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ShapingNJ Welcomes 4 New Partners

  • Atlantic County Women's Center
  • Department of Children's Services, Camden County
  • Edison Department of Health & Human Services
  • Women's Heart Foundation
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    Note From the Director:
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    It is with mixed feelings that we bid farewell to our assistant commissioner, Celeste Andriot Wood, as she retires from 30-plus years of state service on December 1st.  It is hard to imagine anyone who more richly deserves a rest from a long and outstanding career in public service. Assistant Commissioner Andriot Wood has been at the helm of the Division of Family Health Services for the past 11 years, providing invaluable leadership, direction and mentoring to many. I count myself among the lucky who have had an opportunity to work for her, and learn from her.  Among her many, many other accomplishments is the creation of the Office of Nutrition & Fitness.  Without her tireless efforts to improve the health of NJ residents, countless initiatives would not exist, including this office. Her creativity, vision, and clarity of purpose will be sorely missed. All of us at the ONF wish Celeste the very best in this next phase of her life - but she will be missed.

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    Office of Nutrition & Fitness News:
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    ShapingNJ at The League of Municipalities
    Peri Nearon, Director, Office of Nutrition & Fitness will be representing ShapingNJ at the League of Municipalities Conference at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Wednesday, November 17, 2010. The session, "Impact of Childhood Obesity on Municipal Government," will be facilitated by Wayne Smith, Mayor of Irvington. Additional speakers include Dr. Tirzah Spencer, Project Specialist on Obesity Reduction Programs to the Watson Institute, Thomas Edison State College, Dr. Nicky Sheats, Director, Center for Urban Environment, Watson Institute, Thomas Edison State College, Darrin W. Anderson, Sr., Associate Executive Director, YMCA, and Emily Littman, Director, Mayors Wellness Campaign, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute.

    ShapingNJ is hosting an additional League session on Thursday, November 18th, "Creating Active, Healthy Communities." Three of our partners, as well as Lisa Asare, Program Coordinator, Office of Nutrition & Fitness will convene a panel to present their work on implementing ShapingNJ community strategies. The panelists are; Lorraine Gibbons, Garden State Urban Farms, Elise Bremer Nei, New Jersey Department of Transportation, and Brian Lang, The Food Trust.

    Healthy Community Development Mini Grants
    Frances Desmares Elementary School in Flemington is one of 17 recipients of the 2010 - 2011 Healthy Community Development mini grants offered through the NJ Department of Health & Senior Services, Office of Nutrition & Fitness and the New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Desmares Elementary School used the grant for a school garden, which will support many units outlined in the district's science curriculum. 

    The Ethel Jacobsen Elementary School in Long Beach Island, another recipient of the mini grant funding also built a school garden. The "Potato Patch" is phase one of the "Digging in The Dirt" project. This grant is the beginning of a sustainable edible garden as a nutritional intervention to provide an awareness of increased fruit and vegetable consumption. 

    Communities Putting Prevention to Work: State and Territorial Initiative (CPPW-STI): Update

    The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative: Bringing Baby-Friendly to New Jersey
    By Mary Ditri, NJHA

    On October 12, 2010, more than 150 maternal child experts representing 46 hospitals throughout New Jersey attended a kickoff event at the NJ Hospital Association for "Bringing Baby-Friendly to New Jersey: A Challenge to Change."

    The initiative promotes practices to encourage exclusive breastfeeding in New Jersey delivery hospitals. It was jointly sponsored by NJHA's Health Research and Educational Trust, the N.J. chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and ShapingNJ.

    "The practices of hospitals can have an impact on choices that new mothers and families make when they decide whether or not to exclusively breastfeed," said DHSS' Dr. Susan Walsh, deputy commissioner of public health services. "We know the positive impact that exclusive breastfeeding has on not only the child, but also the mother."

    Participants were encouraged to identify teams at their facility that would work toward the implementation of Baby-Friendly practices within their facilities and were given resources to assist them.

    According to a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 14 percent of facilities in New Jersey have comprehensive breastfeeding policies including all model breastfeeding policy components that have been recommended by the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

    Peri Nearon, director of the Office of Nutrition and Fitness, announced $10,000 in technical assistance mini-grants that will be awarded to 10 N.J. delivery facilities to support their implementation of the program's "Ten Steps." The grant application is available online.

    Applications for Mini-Grants Now Under Review
    Several local health departments and their community teams have submitted applications to DHSS for minigrants to implement ShapingNJ nutrition and physical activity strategies.  A team of five independent reviewers will assess these applications and recommend the strongest applicants for funding.  The reviewers will consider the quality of the community's plan, the quality of the partnerships presented for implementation, as well as local need based on barriers to access to healthy nutrition and opportunities to be physically active. DHSS will fund three mini-grants. 

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    Partners who will be leading coordination of implementation of ShapingNJ obesity prevention strategies attended a special meeting of the Partnership's Executive & Sustainability Committee on October 19, 2010.  Coordinating partners and executive committee members reviewed first year implementation task plans for health care, child care, schools, community and work site settings and identified key organizations that partners would like to invite to join the Partnership for the implementation phase as well as data collection systems.  

     

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    Sustainable Jersey Wins National Strong Communities Competition
    Amidst fierce competition, Sustainable Jersey triumphed as one of three winners of the national Ashoka/Community Matters Changemakers competition, "Strong Communities: Engaging Citizens, Strengthening Place, Inspiring Change." Sustainable Jersey will receive $5,000 and recognition as a top social change innovation in the country.

    The Strong Communities competition was designed to identify innovative projects and ideas that engage citizens to steer change and build strong communities across the United States and Canada. Sustainable Jersey was selected from 260 entrants in the competition. 

    Complete Streets Summit
    On October 22, 2010, Voorhees Transportation Center and the NJ Department of Transportation, both ShapingNJ partners, held the first statewide summit on the DOT's new Complete Streets policy at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.  Such streets ensure that all users--including pedestrians, bicyclists and people with disabilities--can use the roadways. Representatives of 27 municipalities and 14 counties attended the summit-- which was oversubscribed--to learn about how to implement Complete Streets policies at the municipal and county level. Implementation of Complete Streets will also achieve the ShapingNJ obesity prevention strategy: "Address local infrastructure and prioritize changes needed to turn walking and biking into safe, easy options for daily transportation". 

    Beth Israel and Garden State Urban Farms Partner
    Thursday October 28, 2010 was the opening day for the Beth Israel/ Garden State Urban Farms Farmers Market.  Every Thursday Garden State Urban Farms will be setting up in the lobby of Beth Israel hospital to provide the employees and community members of Newark's South Ward an opportunity to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.

           

    Legislative Hearing on Childhood Obesity
    With over 1 in 3 children in New Jersey considered overweight or obese, businesses and organizations from around the state have teamed up to combat childhood obesity. 

    To show your support of the effort and help shape a healthy future for the children of New Jersey, please save the date and join us:

    New Jersey State Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee Hearing: Monday, November 8th, 1 pm
    New Jersey State House Annex-Committee Room 1
    Trenton, NJ

    The hearing will focus on childhood obesity prevention efforts undertaken in New Jersey since release of the State's Obesity Prevention Plan in 2006. Testimony will be given to address how the Senate Committee can support efforts to arrest and reverse the rates of childhood obesity.

    Those coordinating testimony include:   The Campbell Soup Company, NJ Office of Minority & Multicultural Health, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids, Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of Nutrition and Fitness, and the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance.

    The hearing is expected to last 60-90 minutes.  Free parking is available in the Statehouse Annex Parking Garage or for cost at the Marriott Hotel, which is within walking distance of the State House Annex.  For more information, contact gary.graham@ymca.net.

     

     

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    NJ News/Legislation:
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    Assembly, No. 1192: Permits advertising on exterior of school buses
    Introduced by Assemblyman Scott Rudder (D-8) and Assemblywoman Dawn Marie Addiego (D-8) this bill, if passed, would permit the board of education of any school district to enter into a contract for the sale of advertising space on the exterior sides of school buses owned or leased by the school district. Currently, advertising on the exterior or exterior of school buses is prohibited pursuant to N.J.A.C.13:20-49.3(i). This bill is designed to increase revenue for school districts to provide needed educational services. A potential concern for those of us working to reduce obesity rates is with regard to the advertising of junk food and/or sugar-sweetened beverages.

    "Let's Move! Newark"
    On October 20, 2010, Newark Mayor, Cory Booker, rolled out his campaign to fight childhood obesity. "The problem in Newark is epidemic," Booker said. "It is at a level that is not only affecting our adults but it is consuming the life-force of our children." 

    Living Cities Announces $80 Million Effort to Remove Barriers to Opportunity for Low-Income Americans
    Newark was one of five cities chosen as a winner in the new Integration Initiative, which supports game-changing innovations that will address intractable problems affecting the lives of low-income individuals. Through the Integration Initiative, Newark is eligible for up to $15 million in grants, commercial loans and Program-Related Investments (PRIs) to support its efforts.

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    Obesity: A National Security Threat
    Department of Defense data indicate that an alarming 75 percent of all young Americans 17 to 24 years of age cannot join the military because they failed to graduate from high school, have criminal records, or are physically unfit. However, being overweight or obese is the leading medical reason why applicants fail to qualify for military service. The organization, Mission: Readiness, Military Leaders for Kids, issued a report Too Fat to Fight, which addresses this growing epidemic.  

    "If we don't take steps now to build a strong, healthy foundation for our young people, then it won't just be our military that pays the price - our nation as a whole will suffer also."

    Front of Package Nutrition Labeling 
    The Grocery Manufacturers Association will be developing a labeling system for the front of food packages to highlight the nutritional content of foods, to be introduced early next year.  The Grocery Manufacturers Association, representing more than 300 large food, beverage and consumer product companies will work on the labeling system with the Food Marketing Institute, a trade group of major food retailers.

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    Events:
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    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. For more information click here

    November 8 & 9 2010: World Town Planning Day Online Conference focuses on Integrating Food Systems into the Planning Process
    This year's conference brings together leading practitioners and experts on the topic "Healthy People, Healthy Places, Healthy Planet: Integrating Food Systems into the Planning Process."  Learn more about the program/speakers and register at the conference website.  Registration closes on Thursday, November 5th at midnight Eastern Time/ New York.  Registration is available for the entire conference, by the day or by session.

    November 9th and 10th: The 6th Annual Vaccines for Children Conference
    Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ
    The 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 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. For more information click here.

    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. Strategies and approaches concerning food environments, physical inactivity and more will be shared throughout the day. Register here or, for more information: 732-932-9271. 

    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. Plenary sessions and choice of breakout sessions covering various current health topics will be available.  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.  For more information visit click here.  

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