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NJPHK Among First to Receive Award

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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NJPHK Spotlight: Dr. Denise Rodgers

August 2, 2017

Dr. Denise Rodgers believes that “zip code is more important than genetic code” when it comes to individuals’ health outcomes. Since graduating from medical school, Rodgers has been immersed in the health of people who live in the overlooked and underserved zip codes within a city. In a career that combines community health and academia, she has attended patients and taught student health professionals in the Bronx Borough of New York City, in San Francisco, in New Brunswick and most recently in Newark. Her credo is to always serve the best interest of the patient. This guidance came from her mentor, Dr. Marilyn Gaston, the second African American woman to achieve the position of Assistant Surgeon General and rank of Rear Admiral in the US Public Health Service. “Marilyn advised that if I make a decision that is in each patient’s best interest, 90 percent of the time it will […]


NJTV Spotlights Trenton’s Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market

July 31, 2017

  Trenton’s Greenwood Ave. Farmer’s Market has made its mark on the community and the statewide media. The unique market was recently featured in a special NJTV broadcast, “In Your Neighborhood-Trenton,” a state-wide special broadcast that spotlights issues and efforts that impact communities across the state of New Jersey. The June edition focused on the city of Trenton. On June 19, Lauren Wanko, NJTV news correspondent came to the market and interviewed several customers and staff about the importance of healthy foods and the impact of the market on the community. The resulting four-minute segment provided viewers a detailed look at all the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market offers to visitors and the local community including: fresh fruits and vegetables, free health screenings, cooking demonstrations, free summer meals for kids, and family activities.   On Thursday, June 29, NJTV hosted a live broadcast of the In Your Neighborhood: Trenton in the Yankee […]


USDA Summer Meal Program Returns for Summer

July 31, 2017

The Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market continues to be the only farmers market in New Jersey to offer free USDA summer meals to children. The summer dinner program officially kicked off on Monday, July 10 and will run through August 28. The program provides free, healthy meals to Trenton kids ages 18 and under and will continue every Monday from 3:30 pm-5:30 pm during the summer months. According to the USDA, nearly 1 in six children in American lived in a household characterized by food insecurity in 2015. In New Jersey, 13.1 of children live in food-insecure households. The summer food service program aims to serve over 200 million meals this summer, helping to combat hunger when school is not in session. “We’re excited to offer free and healthy summer meals to kids for the second year in a row. Last year, the program served nearly 700 meals to kids through […]


National Farmers Market Week is August 6-12

July 31, 2017

The healthiest snacks are grown naturally, and farmers markets are great places to find affordable and healthy produce. This year, National Farmers Market Week is August 6 – 12, 2017. Markets like the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market in Trenton, New Brunswick Farmers Markets and the mobile farmers market in Camden are great places to get fresh produce and even recipes for snacks and smoothies. Be sure to check out your local market to pick up fresh fruits and veggies.   SaveSave SaveSave SHARE:


Trenton’s Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market Encourages Water Conservation and Hydration at Water Fest

July 31, 2017

  ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] photos by Vintage Dope Photography Residents of the Trenton community learned the importance of water conservation and hydration during the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market’s Water Fest on Monday, July 31. During the event, children participated in educational activities at water-themed stations around the market and even play on a 22-ft. water slide. “We want the community to understand the importance of getting enough to drink whether they are playing sports, traveling, or just sitting in the sun,” said Chelsea Jackson, Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market manager. Activities include various water-themed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) exhibits, a sand art creation booth, and games that include fishing for prizes. Residents will also learn facts about the Delaware River, and the dangers of water pollution.    SHARE:


Vineland’s Strong Mothers for Strong Families Featured at Upcoming APHA Conference

July 31, 2017

Vineland has one of the highest rates of chronic health diseases in the state.  While preschools have served as a great avenue for health intervention in the community, delivering health promotion information directly to preschool parents has proved challenging. So, the Live Healthy Vineland team decided to take an unconventional approach and leverage pre school family workers as a conduit to families. “The preschool family workers already had direct access to the parents and caregivers on a regular basis and were better able to support their needs,” said Alysia Mastrangelo, PT, Ph.D., and Professor at Stockton University.  “We just needed to equip them with the appropriate health education resources.”  The Strong Mothers for Strong Families (Madres Fuertes para Familias Fuertes) project officially kicked off its new effort during the summer of 2016 with focus groups that included preschool family workers, teachers, school nurses and other staff members. The innovative program provided training for frontline preschool staff on topics such as nutrition, physical activity, tobacco cessation and chronic disease prevention for children, parents, and caregivers. “We knew to be successful we had to expand our support to include more services related to basic needs and chronic disease prevention,” said Betsy Erbaugh, Ph.D., lead researcher for Strong Moms for Strong Families and Assistant Professor at Stockton.     Through the preschool family workers, hundreds […]

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5 Snacks You’ve Been Tricked into Thinking are Healthy

Let’s face it – we’re a nation on the go! Quick, easy, and healthy snacks are the ideal choice for people of all ages, but it isn’t always easy to tell which is best to munch on. In fact,  the Huffington Post reported that Americans spent $374 billion on snacks like chips, protein bars and pretzels in 2014. Unfortunately, Large amounts of salt, sugar, and fat can be found in many of the snacks in grocery aisles. Parents try to keep pantries stocked with healthy snacks aside from fresh fruits and vegetables, but sometimes get duped by snacks with misleading healthy labels. Here are five snacks you may think are healthy and nutritious, but are not: Granola bars – Most cereal bars contain whole grains and fruit as ingredients, but a large amount of added sugar and trans fats make these snacks an unhealthy choice. Try some of these recipes […]

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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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