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ShapingNJ announces NEW Partners:

  • Department of Health and Senior Services: Special Child Health & Early Intervention Services
  • Centra State Medical Center
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    News Highlights:
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    Holt Introduces Farm to School Bill to Fight Childhood Obesity, Support Local Farmers
    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) has introduced legislation that would create a Farm to School grant program to combat childhood obesity and support local farmers. The Farm to School Improvements Act (H.R. 4710) would establish a competitive grant and technical assistance program to increase the use of local foods from small and medium sized farms in schools. The grant funds would improve the relationships between schools and local food providers. The legislation would provide $10 million in mandatory funding each year for the duration of the program and require that grant recipients provide a local match to ensure serious commitment to the project.

    HHS Awards $372 Million in Prevention and Wellness Grants to 44 Communities Around the Nation
    On March 19, 2010, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced CDC's prevention and wellness grants totaling $372 million to 44 communities to support public health efforts to reduce obesity, increase physical activity, improve nutrition and decrease smoking. The awards are part of the HHS signature Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative funded by the Recovery Act. Although NJ did not receive funding under this initiative, we are hopeful that there may be other opportunities in the future.

    New health care bill requires calorie counts for chain restaurants
    One provision of the new health care bill (H.R. 3590 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) is a menu labeling proposal for chain restaurants with more than 20 locations. The proposal requires chains to post the caloric content of each item (and the total calories of combo meals) next to its listing on the menu, the menu board, and even the drive-through menu kiosk. Click here to read the provision.

    Is there an obesity tipping point in infancy?
    Researchers say national childhood obesity prevention and education efforts should include families with newborns and toddlers, and promote healthy habits that start early -in pregnancy or even before.

    Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 would revamp the Child Nutrition Act
    The federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 would provide an additional $4.5 billion to child-nutrition programs over the next 10 years. This bill directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to set new nutrition standards for all food served in schools, including vending machines. The bill also requires additional training and qualification standards for cafeteria staff at schools that participate in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. One of the bill's chief goals is to expand the number of students served.

    New Jersey Health Commissioner Sworn In
    Dr. Poonam Alaigh became the New Jersey's health commissioner on Friday, March 26, 2010.

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    Upcoming Events/Opportunities:
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    ShapingNJ...the state partnership for nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention will be holding its next full partnership meeting on Tuesday May 11th at the Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Center for Health and Wellness.
    This meeting is the culmination of nearly a year of hard work, presenting the selected environmental and policy strategies for inclusion in the obesity prevention state plan, along with first year strategy action plans. Join us as we move from planning to action, poised for implementation. For more information please call: 609-292-2209 or email food.nutrition@doh.state.nj.us.

    Women's Caregiver Retreat
    The Office of Nutrition & Fitness, in partnership with The Family Support Center of NJ, The Division of Aging & Community Services and The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association present the 6th Annual Retreat for Women Caregivers on Thursday, May 13, 2010, in recognition of National Women's Health Week.  The event will be at the Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness. For more information, contact FSCNJ at 732-528-8080 or ONF at 609-292-2209. Online Registration opens April 1, 2010 at: http://www.fscnj.org/

    4th Annual Healthy Choices for Children: Linking Research and Practice in Childhood Obesity Prevention. Teachers College Columbia University
    525 West 120th Street b/w Broadway & Amsterdam. Tuesday, April 27th 8:15-2pm.

    This conference will assist allied health professionals and advocates from the fields of public health, fitness, nutrition, education and related disciplines evaluate the evidence of the effects of a nutrient-rich eating pattern; understand the nutrient and food intake pattern of school aged children and the current school meal nutrition guidelines as well as understand the role of the RD Nutrition Coach in influencing positive eating and activity changes with school children as well as the benefits of the Fuel Up To Play 60 pilot program in an urban, low-income, high minority school district.

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