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ShapingNJ announces NEW Partners:

  • Monmouth/Ocean County Breastfeeding Consortium
  • New Jersey School Nutrition Association
  • New Jersey Department of Transportation
  • John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy at Thomas Edison State College
  • Children's Futures
  • Garden State Urban Farms
  • Office of Minority and Multicultural Health
  • The ShapingNJ Partnership is now 71 organizations strong!
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    News Highlights:
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    March is National Nutrition Month®(NNM). The campaign is sponsored annually by the American Dietetic Association (ADA), designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. NNM also promotes ADA and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically based food and nutrition information. Visit the American Dietetic Association for resources and information.

    County Health Rankings - The first set of reports to rank the overall health of every county in all 50 states - released February 17th by the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at a briefing in Washington, D.C.

     

    The "Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI)" launched by the Obama administration is a $400 million partnership between the Departments of Treasury, Agriculture, and HHS. It is intended to "... bring grocery stores and other healthy food retailers to underserved urban and rural communities ... Federal funds will support projects ranging from the construction or expansion of a grocery store to smaller-scale interventions such as placing refrigerated units stocked with fresh produce in convenience stores ..."

    The latest issue of the Safe Routes Scoop is now available. The Safe Routes Scoop, a newsletter for the New Jersey Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program, will keep you informed about SRTS news, events, local programs, and available resources. Use this newsletter to promote SRTS and to update your members and partners on projects and opportunities.

    LAUTENBERG AND MENENDEZ ANNOUNCE $23 MILLION IN FEDERAL RECOVERY ACT FUNDING FOR BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN PATH LINKING CAMDEN & PHILADELPHIA

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    ShapingNJ Workgroup Updates:
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    ShapingNJ workgroups have made great strides towards the state plan development. Workgroup meetings are on hold this month as we start "fact finding" sessions within our target settings and populations. We will share results in next month's newsletter. Additionally, Rutgers University, Center for State Health Policy has begun an evaluation of the NPAO Partnership. Please be sure to participate in the online survey that solicits your feedback about the partner process thus far.

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    Partner News:
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    Congratulations to the New Jersey Council of Physical Fitness and Sports (NJCPFS). They won the National Association of Health and Fitness (NAHF) State Council of the year award, which will be presented at the NAHF Annual Conference in Austin, Texas this summer. For those of you who aren't familiar with the NJCPFS, it is a 16 member advisory board comprised of professionals in the field of sports, fitness, education, business, and health. The mission of the NJCPFS is to serve the citizens of the State by developing safe, healthful and enjoyable physical fitness and sports programs.

    Volt Fitness, Inc., located in Glen Rock, NJ offers new Fitness Program for Children with Special Needs. They have paired with P.L.E.A.S.E Occupational Therapy Services to create a new and therapeutic experience, using the interactive VOLT FITNESSSM Circuit for the families of children with special needs. The Circuit combines video games and fitness equipment to deliver a proven fun and effective workout for children with varying abilities and fitness levels. Children will benefit from the use of specialized fitness equipment, which provides a dual sensory experience and physical outlet as well as boosting self-esteem and confidence.

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    Upcoming Events/Opportunities:
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    Cook Your Way to a Thinner You, Thursday, April 15, 6:30 pm at the Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton, Center for Health and Wellness, 3100 Quakerbridge Road, Mercerville, NJ. Join Lisa Dobruskin, MD, as she demonstrates how to make quick, easy, healthy and delicious recipes. Fee $10 per class. Registration: 609.584.5900.
     
    "Fuel Up to Play" Nutrition/Physical Activity Conference, sponsored by Action for Healthy Kids. May 17th, 9:00am - 2:00pm - Monmouth University, Wilson Hall Auditorium. This free conference provides tools, instructional resources, and project based programs to impact school health, nutrition, and physical activity.  Click here for Registration form.

    The YMCA of Burlington County is hosting Healthy Kids Day, celebrating the importance of physical activity. YMCA Healthy Kids Day is part of Activate America®, an innovative public health initiative of the YMCA movement that is making healthy living a reality for millions of Americans.

    NFL Network offers "Keep Gym in Schools: Physical Education Program Grants." Ten, $1,000 grants will be awarded to middle schools across the country. Applications due by March 30th.

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