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ShapingNJ Welcomes New Partners

  • Somerset Valley YMCA
  • Arthur & Friends/NORWESCAP
  • Zone 7
  • Main Street New Jersey
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    The Office of Nutrition & Fitness Awarded 17 Leaders' Academy Healthy Community Development Mini Grants.  The Healthy Community Development Mini Grants funded projects to prevent obesity and other associated chronic diseases by focusing on policy and environmental changes to make healthy choices easier for New Jersey residents.  These projects will help to create environments where healthy eating and physical activity opportunities are available, affordable, culturally appropriate and easy.  For a list of grantee's and their projects click here.

    On July 15th the Office of Nutrition & Fitness had the opportunity to address approximately 20 local funders at a meeting of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  We provided a background and overview of the ShapingNJ partnership and our work, including the 23 obesity prevention strategies developed for implementation to members of the council's "Strong and Thriving Communities" affiliate group. The information was well received, and generated a lot of interest.

    On July 28th, The New Jersey Health Officers Association (NJHOA) -- a ShapingNJ  partner -convened a training workshop for local health officers and other community representatives to introduce the partnership and the ShapingNJ community strategies.  Those who attended the training workshop are eligible to apply for a $15,000 mini-grant and receive a tailored package of technical assistance to implement an environmental or policy change in their community to increase residents' access to healthy food and beverages and opportunities to be physically active.  The meeting was hosted by the New Jersey Alliance of the YMCA- also a ShapingNJ partner, at the Raritan Bay YMCA in Perth Amboy.

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    Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Pilots Ground Breaking Program to Address Pediatric Obesity in Newark's Maple Avenue South Ward School
    A highly successful pediatric wellness and healthy lifestyle program from Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center will launch this school year at the Maple Avenue School in the South Ward of Newark.  The program will focus on obesity prevention by providing a registered dietitian on site, after school wellness and exercise programs and assistance with planning healthy school lunches. The program, tailored to inner-city children, was created by Barbara Mintz, MS, RD, Clinical Nutrition Manager at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and made possible by a grant from Merck Pharmaceuticals with the support of Scholastic Books.  For more information, call 973-926-2663.

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    Assembly Bill 3140 - Sponsored by Assemblywomen Grace Spencer (D-29) and Connie Wagner (D-38), this legislation proposes to require boards of education to calculate body mass index (BMI) for students in grades one, four, seven and ten and report this information to the Department of Education.

    Assembly Bill 1964 - Sponsored by Sentor Raymond J. Lesniak (D-20), this legislation proposes to authorize the sale and lease of unneeded public property to certain nonprofits for use in gardening and urban farming and exempts these urban farms from property taxation. 

    Assembly Bill 2854 - Sponsored by Assemblymen John F. McKeon (D-27) and John J. Burzichelli (D-3), this legislation would establish an annual celebration with promotional events during the last week of September, "Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week" to promote the importance of New Jersey agriculture and fresh foods produced in New Jersey, as well as the importance of fresh farm foods for children, their general health, and their success in school. 

    NJ Audubon Resolution Proposes Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights

    West Windsor Township adopts a Complete Streets Policy
    On July 19th, West Windsor Township became the second municipality in New Jersey, following Montclair, to adopt a Complete Streets Policy.    

    Monmouth County became the first county in the state to adopt a Complete Streets Policy, as the Board of Chosen Freeholders passed Resolution 10-592 on July 22nd. 

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    Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act
    Every five years the Child Nutrition Programs undergo reauthorization - an opportunity to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the various nutrition programs and make changes. The Act is currently up for reauthorization and may have a substantial impact on childhood obesity rates. 

    The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau are pleased to pre-release Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs, a set of national standards describing evidence-based best practices in nutrition, physical activity, and screen time for early care and education programs. The standards are for all types of early care and education settings - centers and family child care homes.

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    Upcoming Events/Opportunities:
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    October 1-3, 2010: New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NJAHPERD) Lake Conference
    Happiness is Camping
    The Lake Conference is a weekend event designed to meet the needs of K-8 Physical Education teachers and future professionals. A very active, hands-on conference, featured presenters have been selected based upon their developmentally appropriate, highly innovative and child oriented activities. Click here for more information. 

    October 26, 2010: New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NJAHPERD) Adapted Conference
    "Teaching All Abilities in Health & Physical Education"
    Special Olympics NJ, Lawrenceville, NJ
    This conference is designed to meet the needs of Health and Physical Education teachers and Future Professionals, PreK-12, who have contact with special populations. Information will be provided on recent developments in the field of Adapted Physical Education, as well as inclusion of students in mainstreamed Physical Education classes. Hands-on experience will be provided and sharing of ideas and innovative teaching strategies will be encouraged. Professional Development hours will be earned. Sponsored by NJAHPERD and Special Olympics New Jersey. Click here for more information.  

    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. Register online.

    November 4 & 5, 2010: New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) Convention
    Creating A Better Tomorrow
    Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey
    NJAHPERD sponsors 8-10 sessions addressing healthy active lifestyles for students and professionals. Click here for more information.

    November 7, 2010: New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NJAHPERD) Fall Future Professionals Workshop
    East Brunswick High School, East Brunswick, NJ
    A "get up and get moving" workshop for college and university health and physical education majors.  Click here for more information.  

    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. To register click here.  

    November 15th - 18th: The 95th Annual League of Municipalities Conference
    Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ
    This Conference is an invaluable learning experience for community leaders; delegates have the opportunity to learn and ask questions at more than 100 panels, clinics, workshops, and other sessions conducted by the League and the 18 associations of technical and professional employees allied with it. Commercial, government and association exhibits display the latest products and services for municipal government. Click here for more information.

    December 3, 2010: Children's Health Summit-Fighting Back Against Childhood Obesity - Growing Healthy: Making a difference through policy and environmental change
    Rutgers University, Cook Campus Center, New Brunswick, NJ.
    This one day conference will bring together educators, health professionals, policy makers, community organizers and other stakeholders to discuss and address the growing issue of childhood obesity as it relates to public and institutional policy and the environments in which children live, attend school and play.

    With an emphasis on early childhood feeding practices, nationally known speakers and breakout sessions will provide a basis for understanding the relationship between the built and social environments, policy and health as it relates to reducing childhood obesity. Register here

    December 6, 2010: NJAHPERD Mary Jo Young Hands On Health Conference
    "A Team Approach to School Wellness"
    Crowne Plaza Monroe, Monroe, NJ
    The Mary Jo Young Hands on Health Conference is designed to provide educators with current health information, new resources and teaching strategies for the classroom and school environment. Join your colleagues for a great day of cutting edge, "hands on" professional development. This conference is co-sponsored with NJDOE, NJDHSS, NJDOA and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.  Click here for more information.

     

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