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From Corner Store to Vineland Community Hub

September 6, 2019

In what was formerly a true food desert, 25 Vineland corner stores now sell and promote affordable, nutritious food to residents. Live Healthy Vineland introduced the Food Trust’s Healthy Corner Store Initiative in 2011. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded the initiative which is helmed by the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA and the Vineland Health Department in partnership with the American Heart Association. Vineland’s Healthy Corner Stores benefit from consultation with The Food Trust and Live Healthy Vineland. Store owners receive advice on effective ways to display and promote healthy foods, and they can apply to purchase freezers and other equipment when grants become available. Not content to stop with Vineland, Live Healthy Vineland recruited corner stores in the three counties served by the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA. They also included restaurants and food pantries in the network: 12 local pantries now receive fresh produce from Ploch Farms and the […]


YMCA Healthy Kids Day

May 11, 2018

On Saturday, April 21st, the YMCA of Vineland participated along with other Y’s across the country in Healthy Kids Day. This year’s theme was “Awaken Summer Imagination.” Our Y wants to ensure all kids awaken their summer imaginations through healthy eating habits and physical activity. Because when a child is happy, healthy, motivated and excited something amazing is inevitably going to result. As children grow and reach their true potential, they can accomplish great things. Healthy Kids Day encourages youth and families to awaken summer imagination andthis cannot be done without proper nutrition. This year, our Healthy Kids Day event included a community art mural, STEM projects, a 30ft inflatable obstacle course, as well as, an obstacle course including basketball and soccer and swim time for parents and children. Over 25 local “healthy” vendors participated, handing out information and fun giveaways! Two local ShopRite’s participated with their Registered Dietitians and […]


Involvement Is Vital to Stocking Vineland’s Food Pantries

February 12, 2018

Imagine being able to affect the lives of 800 Vineland-area families every week by ensuring that their pipeline to fresh fruits and vegetables can continue and expand. That’s the kind of opportunity that’s available by signing on as an advocate for Vineland’s Farm to Pantry program. Farm to Pantry links local farms and food dispensaries to get fresh food to the people who live in food deserts where fresh food is not easy to come by. The program was designed by the Vineland Health Department and Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA working in collaboration with the Community Food Bank of NJ. Last year from April to November, 35 tons of fresh produce was delivered to Vineland food pantries and soup kitchens allowing residents and their families to enjoy the taste and benefits of healthy eating. Tyler Cahill, a Health Education Field Representative for the Department of Health, and Craig Traina, a […]


WATCH: Elwyn NJ Worksite Wellness Program Promotes Healthy Employees

November 7, 2017

Since 2015, Live Healthy Vineland has worked with local organizations such as Elwyn New Jersey to implement healthy workplace strategies. Elwyn NJ has many dedicated employees who serve 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.  Along with Elwyn, twenty-one local businesses and organizations have implemented interventions that positively impact employee health in the city of Vineland. This video highlights the worksite wellness initiatives made by Elwyn NJ, a human service organization serving disabled individuals, to provide a healthy atmosphere for its dedicated employees.   SHARE:


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 […]


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 […]


Vineland Residents Hop into Summer Fun

July 5, 2017

Saturday, June 3rd launched the start of Vineland’s Spring Park Hop 2017. The event, sponsored by Vineland Health Department and the Vineland YMCA “Live Healthy Vineland,” kicked-off a month of physical activities for all ages held throughout Vineland through June 29. Activities included big ball kickball, yoga, body conditioning, dance cardio and more. Park Hop is a great opportunity for residents to come out and enjoy time together with their families while learning new ways to exercise together.   SHARE:


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, […]


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.  […]


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 […]