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

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

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Percent of children in New Jersey are considered overweight or obese


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

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NJPHK Participates in Believe in a Healthy Newark Conference

October 2, 2017

The first Believe in a Healthy Newark Conference was held on Thursday, September 28, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. “The conference was designed to help the larger community become aware of and involved in building a culture of health in Newark,” said Dr. Denise Rodgers, Believe in a Healthy Newark grant recipient and Vice Chancellor, Interprofessional Development, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. About 400 participants representing community-based organizations, business, academia, health care institutions and the school system attended the event. NJPHK’s Dr. Darrin Anderson moderated a panel discussion on how to collectively make an impact in the community. Panelists included Marissa Davis, Live Healthy Trenton, Valeria Galarza, Get Healthy Camden and Lisa Sheetz, Live Healthy Vineland. The session focused on cross-sector collaboration to address specific social and complex community problems. The panel also highlighted local collective impacts as well as […]


Registration Is Open for Annual Building a Culture of Health in NJ Conference Slated for November 29

October 2, 2017

Former Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs and social media star Doctor Mike to attend conference More than 400 public health professionals, educators, dieticians, and community leaders from across the state are expected to attend the 2017 Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey conference on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 in Edison, NJ. This year’s theme, ‘A Systems Approach to Promoting Population Health,’ will teach participants how to leverage and exchange best practices, research findings, and lessons learned in Building a Culture of Health. “A healthy New Jersey starts with creating healthy, equitable communities that are embedded in public policies that ensure access for our most vulnerable population,” said Dr. Darrin Anderson, Deputy Director, New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids. “This conference is considered a learning lab for communities to create community change and improve health outcomes.” This year, the conference features two dynamic speakers – four-time Olympic runner and New […]


NJPHK-Trenton’s Marissa Davis Appointed to Mercer County Parks Commission

October 2, 2017

Marissa Davis, project director for NJPHK-Trenton, was recently appointed to the Mercer County Park Commission board. Started in 1958, the Mercer County Park Commission was established to acquire land for recreational facilities throughout Mercer County to meet the need of the growing population. Davis is one of nine commissioners who is charged with promoting and encouraging outdoor recreation, as well as keeping the parks clean and accessible for all residents. “I’m honored to serve with a group of people that work diligently to improve the culture of health for Mercer County residents. We understand the need for family-friendly parks in our community,” said Davis. Today, Mercer County has nine parks where thousands of residents enjoy the outdoors each year. The Mercer County Parks Commission holds public meetings the last Wednesday of the month where residents are encouraged to attend to provide feedback and offer suggestions for improvement.   SHARE:


Trenton’s Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market Promotes Bike Education and Safety with Bike Fest

October 2, 2017

  Bike safety, bike courses, and free helmets were all on the menu for local kids during the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market Bike Fest on Monday, September 25, from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Co-sponsored by the Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association (GMTMA), Bike Fest is an annual free community-wide event where kids learned bike safety tips and techniques, as well as demonstrated their bicycle handling skills on a four-station bike course. Last year, nearly 100 local children participated in the event. According to a study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, only 42% of children ages 5-17 wear helmets while riding a bicycle. “Learning about bike safety at a young age is important in reducing the overall injury rate,” said Marissa Davis, project director for New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Trenton. “Bike riding is fun, but we want our children to be educated and practice safe riding […]


Camden Turns Up the Fun at Third Annual Camden Jam: Arts & Music Festival

October 2, 2017

On Saturday, September 9, Roosevelt Plaza Park was transformed into a music, arts and cultural hub. The City of Camden, Mayor Dana L. Redd and the Connect the Lots Initiative, with the support of Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, hosted the third annual Camden Jam: Arts and Music Festival. The free event featured continuous live music, arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities, sustainability demonstrations, food trucks and more. This year’s festival was held from 2 pm to 8 p.m. in Roosevelt Plaza Park at Camden City Hall. Camden Jam is the final event of the 2017 Connect the Lots season of special programming. “Camden Jam is only one of many Connect the Lots events and programming that bring Camden youth and families together to experience cultural arts right in their own backyard,” explained Anthony Perno, Chief Executive Officer of Cooper’s Ferry Partnership. “I have seen this event develop and grow from the […]


National School Lunch Week is October 9-13, 2017

October 2, 2017

Healthy lunches don’t have to be boring or redundant! National School Lunch Week (NSLW) is October 9-13, 2017 and this year’s theme is: ‘School Lunch: Recipes for Success’, making it the perfect time for parents to revamp the art of packing lunches. NSLW was created in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy to celebrate the successes of the National School Lunch Program. Here are three easy tips for making lunchtime fun and healthy: Smaller portions and more options – The term ‘bento’ is the Japanese word for a meal in a box with compartments. Utilizing a bento box for lunch time is a great way to keep portion sizes in check while allowing for a variety of foods to eat during meals. Not sure where to start? Here are 20 creative ideas that will inspire you. Avoid white bread – White bread has little nutritional value and eating it often […]

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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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