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ShapingNJ Welcomes 3 New Partners!

  • Clifton Health Department
  • Campbells’ Soup Company
  • United Way of North Essex
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    Note From the Director:
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    Welcome to 2011!  Our mantra here at the Office of Nutrition & Fitness is "2011 is going to be different."  We say this with humor, but we anticipate an even more focused and productive year as we continue to implement projects and initiatives that will impact obesity rates over time.

    We also want to welcome Gloria Rodriguez, our new Assistant Commissioner.  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.  She is getting to know our office and the ShapingNJ initiative, and we look forward to working under her guidance.

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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
    The selection process for hospital mini-grants for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative was completed on December 13th.  Twenty-one hospitals submitted applications, and ten were selected to receive $10,000 mini-grants and technical assistance. The hospitals are:

       AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
       Capital Health
       CentraState Medical Center
       Cooper University Hospital
       Hunterdon Healthcare System
       Jersey Shore University Medical Center
       Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center
       Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
       Saint Barnabas Medical Center
       South Jersey Regional Medical Center - Vineland

    The grantees represent a cross-section of inner city and rural New Jersey hospitals, including those that serve low-income residents and disparate populations. A kick-off meeting for grantees will be held on January 10th at the NJ Hospital Association.  Trish MacEnroe, Executive Director of Baby-Friendly USA will be present at the kick-off.

    Child Care Licensing Requirements
    Working with the NJ Association for Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, an Ad Hoc Advisory Group has compiled recommendations to the Department of Licensing for revisions to child care regulations in NJ designed to reduce obesity rates.  Content areas for the recommendations include: nutrition, TV/screen time, physical activity and breastfeeding.  The recommendations are based on results of focus groups held throughout the state between June and October and incorporate best practices referenced in Caring for our Children - Select Standards (July 2010), the Institute of Medicine Recommendations for Child and Adult Care Food Program Meal Patterns, and others.  NJ Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies have identified 105 child care programs (5 in each county) to receive Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment in Child Care (NAP SACC) training, technical assistance and $100 Mini-Grants to support sustainable change.  Training activities will begin in January 2011.

    Local Health Department Mini Grants
    Eight local health departments will be receiving mini-grant awards to create healthy, active community environments. ONF will support projects in three communities with federal funding under the Communities Putting Prevention to Work - State and Territorial Initiative. Two private foundations will be supporting the five additional communities. We hope to identify funding for a ninth community project, as well.

    Local health departments and their community partners will be piloting implementation of the ShapingNJ community strategies. Projects include:  creating, signing and promoting walking and biking trails, cultivating community gardens, working with local snack vendors to provide healthy options, and working with local farmer's markets to enable them to accept electronic benefit transfers. 

    ONF and its ShapingNJ funding partners are also providing technical assistance, including site visits, to assist communities in building a sustainable capacity to implement healthy change.

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    ShapingNJ News:
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    A webinar is scheduled for ShapingNJ Coordinating Partners on Wednesday, January 26th 2011 at 10am. It is intended for those coordinating partners who missed the October 19th meeting, but all are welcome. The purpose of the webinar is to review the implementation structure of ShapingNJ, ONF roles and the monthly reporting process. 

    Strategy Implementation Group (SIG) lists were shared with Coordinating Partners before the New Year.  We anticipate that SIG meetings will begin shortly. If you are interested in helping to implement one of the 23 ShapingNJ policy and environmental change strategies, contact the Office of Nutrition and Fitness at: shapingnj.onf@doh.state.nj.us.

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    ShapingNJ Partner News:
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    Campbells' Announces Newly Appointed Director of Childhood Obesity and Hunger Program
    Kim Fremont Fortunato has been appointed to lead a multi-year plan to reduce childhood obesity and hunger by 50 percent over the next 10 years.  Program efforts will focus in Camden, Campbells' hometown since 1869, but also include other locations where Campbells' has operations in the United States. Fortunato will work with government officials, non-profit partners and the medical community at all levels to build this program into Campbells' signature community program.  Ms. Fremont Fortunato is based at Campbells' World Headquarters in Camden.  Click here for the press release.

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    New Jersey News/Legislation:
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    The Urban Farming Bill was passed by the Assembly Budget Committee. The bill, A-2859, authorizes the sale and lease of unneeded public property to certain nonprofits for gardening and urban farming and exempts such urban farms from property taxation. 

    Jersey Fresh Farm to School bill (A2854) passed in both houses and is now waiting to be signed by the governor.  This bill will establish "Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week" and promulgate the Department of Agriculture to develop a program to encourage schools to participate in school meal programs, expand or improve kitchen facilities to allow for meal production that includes more, fresh, locally grown produce.

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    Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act - the $4.5 billion dollar Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act, also known as the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 has been signed into law. The act is an important step towards the transformation of school meals nationwide, and one that has been at the forefront of health food and child health advocates for months.

    Highlights that align with ShapingNJ strategies include:

    Schools will be eligible for performance-based incentives -- an increase of the federal reimbursement for school meals, of six cents per meal -- for supplying breakfast and lunches that meet nutrition standards outlined in the bill.

    The USDA is required to develop new meal patterns and update the nutrition standards for meals and snacks in schools. Standards must be reassessed every 10 years or sooner.

    The USDA has the authority to establish national nutrition standards for all food products sold on school grounds.

    School districts in areas determined high-poverty, or with dense concentrations of low-income children, can receive federal reimbursement for free or reduced-priced meals. Funds will be made available to state agencies and local community organizations promoting nutrition education and obesity prevention. This includes education on healthy food choices in accordance with current U.S. dietary guidelines and physical fitness programs aimed at limiting screen time.

    Water must be available and free of charge during school meals.

    The USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services will establish programs to promote healthy eating and reduce childhood obesity. The focus will be on using the principles of behavioral economics research to help influence healthy choices at a young age.

    The new law promotes breastfeeding through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program by creating performance bonuses for up to 15 state agencies that demonstrate increased or high rates of breastfeeding for newborn children. Additionally, the law allows for contingency reserve funds to be used to purchase breast pumps.

    Produce for Better Health Foundation has published two new reports, 2010 State of the Plate Report - A Study on America's Consumption of Fruits & Vegetables, and 2010 Gap Analysis: The Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Challenge - How Federal Spending Falls Short of Addressing Public Health Needs.  The State of the Plate report examines the nation's produce consumption.  The 2010 Gap Analysis explores the gap between actual and recommended fruit and vegetable consumption and whether federal spending reflects the urgency of the diet and health challenges facing the American people.  Click here to view these reports.

    The National Fruit & Vegetable Alliance (NFVA) announces a new public-private partnership, Let's Move Salad Bars to SchoolsThe goal of this public health initiative is to give every child the choice of healthy fruits and vegetables at school.  The initiative is tied to First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign.  NFVA, along with the initiative's founding partners, Food Family Farming Foundation and United Fresh Produce Association, has already raised funds to supply more than 600 new school salad bars this year.   The Association of State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Director's Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Council is a NFVA member.  All schools and districts that participate in the National School Lunch Program may apply for a salad bar donation.  

    Ikea gives employees bikes as a Holiday thank you.
    Ikea's U.S. President, Mike Ward, announced the give-away of 12,400 bicycles which were custom-made for Ikea, to show appreciation for employees' hard work - and offer an incentive for them to bike to work.

    "This is our way of saying ‘thanks Ikea co-workers for being strongly committed to working together,'" Ward said in a release announcing the giveaway. "We hope this bike will be taken in the spirit of the season while supporting a healthy lifestyle and everyday sustainable transport."
     

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    Events:
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    February 16-19, 2011
    Eastern Division Association, AAPHERD and New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Annual Convention
    "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.

    Saturday, February 26, 2011
    New Jersey Farm to School Distribution Solutions and Supply Chain Forum
    8 am at Rutgers Eco-Complex
    Bordentown, NJ
    Schools across the country are finding ways to get local produce into their school feeding programs. Hear from three panels of speakers which include farmers, distributors and food service professionals who are successfully doing this. Who should attend? Food service professionals, farmers and distributors interested in hearing local procurement success stories in all three segments of school feeding programs. To register, click here.

    To learn more and see an agenda of speakers, click here.

    Friday, May 13, 2011
    The New Jersey Dietetic Association

    79th Annual Meeting
    Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
    New Brunswick, NJ
    More information to follow.

    Sponsorship opportunities available - Click here to download Adobe PDF  

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