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ShapingNJ Welcomes New Partners

  • Garfield YMCA
  • St. Barnabas Healthcare System - Newark Beth Israel Hospital
  • Monmouth County Health Department
  • Mountainside Health Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – Rahway
  • Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Memorial Hospital
  • UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School: Department of Pediatrics
  • Princeton Sports and Family Medicine
  • K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center
  • Metuchen-Edison-Woodbridge YMCA
  • The New Jersey League of Municipalities
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    Office of Nutrition & Fitness News:
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    The Office of Nutrition & Fitness submitted the New Jersey Obesity Prevention Plan June 30th to the CDC.  The key component of the plan was the ShapingNJ strategies that work groups developed over the past year. The time, expertise, and input from our partners is deeply appreciated.

    Moving forward into strategy implementation, work groups have been restructured by setting, and will convene in Fall, 2010. The settings are: Health Care, Child Care, Schools, Communities and Business/Worksite.

     

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    ShapingNJ Partner News:
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    Volt Fitness Offers Summer Camp for Children with Special Needs
    Classes are taught by an occupational therapist and include: Volt Fitness Circuit, Social Skills Classes, Life Skills Classes, Outdoor Activities and Snack Breaks. Camp is in session Monday - Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm. Cost: $300 per week. For more information email: info@voltfitnessusa.com or call 201-857-3800.  Address: 55 Broad Street, Glen Rock, NJ.

    Volt Fitness Summer Camp for Children ages 6-14  
    Camp includes Volt Fitness Circuit and indoor and outdoor activities. Camp is in session Monday - Friday, 9:00am to 12:00pm. For more information email: info@voltfitnessusa.com or call 201-857-3800. Address: 55 Broad Street, Glen Rock, NJ.

    2010 Smart Growth Awards
    Since 2002, New Jersey Future has honored smart planning and development in New Jersey through Smart Growth Awards. The awards help promote the mission of New Jersey Future - to secure economic opportunity, community vitality and quality of life for all New Jerseyans. Two of the 2010 Smart Growth Awards went to Neptune, NJ and Robbinsville, NJ.

    Main Street Community Revitalization Project
    The Midtown Commons Project in Neptune included the construction of an office/health center complex on West Lake Avenue in Neptune, to provide greater access to healthcare in an underserved neighborhood.  

    Robbinsville Town Center & Neighborhood Development
    This project created a walkable and friendly community, and has contributed significant green space to the Robbinsville community. The Town Center includes more than 20 acres of open space in the form of small pocket parks, larger public parks and two lakes encompassing more than eight acres. In addition, the project led to the preservation of 90 acres in another part of the township. 
     

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    New Jersey News:
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    Gov. Chris Christie signed the FY2011 budget into law on June 29, 2010
    He was accompanied by Dr. Poonam Alaigh, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services as well as other cabinet officers and legislators. In a very difficult economic environment, the new budget continues to allow the Department to carry out its work to protect and preserve public health and safety, support senior citizens, and eliminate health disparities in New Jersey.

    Memorial High School in West New York, NJ, received the Gold National Recognition Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in June 2010 for their extraordinary efforts to promote healthy eating and lifestyle choices among staff and students. Their accomplishments over the last four years include overhauling the cafeteria menu and making physical fitness a priority for all students, faculty and staff. 

    $7.5 Million Restored for Women's Health
    The New Jersey Senate budget committee approved a bill to restore $7.5 million to continue subsidizing uninsured women's health and family planning services. 

    Visit the new Trenton Fresh Farmers Market, located at the intersection of North Clinton and North Olden in Trenton, NJ. The market is open every Saturday from 11am - 2pm, and accepts WIC, EBT, Food Stamps and Senior Vouchers. For a limited time, anyone presenting WIC identification and vouchers will receive a FREE $10 matching voucher, courtesy of Crisis Ministry. The market features music, family activities, cooking demos, and more.

    Community Garden Movement Spreads Like Weeds Around NJ
    Multiple New Jersey towns are planting Community Gardens. Gardens of various types and sizes can be found in: Readington, New Brunswick, Highland Park, Keyport, Freehold and Morristown.

     

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    National News:
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    United States Government has allocated $250 million for Preventative Health Care in Fiscal Year 2010 
    Under the Affordable Care Act, a Prevention and Public Health Fund was designed to help create the infrastructure for disease prevention and management.  Obesity prevention and fitness will be targeted under this funding. 

    School-Based Efforts May Help Curb Obesity in High-Risk Kids
    In a study designed to examine the impact of school-based nutrition and physical activity programs on rates of obesity and overweight in schoolchildren, researchers found that students who were obese at the beginning of the school-based programs lost significantly more weight than obese students who did not participate in the programs.

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    Upcoming Events/Opportunities:
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    November 4th: The Central New Jersey Maternal Child Health Consortium presents Vital Links: Creating NJ Partnerships for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
    Imperia, Somerset, NJ
    8:30am - 4:00pm
    This conference will help to enhance disease prevention programs by maximizing health care resources through partnerships; develop integrated ways to "make the healthy choice the easy choice" in communities across the state; and generate a statewide chronic disease plan to extend the years of healthy living for NJ residents. The conference is offered free of charge.

    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.   

    November 15th - 18th: The 95th Annual League of Muncipalities Conference
    Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ
    This conference is an opportunity to network, access resources and gain information from local government officials and community leaders representing the 566 New Jersey municipalities.  Attendees have the opportunity to learn and ask questions at more than 100 panels, clinics, workshops, and other sessions. Exhibits highlight programs and services available for municipal governments. 

     

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