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ShapingNJ Welcomes New Partners

  • American Planning Association – New Jersey Chapter
    The mission of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association is to promote sound planning as a process and a body of knowledge essential to improving the quality of life of the citizens of New Jersey and all stakeholders with an interest in the state.

  • Healthfirst NJ
    Healthfirst NJ offers free or affordable health coverage to eligible children, parents and seniors.

  • Junior Leagues of New Jersey- State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC)
    SPAC is a statewide, non-partisan committee comprised of delegates from the eight Junior Leagues of New Jersey. SPAC advocates on behalf of women and children in the state in the areas of health, education and the environment.

  • NJ School Age Care Coalition (NJSACC)
    NJSACC promotes and supports the development, continuity and expansion of quality programs for children and youth during out-of-school time.

  • Nutrition Education 4 Kids
    Nutrition Education 4 Kids purpose is to educate schools to fight childhood obesity and reinvent school lunches by providing nutrition workshops for parents, teachers, nurses and students. A Registered Dietitian provides interactive and hands on customized workshops that inspire teachers and other school staff to incorporate nutrition education in their classes to help their students’ live long and healthy lives.

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    Note from the Director:
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    It seems that change is in the air!  We are unexpectedly welcoming a new Commissioner, as Dr. Alaigh resigned her position, effective last week, as a result of a serious family illness.  We are sorry to see her leave, as she was most supportive and enthusiastic of our work during her tenure with the department.  We wish her the best in all future endeavors.  Mary O'Dowd has been appointed as Acting Commissioner, and is expected to be confirmed as our new Commissioner in the very near future. Ms. O'Dowd had been serving as a Deputy Commissioner, and prior to that as Chief of Staff, so she is well versed in the programs and services our department provides. Prior to joining the department, she worked in financial management for the Emergency Department at New York University Medical Center. She is a graduate of Douglas College at Rutgers University and holds a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. We look forward to working with her and for her.  More change:  Megan Sullivan, our Nutrition Specialist is also leaving, and has accepted a position with the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council.  Ms. Sullivan has been a most energetic and versatile part of the ShapingNJ team, and though we most enthusiastically wish her well as she takes the next step in her career, she will be missed.

    Finally, please attend the May 5th Partnership Meeting to stay informed of ShapingNJ's progress to date and next steps as we move into Year 4 of the initiative.

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

    ShapingNJ Community Pilot Project
    In a successful collaboration of funds and resources, the Office of Nutrition & Fitness has joined forces with New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids, Partners for Health and, new ShapingNJ partner, Walgreens--the major national pharmacy chain--to fund 10 local health departments to implement ShapingNJ strategies to reverse the obesity epidemic.

    Health departments will work with community partners to focus on projects to increase residents' access to healthy foods and opportunities to be physically active.  Strategies being considered include community gardens, farmers markets, walking clubs and bicycle and trail signage.

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    ShapingNJ News:
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    ShapingNJ Launches the Training Calendar 
    As a first step toward the launch of the ShapingNJ Training Institute, we have published a three month calendar of training opportunities for April - June 2011.  This month's calendar includes links to live webinars as well as an online training course.   Look for the link to the training calendar each month in the newsletter and watch for our email updates on a monthly basis.  The training calendar is dedicated to training opportunities that support implementation of the ShapingNJ obesity prevention strategies and closely related topics.   The Training Calendar will include webinars and on-site trainings offered by national organizations, the Office of Nutrition and Fitness and ShapingNJ Partner Organizations. 

    Setting Workgroup Meetings
    Each of the five setting-based workgroups (child care, community, healthcare, schools, worksite/business) convened meetings this past month. These meetings were the forum for introducing coordinating partners, developing milestones and tasks for the coming year and identifying policy priorities for strategy implementation.  The framework for moving forward is now set. Coordinating Partners will convene strategy implementation group meetings in between larger setting meetings. 

    SAVE-THE-DATE for the upcoming ShapingNJ Full Partnership Meeting
    Building Capacity & Gathering Speed!
    Thursday, May 5, 2011
    9:00am-3:30pm
    (8:30am orientation for new partners)
    The Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Center for Health and Wellness
    3100 Quakerbridge Road, Mercerville NJ

    Keynote Speaker: Larry Cohen from the Prevention Institute, plus a report on strategy implementation progress in the five settings, promising practices, release new BRFSS (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System) survey data for NJ and strategic communications training. RSVP to ShapingNJ.ONF@doh.state.nj.us

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    ShapingNJ Partner News:
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    Grow Healthy New Jersey Provides Mini-Grants to Nine New Jersey Schools
    Nine New Jersey Schools were awarded $7,500.00 mini grants through Grow Healthy New Jersey, a Team Nutrition grant funded by the USDA, to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and to the Department of Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS), Rutgers Cooperative Extension.   Each school will plant a garden, and promote fruit and vegetable consumption through fun, interactive lessons and activities.

    Toms River Regional School District Partners with the Ocean County Master Gardeners (OCMG) Program 
    Toms River Regional School district is collaborating with the Ocean County Master Gardeners (OCMG) program to conduct a garden mentoring program with an elementary, intermediate, and two high schools in the district. Boxes will be customized to the area available at each school.  Students, teachers and nurses will plant, weed and maintain the gardens and the products will be incorporated into a variety of recipes for school meals.  

    Campbell's Soup Company Joins National Sodium Reduction Initiative (NSRI)
    Campbell's is one of seven new companies that have pledged to reduce the salt content of packaged food and restaurant food by twenty-five percent by 2014. 

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    Three NJ Communities Selected to Join ACHIEVE
    CDC's ACHIEVE communities (Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and EnVironmental changE) develop and implement policy, systems, and environmental change strategies that can help prevent or manage health risk factors for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and arthritis.  Click here to view the list of NJ ACHIEVE communities for 2011.

    Health Commissioner Alaigh Steps Down
    Due to an urgent family illness New Jersey's Health Commissioner resigned, effective Friday, April, 1, 2011. Mary O'Dowd has been appointed Acting Commissioner. 

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    National News:
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    Department of Health and Human Services Release Purchasing Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations 
    On March 24, 2011, the federal government released guidelines for food available for purchase at federal facilities.  The goal of these guidelines is to help contractors maximize healthy and sustainable food service by increasing the offering of healthier food and beverage choices. In alignment with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Guidelines encourage the availability of, among other things, foods free of synthetic trans fat, seasonal vegetables and fruits, and foods with limited sodium. The Guidelines are applicable to all food service concession operations and vending machines managed by HHS and GSA. 

    USDA Expands Assistance for Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program in Schools 
    On March 23, 2010, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the expansion of the USDA's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for the 2011-2012 school year. The assistance will provide free fresh fruit and vegetables to children throughout the school day.  USDA estimates that the expanded assistance, depending on enrollment and the allotment spent on each child, could help schools serve an additional 600,000 to 950,000 students in the 2011-2012 school year.

    2011 National Physical Education and Sport Week May 1st -7th
    The theme for the 2011 Physical Education and Sport Week is "Let's Move in School."  Each year the National Association for Sport and Physical Education develops activities for teachers and students to engage in during this week. All K-12 physical education teachers are encouraged to take advantage of these resources.  Click here to visit NASBE's Teacher Toolbox.

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    Events:
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    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, April 14, 2011
    Fit Family Forum: Child Obesity Prevention in Our Communities
    4:45pm-7:45pm
     
    Main Auditorium, Englewood Hospital & Medical Center

    The Englewood Area Community Foundation invites you to the "Fit Families Forum," an informative and entertaining event presenting local initiatives to prevent childhood obesity in Bergen County.  Click here for the Save-the-Date.

    Saturday April 16, 2011
    Healthy Kids Day
    11:00am - 2:00pm
    Summit YMCA, 67 Maple Street Summit NJ

    This event is free and open to the community - bring the family! There will be a 70 foot blow-up obstacle course, tot trot, arts and crafts, a number of health vendors, carnival games, prizes and much more.  Vendors include:  Overlook Hospital, Proper Shoe Fitting, NJ Arthritis Foundation, Summit First Aid Squad, The Summit Fire Department. For more information call: 908-273-3330.

    Saturday, April 30, 2011 "Move It to Lose It"
    2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Village Plaza, Easton Avenue, Somerset, NJ
    "Move It to Lose It" is an outdoor healthy living expo which will feature healthy food, dance, and other fitness demonstrations. The goal of this event is to promote and spread awareness of the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle.  Dance and fitness demonstrations will highlight the muscle movement that each various style of dance works.  Inside the studio, dance marathons will take place during the day highlighting Bhangra, a traditional high energy Indian dance form, Hip-Hop and Zumba, the newest Latin dance craze. Each marathon will last an hour and fifteen minutes and will include training by popular choreographers. For event and sponsorship information contact Jeanie Beri at 848-219-6912 or Dr. Naveen Mehrotra at 732-819-8800 or visit www.moveittoloseit.org.

    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: http://www.fscnj.org/

    Thursday, May 12, 2011 American Cancer Society Choose You Day
    The American Cancer Society is challenging companies and teams nationwide to put health first by rallying employees around national Choose You Day each May.  Choose You Day offers an easy opportunity for your team and company to have fun, encourage healthy lifestyles, and support the American Cancer Society's lifesaving mission.  Register your team and invite participants to sign up online. 

    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

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011
    6th Annual School Day Game

    Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
    Learn Your ABC's...Academics, Basketball & Cheering!
    Enjoy the fun and excitement of a Liberty game! For more information contact Matt Cohen at: Matt.Cohen@thegarden.com or 212-465-3919.

    Sunday, June 12, 2011
    "Race to Save Lives Through Organ and Tissue Donation." 
    NJ Sharing Network Headquarters New Providence, NJ
    Walk or run in honor of those who gave, on behalf of those who received and with the hope for those who continue to wait for an organ or tissue transplant. Share NJ 5K Walk/Run is a certified road race hosted by the New Providence Business Association in partnership with NJ Sharing Network Foundation for donor families, transplant recipients, family members and friends, medical professionals, living donors and community partners. This fun, family-oriented event will include awards, prizes and activities for all ages. To sign up visit: www.ShareNJ5K.org.

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011
    Thursday, August 4, 2011
    NY Liberty 4th Annual Camp Day
    Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
    Bring your campers to the Prudential Center and enjoy the fun and excitement of a Liberty game! For more information contact Matt Cohen at: Matt.Cohen@thegarden.com or 212-465-3919.

     

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