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ShapingNJ is proud to announce it now has 60 partners! Our newest partners are:

  • The New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids
  • The American Cancer Society
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    News Highlights:
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    New Jersey Recognized as School Nutrition Leader
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recognized New Jersey for its accomplishments in improving nutrition for young people. New Jersey is ranked among the top ten states that have made efforts to pull less nutritious food and beverage options from high school vending machines, school stores, canteens or snack bars in 2008. CDC collected the information from the 50 states in its 2008 School Health Profiles Survey.

    "Complete Streets" Policy on all federally- or state-funded roadways
    Concerned with an 18 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities from 2008 to 2009, the New Jersey Department of Transportation recently adopted a "Complete Streets" policy on all federally- or state- funded roadways. Complete Streets provide safe access for all users, promote healthier lifestyles, create more livable neighborhoods, and reduce traffic congestion and reliance on carbon fuels thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    Pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders of all ages and abilities-- as well as motorists-- are able to safely and comfortably move along and across a roadway. Montclair was the first New Jersey municipality to adopt a local Complete Streets ordinance, a few months ahead of the new state policy.

    Special Report: Food For Every Child: The Need for More Supermarkets in New Jersey: The Food Trust published a special report, Food for Every Child: The Need for More Supermarkets in New Jersey to address the critical need for supermarkets and fresh food resources in many of our neighborhoods.

    One aim of the report is to stimulate a process which will result in the construction of supermarkets in lower-income neighborhoods. To achieve that goal, this study outlines the extent and implications of the supermarket shortage, identifies gaps in food availability and highlights the association of diet-related diseases and lower-income neighborhoods.

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    ShapingNJ Workgroup Updates:
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    The Breastfeeding workgroup will be implementing the WHO/UNICEF Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding) in every delivery facility in New Jersey. The goal is to have all delivery facilities become baby-friendly. This workgroup is also developing a plan for employers to accommodate lactating employees, making it easier for breastfeeding moms to return to work.

    All other workgroups are in the process of identifying strategies for their target populations. Updates to follow next month.

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    Upcoming Events:
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    ShapingNJ Full Partnership Meeting, Thursday, January 14th, Robert Wood Johnson, Hamilton, Center for Health and Wellness, Mercerville, New Jersey
    This meeting will provide a mid-point update on the status of New Jersey’s State Plan development. All seven work groups have been meeting monthly to discuss critical aspects of the state plan, and this is an opportunity to hear about the work that partners have accomplished thus far. For more information please email Carmen Santiago-Willis

    New Jersey Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Annual Convention January, 24-26th, Ocean Place Resort & Spa, Long Branch, New Jersey. This convention is the premiere professional development event for health educators, recreation and dance professionals.

    The First 2010 New Jersey Bicycle Summit, Saturday February 27th, 2010 from 8am to 4pm the New Jersey Bicycle Coalition in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Transportation, will host the first New Jersey Bicycle Summit in at the Denville, NJ town hall.

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