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ShapingNJ Welcomes 3 New Partners

  • CATCH/Flaghouse
  • The Community Food Bank of New Jersey
  • Child and Family Resources, Inc.
  • YMCA of Eastern Union County
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    Office of Nutrition & Fitness (ONF) News :
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    On May 11, 2010 the Office of Nutrition & Fitness assembled a full ShapingNJ partnership meeting to present prioritized, policy and environmental strategies and to provide an opportunity for new partners to join and founding partners to recommit to the partnership.  At present, 40 partners have recommitted to the work and 3 new partners have joined. Our new commissioner, Dr. Poonam Alaigh, MD, MSHCPM, FACP showed her support by offering remarks. To read the press release, click here.

    Workgroup meetings are on hold for the month of June while the office focuses on writing the NJ Obesity Prevention State Plan, due to the CDC on June 30, 2010.  Moving forward into implementation, we will be reorganizing our workgroups, using a setting based structure for implementation -- child care, community, healthcare, schools and worksite/business.

    The ONF welcomes Erin M. Bunger, MPH to the Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity (NPAO) Program as the new Surveillance Specialist.  She will be working closely with ONF and NPAO staff on the ShapingNJ initiative as we move into year 3 of the CDC grant and into implementation of strategies. We also welcome Kate Craft, Ph.D and Evelyn Murphy, Ph.D, consultants who will be working specifically on the Communities Putting Prevention to Work - State and Territorial Initiatives.

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    ShapingNJ Partner News:
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    Get Moving - Get Healthy New Jersey Wins TWO National Awards!
    Get Moving-Get Healthy New Jersey, a health promotion initiative developed by the Department of Family and Community Health Sciences and the Department of 4-H Youth Development at Rutgers Cooperative Extension won two national awards in May. The American Dietetic Association presented its Presidents' Circle Nutrition Education Award to Get Moving-Get Healthy New Jersey in recognition of the development and dissemination of scientifically sound nutrition information that is unique in concept and creative in presentation. The President's Circle Nutrition Education Award is one of the American Dietetics' Association's highest awards for nutrition education. Get Moving-Get Healthy New Jersey also won the Society of Nutrition Education Public Health Division award for Outstanding Public Health Nutrition Program. This award recognizes the excellence of the contributions to public health nutrition made by division members.

    Garden State Urban Farms has announced that this year will mark the implementation of their first very own hydroponic greenhouse.  They broke ground on April 16th and began the assembly of the hydroponic infrastructure shortly after. Garden State Urban Farms is collaborating with the Northwest New Jersey Community Action Program (NORWESCAP), Housing and Neighborhood Development Services (HANDS), and Prodigal Sons and Daughters Re-Entry Services (PSD) to create the "Arthur and Friends Urban Greenhouse and Training Center" in Orange, New Jersey. They will provide employment training in the growing and marketing of premium hydroponic produce to disabled veterans, ex-offenders, at-risk-youth, disabled adults, former substance abusers and other marginalized and underserved groups. In just 1800 square feet, they will produce more than 25,000 units of high quality, nutritious, locally grown lettuce, herbs and greens to be sold directly to neighbors via farm stands and local farmers markets as well as schools and restaurants. For more information click here

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    New Jersey News:
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    Walking introduced as the New Jersey State Exercise
    A2674: Sponsored by Assemblywoman Connie Wagner - District 38 (Bergen) and Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer - District 29 (Essex and Union), and introduced May 13, 2010 - this bill will designate walking as the NJ state exercise - to enhance the quality of life in NJ and improve the health and well-being of our residents.

    April of each year designated as "Shape Up New Jersey Month"
    AJR47: Sponsored by Assemblywoman, Connie Wagner, and introduced May 13, 2010, this resolution will designate April of each year as "Shape Up New Jersey Month". If passed, the Governor would annually issue a proclamation calling upon public officials, health care professionals, and the citizens of NJ to observe this month with appropriate activities and programs designed to raise public awareness about the importance of physical exercise to maintaining good health.

    Kingsway Middle School students make New Jersey first with skateboarding PE class 
    This program is part of a long-term initiative of the Kingsway administration to provide creative and fun activities in gym classes. The school is trying to promote lifelong physical activity in their students.  Each student is given a choice of three activities and then picks one that they would most enjoy. "We have one of the most innovative physical education departments in the state," Kingsway Superintendent Ave Altersitz said.  He credits the teachers for this innovative program.

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    States requiring PE, but amount varies
    More states are requiring physical education for elementary, middle and high school students, though few have length of time requirements. A report released Tuesday by the American Heart Association and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education said exercise for schoolchildren is also threatened by a rising number of waivers and exemptions from PE in school districts around the country.

    What if you ate only what was advertised on TV?
    New research published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association suggests TV advertisements for food may be influencing our decisions on what we eat in powerful ways.

    California bill would ban sugar sweetened sports drinks from middle and high schools. California already bans sports drinks in elementary schools and sodas have been eliminated from all school vending machines since 2007.  In an effort to combat childhood obesity, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is sponsoring a bill that would prohibit the sale of sugar-sweetened sports drinks in public middle schools and high schools. The bill would not prohibit student athletes from consuming sports drinks during after-school practices or competitions.

    Summer Exercise Series on the South Lawn of the White House
    Following the announcement of a summer of activity on the South Lawn to encourage kids to exercise more, Mrs. Obama led a group of 8-10 year-olds in stretches, squats, lunges, planks and various obstacle courses. The White House plans to invite local children, sports leagues, community programs and coaches to play sports and other activities on the South Lawn throughout the summer in an effort to encourage children to get their recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity.

    Menu Labeling in the New Health Reform Law
    Under the new health reform law, all chain restaurants with more than 20 outlets will be required to post calorie counts on menus and provide information on recommended daily caloric intake. In addition, restaurants will have to share more detailed nutritional information about salt, carbohydrate, fat and other components of their food with consumers.

    Release of National Physical Activity Plan
    The National Physical Activity Plan, released May 3, 2010, created through a collaboration of public- and private-sector groups is a comprehensive set of policies, programs, and initiatives that aim to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population to improve health, prevent disease and disability, and enhance quality of life.

    White House Task Force Report on Childhood Obesity: To the President - Released May 2010
    Let's Move, Michelle Obama's childhood obesity prevention campaign, recently released a report in May: Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity within a Generation. This report provides a national road map to address the epidemic of childhood obesity in a generation, so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight. 

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    Upcoming Events/Opportunities:
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    June 13th: 7:30 a.m.
    Pedaling for Prevention Bike Ride
    Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Avenue, Livingston

    The Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation and PSE&G sponsor this family-friendly bike ride. Riders can choose a 40-, 25- or 10-mile ride which loops through the scenic Great Swamp Refuge and tree-lined communities of Morris and Somerset Counties. The course is professionally managed and includes rest stops, water and a post-race party. Every rider receives a t-Shirt, and prizes will be awarded for those who raise more than $250. To register visit: www.njburncenter.com or call 973-322-4210.

    June 15th, 29th: 7 to 9:30 p.m.
    Breastfeeding Basics

    Saint Barnabas Medical Center, 94 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston
    The Women's Health/Parent Education Department at Saint Barnabas offers a prenatal workshop to help mothers achieve the confidence and skills necessary for a satisfying nursing experience once their baby is born. To register, call 973-322-5360.

    June 17th: Cook Your Way to a Thinner You: Cooking with the Entire Family
    Join Lisa Dobruskin, MD, as she demonstrates how to make quick, easy, healthy and delicious recipes. Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Center for Health and Wellness, Mercerville, NJ, Fee: $10 per class. 6:30 p.m. To register, call: 609-584-5900.

    June 18th: Meet the Health Grant Makers
    Learn how funders evaluate the performance of their grantees, how they evaluate the success of their own programs, as well as how they make determinations regarding the direction of their funding. The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), David Dubinsky Center (Building A), 8th Floor, 27th Street and 8th Avenue, New York City: 8:30 a.m. to noon. Click here for more information.

    School Garden Picture Contest-Win Two Tickets to Hear Jack Johnson on July 13th!
    Do you have a picture you want to share that showcases the best of school gardens? School gardens are a natural place for great photos of fruits, vegetables and kids.  A winning photo and two honorable mentions will be announced in early July on the Farm to School website and in the newsletter and wiki. Deadline to submit a photo is June 30th. The winner will receive two free tickets to attend the Jack Johnson "To the Sea" concert in Holmdel, NJ on July 13th. Please note:  a model release form is required. Send jpeg submissions electronically to: info@njfarmtoschool.org

    November 9th and 10th: The 6th Annual Vaccines for Children Conference
    Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ
    NJ Department of Health and Senior Services and the NJ Pediatric Council on Research and Education present the 6th Annual Vaccines for Children Conference featuring nationally known speakers Paul Offit, MD, Margaret Fisher, MD and Alison Singer, MBA.  For more information: www.njpcore.org

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