Valeria Galarza, VP of Strategic Advancement for the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties and Project Manager for New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Camden (NJPHK-C) was recently named “Woman of the Year” by South Jersey Magazine. Among the hundreds of nominations received by the magazine were individuals, nurses to former business women.
Galarza was chosen for her tireless efforts in helping to improve the health of South Jersey’s struggling communities and their children. As part of her NJPHK-C role, she is charged with leading initiatives around creating environmental and policy changes that help reduce childhood obesity in Camden.
In partnership with Campbell Soup Company’s Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) and in combination with various other community partners, NJPHK-C has focused on providing technical assistance to Camden City Public Schools in the implementation of its wellness policy and Breakfast-in-the-Classroom program; expanded school wellness policies to non-public schools; supported food access programs by providing knowledge, engagement and access to healthy foods through community gardens and nutrition education and expanded Safe Places to Play to six city parks.
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