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ShapingNJ Welcomes New Partners

  • Civic Eye Collaborative
    Civic Eye Collaborative uses the latest technology to engage the public in urban planning. Led by a multidisciplinary team, this organization develops transportation and land use plans in addition to providing trainings, multimedia projects, and community outreach to improve public participation in the planning process.

  • East Coast Greenway Alliance
    The East Coast Greenway Alliance is a non-profit organization that works to develop the East Coast Greenway – a trail system that runs from Canada to Florida. The Alliance provides assistance to states, counties, and municipalities to build trail sections, post signage, create maps, and designate trails as part of the larger system.

  • Somerset County Department of Health
    The Somerset County Department of Health provides services to the residents of Somerset County to improve quality of life, ensure public health and safety, and prevent environmental hazards.

  • New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids – Camden
    Camden is one of five New Jersey cities participating in the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids, an initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and coordinated by the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance, to prevent childhood obesity in New Jersey.

  • Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
    The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) provides support and information to families in need to ensure that children receive quality education and health care services.

  • New Jersey Public Health Association
    The New Jersey Public Health Association is the state affiliate of the American Public Health Association. NJPHA consists of hundreds of public health professionals who seek to improve the health of New Jersey residents.

  • NJDHSS Office on Women’s Health
    The New Jersey Office on Women’s Health (OWH) raises awareness of women’s health issues across the lifespan, coordinates and develops programs to improve women’s health, and serves as a resource for information.

  • La Leche League of the Garden State Area Network
    La Leche League of the Garden State Area Network is a network of La Leche Leagues throughout New Jersey that provide education, information, support and encouragement to women who want to or are breastfeeding.

  • ParamCARE Foundation
    ParamCARE seeks to educate and increase awareness about health and nutrition in a culturally sensitive manner, providing healthcare education outreach, dietician counseling, and counseling to victims and families of domestic violence as well as cancer survivors.

  • St. Francis Medical Center
    St. Francis Medical Center, located in Trenton, New Jersey, is sponsored by Hope Ministries and is a member of Catholic Health East. They provide healthcare services along with community outreach and health education programs.

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    Note from the Director:
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     This month I really want to thank our partners - old and new - for the tremendous turnout at our annual partnership meeting on May 5th.We had nearly 200 people attend, and from a first glance at the evaluations, it was a real success.  Reviews were very positive for the program, and presenters were well received.  I also want to thank our partners who presented and showcased the good work that they are doing. I wish we had time to highlight more of what is going on, but there is never enough time.  Next year we will build in some networking time, as we know that was lacking.  Thanks again to all who came out, and I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather and taking advantage of the opportunity to be physically active outdoors -- finally. Look for our next newsletter in July, as we are taking a break in June while staff travels to various conferences.

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

    Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI):
    During April, three half-day technical assistance site visits with grantee hospitals were conducted by Dr. Lori Feldman-Winter and Dr. Anne Merewood. These visits included tours of the facilities; observations with regard to the facility in general, mother-baby care, visible support for breastfeeding, and staff/worksite lactation support facilities; and, meetings with staff and patients to gain an understanding of the successes and challenges inherent in implementation of the Baby Friendly Initiative. 

    At one of the site visits, a mother who just delivered her second child said that her experience in the delivery room and with breastfeeding initiation was much more positive than it had been when she delivered her first child. She mentioned that breastfeeding "didn't work" with her first child, but she was able to start breastfeeding within the first hour because of the new baby-friendly procedures in place. The remaining seven site visits are scheduled and will be completed in June.

     

    ShapingNJ Community Pilot Project
    The ten ShapingNJ community pilots were highlighted in a recent press release from Department of Health and Senior Services Acting Commissioner Mary O'Dowd. To see the article, click here.

     

    ShapingNJ Child Care Licensing Regulations Issue Brief
    This premiere ShapingNJ issue brief highlights select best practice recommendations that have been submitted to the Office of Licensing for revisions to the NJ Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers (Chapter 122) so that evidence based practices in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, TV limitations and breastfeeding support are implemented.

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    Assessing ShapingNJ: Second Annual Partnership Survey
    On May 24, 2011, all ShapingNJ partners will receive an email requesting participation in a survey that assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the ShapingNJ partnership. Nearly 75% of partners participated last year and we are hoping to have an even better response this year. Please keep an eye out for this survey -- we look forward to hearing your opinions about ShapingNJ.

     

    ShapingNJ Partners Meet to Tackle Obesity in New Jersey
    ShapingNJ held its annual meeting on May 5, 2011 at the Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Center for Health and Wellness in Mercerville, NJ. Nearly 200 individuals representing ShapingNJ partner organizations attended. The meeting opened with Assistant Commissioner Gloria Rodriguez delivering welcome remarks, demonstrating the DHSS's support for this work. 

    Keynote speaker Larry Cohen, founder of Prevention Institute, motivated partners with a strong endorsement for the broad social change that ShapingNJ aims to create.  By preventing obesity, we reduce the need to treat its devastating effects, including diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.  Cohen noted prevention is a wise investment, saving $5.60 in health care and other costs for every $1 invested.

    Sheree Vodicka and Brooke Findley from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch focused on key messaging and how to co-brand partner efforts with ShapingNJ to mobilize broad social change and sustain it, and Marty Kearns form PreventObesity.net presented cutting edge, social networking tools for far-reaching and speedy communication.

    DHSS also released new New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) data. The new data points to the lack of safety-real or perceived-as a barrier to physical activity. Physical activity is essential to preventing obesity and chronic disease. Residents of low-income neighborhoods and residents who are part of an ethnic or racial minority group especially encounter lack of safety as a barrier to being active. 

    ShapingNJ partners are spearheading multiple statewide initiatives to increase access to healthy food and beverages and increase daily opportunities to be physically active.  Meeting participants heard five updates from partners on these promising efforts in communities, schools, child care agencies, hospitals and worksites.

    To prepare for next steps as the partnership moves into its 4th year, participants reviewed a list of possible actions they and their organizations could take to implement ShapingNJ obesity prevention strategies.  Beyond strategy implementation, partners are serving key roles as advocates and champions for the creation of healthy, active environments for all New Jersey residents.

     

    ShapingNJ Training Calendar
    This month's calendar includes links to live webinars as well as an online training course. The training calendar is dedicated to training opportunities that support implementation of the ShapingNJ obesity prevention strategies and closely related topics. It includes webinars and on-site trainings offered by national organizations, the Office of Nutrition & Fitness and ShapingNJ Partner Organizations. 

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    NJ Future Announces Smart Growth Awards and Presents the Smart Growth Photo Contest
    NJ Future recently announced their 10th Anniversary Smart Growth Award Winners. The eight awardees will be honored on June 9, 2011 at their annual celebration. A description of the awardees and their projects can be found here. In addition, NJ Future is hosting a photo contest for images relating to smart growth, including: walkable communities, mixed-use downtowns, redeveloped areas, vibrant civic spaces, alternative transportation such as walking, biking, public transit, preserved farms and natural spaces.  Images that convey a sense of community vitality with people are strongly encouraged.   

     

    VOLT Wellness and Family Resource Network Announce GetFit Program
    VOLT Wellness, in conjunction with the Family Resource Network, is looking for candidates in Bergen County to take part in their new program, GetFit. GetFit is an all-inclusive and changing therapeutic fitness circuit designed for individuals with special needs, ages 5 to 18 years. The 12-week program also includes life and social skills sessions.  Funding is provided by the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities. Please call Volt Wellness (201-857-3801) for more information or to take part in the first execution of GetFit.

     

    Jersey City's "365 Days of Green" Links to Sustainable Jersey and Garden State Urban Farms
    Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy and city officials recently kicked off their "365 Days of Green" campaign to promote sustainable living throughout the year. As part of their efforts, they will be applying for Sustainable Jersey designation with their Green Team as well as developing two greenhouses that will be operated by Garden State Urban Farms.

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    New Jersey Complete Streets Policy Ranked #1 in the US
    The National Complete Streets Coalition recently released a report examining the Complete Streets Policies in place in 23 states. Of these states, New Jersey's Department of Transportation Complete Streets Policy was the strongest internal policy in the country. The report also highlights the outreach to local and county government the NJDOT provided. New Jersey's policy is now a model for other states!

     

    Hoboken Receives Gold Level Award for Walk Friendly Communities
    The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) announced the inaugural round of Walk Friendly Communities (WFC). Eleven communities were recognized for their commitment to improving walkability and pedestrian safety through comprehensive programs, plans and policies. Hoboken was one of four communities in the nation to receive a Gold Level Award.

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    Proposed Menu Labeling Rules Open for Comment
    On April 6, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two proposed menu labeling regulations required under the Affordable Care Act. The first rule, Food Labeling: Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments (ID# FDA-2011-F-0172-0001) would require chain restaurants and retail food establishments to post calorie content and related information. The second rule, Food Labeling: Calorie Labeling of Articles of Food in Vending Machines (ID# FDA-2011-F-0171-0001) would require calorie posting for vending machines. 

     

    Department of Health and Human Services Discontinues the Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System and the Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System
    In April 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System and the Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System (PedNSS and PNSS) will be discontinued in Fall 2012 after the results of the 2011 surveys are released. These surveillance systems currently provide information about nutritional status and behaviors of pregnant women and young children. In particular, these systems provide information about the proportion of low-income children who are obese in states and territories. The CDC will work with states and collaborating agencies to identify ways to fill any resulting data gaps.

     

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Release the 2011 Children's Food Environment State Indicator Report and Action Guide
    On April 26, 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report that provides state-level information about food access, regulation, and policies that are linked with improving childhood obesity. A national action guide further explains the report and provides resources and action steps to address childhood obesity.

     

    Guidelines for Food Marketing to Children Released
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established an Interagency Working Group of nutrition, health, and marketing experts to develop guidelines and recommendations for the nutritional quality of food marketed to children. The Working Group is seeking public comments on draft voluntary guidelines that would urge food companies and restaurants to market foods to children that only are low in saturated and trans fat, sugars, and sodium such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

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    May is Employees Health and Fitness Month
    The New Jersey Council of Physical Fitness and Sports, the National Association for Health and Fitness and ACTIVE Life established May as Employee Fitness month to encourage companies throughout the country to create, share and promote movements, groups and projects for health at work.

     

    Green Faith's Food Month -Start a Garden!
    From backyards, to window sills, to growing numbers of religious institutions, gardening is sweeping the country.  In this second week of GreenFaith's Food Month, we'd like to encourage you to start a garden at your house of worship or school.  It's a great way to get members of your community involved, to grow some healthy food, and to have fun.

     

    Sunday, May 21, 2011
    East Coast Greenway (ECG) "Walking Challenge"
    "The Big Walk"
    The challenge: To walk 100 miles this year along the ECG in NJ. You can walk the miles anywhere but you can get started by walking from Metro Park in Edison, NJ to Penn Station, NYC. 

     

    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.

     

    Friday June 3, 2011
    New Jersey Foundation for Aging 13th Annual Conference: Living and Aging Well in NJ
    8:00am - 3:00pm
    Crowne Plaza, 390 Forsgate Road, Jamesburg, NJ

    Learn about new and innovative approaches in promoting wellness and prevention for seniors, be informed  about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on seniors, evidence-based models for seniors living in the community, and professional ethics and policy work that enables residents to age well. To register, complete this form and send to mchalker@njfoundationforaging.org or fax to: 609-421-2006.

     

    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, click here.

     

    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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