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18 ShapingNJ Community Grant Projects Making the Healthy Choice, the Easy Choice

NJ YMCAs, local health departments and non-profits are participating in the ShapingNJ Community Grant project. Funded by the Office of Nutrition and Fitness and the Fitness Council for Physical Fitness and Sport, the grantees are making great strides to implement a variety of activities in support of ShapingNJ strategies.

The 18 ShapingNJ community grantees actively document their progress on a blog site. Highlights include:

  • Through the YMCA of Eastern Union County, Trinitas Medical Center is convening the "One Flight Up, Two Flights Down" stairwell campaign. The initiative encourages employees to use stairs instead of elevators and marks stairways with distinctive signs.
  • Bloomfield Health Department is in the beginning stage of developing a Community Bike Trail for the township and will now take the plans and recommendations to the community to obtain feedback. They also prepared plots at the Bloomfield Community Garden at the Oakeside Cultural Center for residents to garden.

  • The New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids - Camden is applying Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) concepts to the city. They conducted park tours to assess crime and vandalism in the parks and are working with community members to gather input from the community about strategies to improve the parks. A survey is being developed to learn about community member perceptions of the current physical conditions of the park, and perceptions and opportunities to incorporate CPTED methods.