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Local organizations are “health heroes”

July 5, 2017 | Media Coverage
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June 8, 2017

LAWRENCEVILLE – The Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA and the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Vineland were among the winners of the New Jersey Department of Health’s first Population Health Heroes Awards, which were presented at the 2017 Population Health Summit at Rider University. Awards were presented by members of the Population Health Action Team, which includes Cabinet officials of the Departments of Agriculture, Children and Families, Community Affairs, Environmental Protection, Health, Human Services and Transportation.

“The goal of these awards is to recognize and showcase the work of an individual, group, business, municipality, county, faith-based or other community organization that have successfully implemented a program or intervention that has made a measurable difference in health outcomes for New Jersey residents,” said Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett. 

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CCAYMCA and NJPHK-Vineland received the Multistakeholder Collaboration Award along with New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids statewide program. 

Since 2008, the CCAYMCA and the Vineland Health Department have collaborated to implement interventions that increase access to healthy foods and beverages, encourage and promote physical activity, and create community to clinical linkages.

CCAYMCA and NJPHK-Vineland established a Healthy Food Network (comprised of farm to pantry, healthy corner store, and healthy restaurant components), School District Wellbeing, and Worksite Wellness Initiative to help increase access to healthy foods and beverages, encourage and promote physical activity, and create clinical linkages in low-income communities. 

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“The Healthy Food Network and the Worksite Wellness Project are contributing to improve population health in these communities. The network has brought together more than 20 corner stores and restaurants to increase access to healthier foods, and the wellness project has partnered with 26 businesses to establish wellness initiatives,” Bennett said.

For CCAYMCA information, visit 

For information on the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids, visit


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