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ShapingNJ Welcomes New Partners

  • Bergen County Office for Children
  • Burlington County Community Action Program
  • Community Child Care Solutions Inc.
  • 4 C’s of Passaic County, Inc.,
  • NORWESCAP CFRS (Hunterdon, Sussex and Warren Counties)
  • Quality Care Resource & Referral Services
  • New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies
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    Note From the Director:
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    Our best wishes to Celeste Andriot Wood upon her retirement from state government after 33 years of public service. Assistant Commissioner Wood retired on December 1st, and we are deeply grateful for her advocacy around many important health issues, including her pivotal role in the creation of this office. There is no doubt that she will be missed. We also want to offer a hearty welcome to Gloria Rodriguez, newly appointed as acting Assistant Commissioner, and we look forward to working under her guidance. Dr. Rodriguez most recently served as the Department's Director of Special Child Health and Early Intervention Services. A 24 year veteran of the Department, Dr. Rodriguez holds a Doctorate of Social Welfare from Hunter College Graduate School of Social Work, City University of New York.

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    Office of Nutrition and Fitness News:
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    Communities Putting Prevention to Work: State and Territorial Initiative (CPPW-STI) Update:

    The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
    Applications from sixteen NJ hospitals were received for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.  A selection committee is reviewing the applications and will select 10 hospitals to receive $10,000 grants to pursue and achieve Baby-Friendly status, a WHO/UNICEF program designation that encourages and recognizes hospitals that offer optimal promotion and support for breastfeeding (including supportive hospital policies and practices; staff education, and post-discharge community referrals.)   Grant awards will be announced by December 17th.

    Child Care Licensing Requirements
    During the summer, 25 focus groups, reaching all but one of New Jersey's 21 counties, were conducted by County Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies to evaluate existing requirements and explore potential regulatory changes around nutrition, physical activity, TV use and breastfeeding practices.  Given the number of children in child care in New Jersey, strengthening these requirements has the strong potential for changing obesity trends in the state.  A report of the focus group recommendations is available here.

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    ShapingNJ News:
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    League of Municipalities Conference
    The Office of Nutrition & Fitness had representation at two sessions at the League of Municipalities Conference in Atlantic City: the first, titled Impact of Childhood Obesity on Municipal Government, on November 17th, included a presentation on the background and development of the ONF and the ShapingNJ Partnership.  The second one was hosted by ONF, on November 18th titled, "ShapingNJ-Creating Active, Healthy, Communities."  The session was presided by Mayor Michael Powers of Lawrence Township.  Panelists included the following ShapingNJ Partners; Brian Lang, Associate Director, The Food Trust, Elise Bremer-Nei, Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator, Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs, State Department of Transportation, and Lorraine Gibbons and Wendie Blanchard, Garden State Urban Farms.  Partners presented on their role in the implementation of one or more of the ShapingNJ community strategies.

    November 8th Obesity Hearing
    A hearing on obesity was held on November 8th at the request of Senator Loretta Weinberg (D), Chair of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.  The hearing focused on obesity prevention efforts currently underway in New Jersey since the June 2006 release of The New Jersey Obesity Prevention Action Plan. Testimony highlighted current statistics on obesity rates in our state and ways for the Senate Committee to support prevention efforts. Peri L. Nearon, MPA, Director, Office of Nutrition & Fitness, Department of Health and Senior Services, Darrin W. Anderson, Sr., Ph.D., CSCS, Associate Executive Director, NJ YMCA State Alliance, Emily Littman, Director, Mayors Wellness Campaign, Corinne Orlando, Government Relations Director, American Heart Association, and Karen Buonocore, MA, CHES, Relationship Manager, New Jersey Alliance for a Healthier Generation delivered testimonies.

    ONF Receives Communications Mentoring Grant from North Carolina's Healthy Weight Communication Unit
    The mentoring program is offered for one year, and will provide the ONF with customized assistance from experienced communications professionals around marketing, outreach and messaging.

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    ShapingNJ Partner News:
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    First Lady Michelle Obama visited Maple Avenue School on November 18th and praised Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, a ShapingNJ partner, for their work with KidsFit Newark, a Pediatric Obesity Prevention Program. 
    The First Lady attended a briefing on nutrition and physical education policies presented by several K-8 students.  The event was moderated by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who was named honorary vice chairman of Mrs. Obama's Partnership for a Healthier America.  Newark Beth Israel Medical Center was recently named a partner in "Let's Move!" Please see attached press release and star ledger article for more information.

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    New Jersey Obesity and Overweight Data:
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    For a printable version, click here.

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    National News:
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    House Passes Holt Resolution Promoting Farm To School Programs
    House Designates October Farm to School Month; Program Supports Farmers, Students
    (Washington, D.C.) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12) to establish October as National Farm to School Month. Farm to School programs bring locally or regionally grown fresh produce into schools, significantly improving nutrition for children eating school lunches and supporting local economic growth.  Earlier this year, Holt introduced legislation to require $40 million in funding for farm to school programs. The initiative is included in child nutrition legislation pending in the House.

    Watch Video of Rep. Holt speaking about the legislation.

    IOM Releases Recommendations to Update Child and Adult Care Food Program Meals
    At the request of the United States Department of Agriculture, the Institute of Medicine released recommendations to update the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal patterns. Recommendations include increased amounts and varieties of fruits and vegetables as well as reductions in fat, salt and added sugars.   These recommendations would align the CACFP standards with the latest nutrition science. 

    HHS Announces the Nation's New Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Agenda
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unveiled Healthy People 2020, the nation's new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention, and "MyHealthyPeople," a new challenge for technology application developers yesterday. 

    Healthy People 2020 is the product of an extensive stakeholder feedback that integrates input from public health and prevention experts, federal, state and local government officials, a consortium of more than 2,000 organizations, and most importantly, the public.

    Healthy People is also issuing a special challenge to encourage developers to create easy-to-use applications for professionals who are working with the new national health objectives and state- and community-level health data.

    HHS is also launching a newly redesigned Healthy People Web site that allows users to tailor information to their needs and explore evidence-based resources for implementation. Click here to view the website. www.healthypeople.gov. 

    2009 Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance Survey (PedNSS) Released
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the results of the 2009 Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance Survey (PedNSS), which tracks a variety of health indicators, including obesity in low-income children. Of the 46 states who participated in the survey, New Jersey had the highest rate of obesity among low-income children ages two through five. More than 18 percent (18.4%) of these children were obese, an increase from the 2008 rate( 17.95).

    New Report Card Shows Little Improvement in Public Health Since 2005
    The NAP report card finds that the average American's fruit and vegetable consumption remains far below recommended levels, with only six percent of individuals consuming the recommended servings for vegetables and only eight percent consuming the recommended servings for fruit in an average day. Additionally, eight of the states with the lowest fruit and vegetable consumption rank among the top 10 states with the highest obesity rates. 

    "The data clearly indicates that resolving our public health crisis depends on the consistent success and efforts of the many stakeholders involved in America's food choices and eating habits," said Elizabeth Pivonka, Ph.D., R.D., president and CEO of PBH. "From both the private and public sectors, organizations across the spectrum have a vital role to play in making increased fruit and vegetable consumption a reality for all Americans."

    The report card assigned an "A‟ grade to the WIC Fruit and Vegetable Vouchers program, introduced as part of a special supplemental program for Women, Infants and Children. School food and restaurant menus received a "C‟ grade for their slight progress in the last five years, with greater availability and variety in fruit and vegetable choices in fast food establishments and cafeterias.  A failing grade was assigned to the healthy food advertising category, due to the reduction in nutritious food advertising over time.

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    Events:
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    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 click here.  

    February 16-19, 2011
    Eastern Division Association, AAPHERD and New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Annual Convention
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    Leading the Way: Education, Service & Accountability"
    Ocean Place Resort & Spa
    Long Branch, NJ
    The Annual Convention is the premiere professional development event for health educators, physical educators, recreation, and dance professionals in New Jersey. Included in the three day event schedule are over 100 quality sessions, pre convention workshops, a fun run for charity, Awards Banquet and Grande Finale Giveaway.  National and State Teachers of the Year,  AAHPERD and EDA Presidents, as well as noted professionals in the field, are invited as special guests to share their expertise and enthusiasm. Opportunities to examine new and innovative products and services are provided by the many vendors in attendance. Click here for more information.

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