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ShapingNJ Welcomes New Partners

  • Autism New Jersey
  • Boys and Girls Clubs in NJ
  • E-Fitness, Inc.
  • Englewood Area Community Foundation
  • New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Office of Local Public Health
  • Proodian Healthcare, LLC
  • Shri Krishna Nidhi (SKN) Foundation
  • Studio V Health
  • Toms River Schools
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    Note From the Director:
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    "We would like to wish all the best in his retirement to a wonderful person: Gary Graham, Executive Director of the New Jersey State Alliance of the YMCA, Program Director for the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids, and valued member of the ShapingNJ Executive and Sustainability Committee. Gary has provided invaluable wisdom to many of our ONF staff members, energized ShapingNJ meetings with his humor and creativity and helped us understand--based on his own experience shepherding the Y Alliance--the principles of a genuine and sustainable partnership. These are principles he has modeled while he has worked with the partnership: listening with openness and respect to diverse perspectives, making sure that benefits of partnership flow to all partners and sharing credit for successes.

    We sincerely hope that Gary will find ways to continue to "shape" New Jersey in his inimitable ways--while still finding time to enjoy the next phase of his life. Good luck Gary!

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

    The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
    On January 10, 2011, the NJ Hospital Association hosted a Baby Friendly Training event for the 10 funded hospitals across the state. Multidisciplinary teams attended from each hospital presenting their baby-friendly experience to the group. Nationally recognized breastfeeding experts Lori Feldman-Winter, MD, MPH, FAAP and Anne Merewood, PhD, MPH, IBCLC provided training and Trish MacEnroe, Executive Director of Baby-Friendly USA, facilitated a question and answer session on "The Baby-FriendlyTM Journey."

    The first technical assistance call was held on February 9th. with the 10 awarded hospitals. Dr. Lori Feldman-Winter, Anne Merewood and NJPCORE staff facilitated this one hour session. Each hospital shared current activities, successes/barriers and specific questions about implementation of the 10 Steps.

    Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) Trainings throughout New Jersey
    With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Office of Nutrition & Fitness is collaborating with the NJ Association for Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NJACCRRA) to conduct trainings for child care providers about child nutrition, physical activity and limiting TV viewing. The Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) program targets child care policy, practice and environmental influences on nutrition and physical activity behaviors in young children. The New Jersey initiative, through ShapingNJ, aims to decrease obesity in young children ages 2 - 5. During the first half of 2011, NAP SACC trainings are being conducted in every county throughout the state. Child Care Centers serving 2 - 5 year old children can contact the child care resource and referral agency in their county for further details. The trainings will prepare center staff for child care licensing changes that are expected by December, 2011.

    ShapingNJ Community Pilot Project
    Three local health departments, Irvington, Paterson and Warren County, have been awarded $15,000 minigrants to implement ShapingNJ  community strategies to increase access to healthy food and physical activity opportunities.  Additionally, two ShapingNJ  partners agreed to fund six more sites.  The New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids, through funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is supporting four local health departments: Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth County and Monmouth Regional Health Commission.  Partners for Health is funding two more departments, Montclair and Nutley.  All sites will receive enhanced technical assistance and will learn how to implement  and sustain ShapingNJ  strategies at the community level. 

    On January 12, Kate Kraft, Ph.D., moderated  a Webinar on community success stories in active living and healthy eating. The speakers were Lucy Gomez from Logan Square Development Association in Chicago on the development of walking and biking opportunities in an urban neighborhood, and Ian Marvy from an urban agriculture project in Red Hook, Brooklyn. 

    On February 9, 2011, ONF hosted a "Getting to Know the ShapingNJ Communities" webinar.  The webinar provided an introduction to the ShapingNJ pilot communities and the strategy implementation work ahead. Each community team shared their selected strategy and the anticipated work plan for implementation over the next year.

    Future Webinars and teleconferences will feature presentations on tools and resources available through ShapingNJ  as well as such key health-promoting New Jersey efforts as Sustainable Jersey, the Mayor's Wellness Campaign,  Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School. Please contact us if you would like registration information on future Webinars.


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    ShapingNJ News:
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    We will be holding our first quarterly setting workgroup meetings in March. These meetings will provide a structure for the strategy implementation work ahead. Coordinating partners will be introduced and work plans reviewed. We are looking forward to convening the workgroups  -- Stay tuned for meeting details.

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    ShapingNJ Partner News:
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    Fan4Kids wins $20,000 Coca-Cola Foundation Active Healthy Living Grant 
    The Coca-Cola Foundation Active Healthy Living grant will support the expansion of the FAN4Kids program into two additional elementary schools.

    The FAN4Kids program is designed to prevent the problems of poor eating and inactivity before they become an issue by providing, "lessons that last a lifetime." FAN4Kids is a Hoboken, NJ non-profit education service company that provides a comprehensive nutrition and physical activity education program for low-income children in New York and New Jersey (Click here for more information). This expansion will include 250 students in South Bronx and Queens public elementary schools. Click here to read the full press release.

    Arthur & Friends Works to Expand Hydroponic Greenhouses
    The greenhouse farms are part of an expanding program called Arthur & Friends, started by Wendie Blanchard in Sussex County. Wendie's goal is simple: "fresh food for everyone." We want to supply local bodegas with good, nutritious, affordable vegetables." The final products go to restaurants, grocery stores, food pantries and farmers markets.  

    Riverside Community Supported School Garden:
    Healthy Children/Healthy Planet Garden Residence in Princeton
    Riverside Elementary School in Princeton will have a "garden artist in residence" this year.  Dorothy Mullen, who has been running the garden program for ten years reports that every child in the school (pre-K through 5th grade) will now participate in the Healthy Children, Healthy Planet Residency.   Activities focus on the connections between growing food organically, environmental stewardship, tastings, and preparing healthy kid-friendly recipes.  The PTO and the Princeton School Garden Cooperative provided a mobile kitchen and a food cart with various appliances for the Residency program.

    Riverside is a community supported school garden (CSSG) and regularly hosts tours and training workshops for teachers, administrators, parents or anyone who wants to learn how to create and maintain outdoor classrooms.  For information about these activities, please contact Dorothy Mullen:

    Thirteen Leading School Meals Manufacturers, Group Purchasing Organizations and Technology Companies Team Up with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to Make Healthier School Lunches Possible for more than 30 Million Students
    Manufacturers have committed to aggressively promote products that align with the Alliance's Healthy Schools Program standards and will help schools meet or exceed USDA requirements. Product commitments fall in one of the following categories within the Alliance's science-based guidelines for school foods:

    • Lean protein products, such as lean red meat, skinless poultry, lean deli meats, fat-free or low-fat cheese, beans, and tofu.
    • Low-fat lunch entrées with reduced total fat, saturated fat and sodium levels.
    • Whole-grain products, such as bread, pasta and pizza crust.
    • Fresh, canned or frozen fruit.
    • Non-fried vegetables.
    • Zero trans fat cooking oils.

    Click here to read the full press release. 

    The New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center
    Supportive Policy, the First Step Toward Healthier Trips to School
    In 2010, the New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center released their model walking and bicycling to school policies. The Resource center is encouraging schools throughout the state to help get students out of cars by adopting policies that are supportive of walking and biking to school.  The New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center, sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and run through the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, worked with school policy experts to develop model policies that address walking and bicycling to and from school that can easily be adapted and modified by individual schools and school boards.

    To view both model policies and a detailed fact sheet on why schools should adopt policies on walking and bicycling, please visit the publications page of the New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center website at

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    New Jersey News/Legislation:
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    Governor Christie signs bill allowing advertisements on school buses 
    On January 6, 2011, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law allowing school districts to sell advertising space on school bus exteriors owned or leased by the school district.  Half of all revenue generated will be used to offset transportation costs, while the other 50 percent will be used at the discretion of the Board of Education.  All advertisements will be approved by the local Board of Education, and tobacco, alcohol and political advocacy ads are prohibited. Although there is general concern about the type of advertising - this could be an excellent opportunity to enhance obesity prevention efforts through advertisements about healthy choices and active living.

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    National News:
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    2010 Dietary Guidelines Released on January 31, 2011
    The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for American's focus on balancing calories with physical activity and encourage Americans to consume more healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat free and low fat dairy products and seafood.  The guidelines recommend consuming less sodium, saturated fat and transfats, added sugars and refined grains, and include 23 key recommendations for the general public and six additional recommendations for specific populations.  Click here to read the press release and the executive summary.

    Boar's Head® Offers Solutions to the USDA Dietary Guidelines Sodium Reduction Recommendation
    Boar's Head was the first deli meat and cheese manufacturer to sign on to the National Salt Reduction Initiative (NSRI) announced last year by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The company offers more than 20 lower sodium deli meats and cheeses. These include the new Black Forest Brand 25% Lower Sodium Smoked Ham, as well as some of the brand's most popular products.

    Comment Period: Break Time for Nursing Mothers 
    In late December, the Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor published a Request for Information outlining the Department's preliminary interpretations of the "Break Time for Nursing Mothers" provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  This provision requires employers to provide reasonable break time and a place for nursing mothers to express breast milk for one year after their child's birth.  The Department of Labor is now seeking information and comments for review as it determines how best to help employers and employees understand the requirements of the law.  Issues to be considered include:  adequate time to express breast milk; providing space to express breast milk; and how to best communicate the law to both nursing mothers and employers.  Comments must be submitted by February 22nd.

    USDA Unveils Critical Upgrades to Nutritional Standards for School Meals
    On January 13, 2011 the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a proposed rule to update the nutrition standards for meals served through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The new proposed meal requirements will raise standards for the first time in fifteen years and will make critical changes to school meals. The proposed changes to school meal standards would add more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat milk to meals. In addition, schools would be required to limit the levels of saturated fat, sodium, calories, and trans fats in school meals.

    Wal-Mart Plans to Promote Healthy Foods
    In late January, Wal-Mart announced a 5-year plan that includes reducing the prices of fruit and vegetable and reducing unhealthy fats, salts and sugars in packaged foods. The program builds on the first lady's "Let's Move!" campaign to fight childhood obesity and improve availability of healthier foods in areas lacking supermarkets.

    Wal-Mart will encourage its suppliers to reformulate a wide variety of packaged food items, with reductions in sodium, added sugars, and removing all remaining industrially produced trans fats and partially-hydrogenated oils.

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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 have figured out how to do 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, March 4, 2011 
    NJ Future Redevelopment Forum
    Hyatt Hotel and Conference Center
    New Brunswick, NJ
    Join experienced local leaders and professionals as they explain, step-by-step, how to achieve innovative, high-quality, community-minded redevelopment in light of current economic and environmental constraints. Workshops are structured in a hands-on, case-study format, featuring instructors who have faced the challenges of redevelopment in communities throughout New Jersey. For more information, click here.

    Monday, March 7, 2011
    School Gardens: From Seed Packets to Soup Pots!
    Princeton Public Library St., 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Community Room, first floor,  65 Witherspoon Princeton, NJ.
    This is a FREE workshop for teachers, parents, administrators and interested members of the community sponsored by The Princeton School Gardens Cooperative and the Princeton Public Library. There will be speakers, break­out sessions and panel talks on specific topic areas, including how to make easy recipes in the classroom and how to create garden clubs. Come learn and share what to plant, how to incorporate homegrown food into lessons, how to connect the garden to the classroom and how to raise money and awareness in your community so you can plant the seeds of change!

    East Coast Greenway (ECG) "Walking Challenge"
    The challenge: To walk 100 miles this year along the ECG in NJ. You can walk the miles anywhere but there are three specific events you can attend to get started. 

    April 9, 2011 - "Great Canal Walk" Trenton to New Brunswick 
    April 16, 2011 - New Brunswick to Metropark   
    May 21, 2011 - "The Big Walk" - Metropark to Penn Station, NYC  

    Thursday, May 12, 2011
    7th Annual Women's Caregiver Retreat
    Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Center for Health and Wellness
    3100 Quakerbridge Road, Mercerville, NJ 08619
    The Office of Nutrition & Fitness, in partnership with the Office on Women's Health, the Family Support Center of NJ, the Division of Aging & Community Services and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association present the 7th Annual Retreat for Women Caregivers on Thursday, May 12, 2011, in recognition of National Women's Health Week.  The event will be at the Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness. For more information, contact FSCNJ at 732-528-8080 or ONF at 609-292-2209. Online Registration opens April 1, 2011 at:

    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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