school children and a major setback in promoting a healthy weight among children. Childhood obesity in our country has more than tripled in the past 30 years. Today, nearly one in four children ages 10-17 in […]

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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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