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ShapingNJ Welcomes New Partners

  • Burlington County Community Action Program (BCCAP) Head Start & Early Head Start
    Burlington County Community Action Program (BCCAP) is a private, non-profit social service agency that serves the low-income population of Burlington County. The Head Start program specializes in comprehensive health, educational, nutritional, social and other services for eligible families with children ages 3 to 5. In addition, the Early Head Start program provides services for expecting mothers and families with children from infant to 3 years.

  • First Episcopal District Health Commission AME Church
    The First Episcopal District, the oldest Episcopal District in African Methodism, is composed of seven Annual Conferences, sixteen Presiding Elder Districts and more than three hundred congregations. The mission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is to minister to the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and environmental needs of all people.

  • Fit Esteem, LLC
    Fit Esteem seeks to inspire and empower people to be physically active and fit throughout the entire lifespan. They provide fitness information, instruction and resources while building quality relationships and relevant support systems along the way.

  • The David D. Hammar Foundation
    The David D. Hammar Foundation promotes and enhances bicycle safety by providing resources to children, educating the public and supporting activities that raise awareness to cyclists and drivers alike. They provide scholarships and donations to the community and supporters.

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    Note from the Director:
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    It's been a busy summer thus far - no slowing down for us here at ONF.  We hosted Annie Carr, our CDC Project Officer, for a site visit in late June, and filled her head with all of the great work that is being done in NJ to implement our strategies.  We have also spent a considerable amount of time grant writing along with several of our partners, hoping to bring dollars to NJ for some promising initiatives, building on some of our existing successes.   Staff has been busy traveling, as well:  Erin, to the American Evaluation Summer Evaluation Institute; Lisa to the CDC Evaluation Consultation Group, and Janet and Erin to the Childhood Obesity Conference in San Diego. And speaking of evaluation, I am very proud to share that we have been selected by the CDC as 1 of 9 states to receive a site visit on August 1st because of our promising practice in the implementation of policy and environmental change around nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention. We have been identified as a "high performing" grantee, and because of our performance and promise to achieve substantial impact, we have been selected to participate in a site visit designed to help the CDC learn more about our evaluation efforts, and for them to offer us intensive technical assistance around implementing and reporting our initiative's evaluation. They believe that by documenting our implementation process, they may capture lessons and promising practices from our work that can help build an evidence base regarding evaluation of policy and environmental change initiatives. Congratulations to Lisa and Erin for their exemplary work.  And finally, more congratulations - to our Commissioner, Mary E. O'Dowd, on the birth of her first baby - it's a boy! We wish her and her family lots of good health and happiness.

     

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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 June, half-day technical assistance site visits were completed with seven grantee hospitals. Dr. Lori Feldman-Winter and Anne Merewood completed these visits, which consisted of facility tours, observations of hospital activities, and meetings with staff and patients, and reported on some of the successes. Overall, it is clear that all hospitals are working to implement the "10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding." In fact, one hospital's nursery is completely dark and unused! Feedback from staff and patients is overwhelmingly positive. New mothers report feeling very supported by hospital staff and mothers are also reporting a much more positive experience now than with their first delivery.

    The Educating Practices in the Community (EPIC) curriculum component of the project is also moving along well. The curriculum is developed and training team members were trained on May 11, 2011. Lactation support staff from Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), pediatricians, OBs, and family medicine physicians were all in attendance to review the EPIC BEST (Breastfeeding Education, Support, and Training) curriculum. Outreach and recruitment for 10-12 medical practices affiliated with the grantee hospitals is ongoing and training dates are being scheduled.

     

    ShapingNJ Community Pilot Project
    On June 9th, ONF convened a meeting of the ShapingNJ pilot sites, hosted by Thomas Edison State College in Trenton.  Teams from Irvington, Red Bank, Monmouth County, Nutley, Montclair and Somerset County shared accomplishments and lessons learned in implementing their efforts to create more active, healthy environments in their communities through such actions as installing bike racks, setting up farmers markets, and putting healthy options in municipal vending machines. Representatives from the four funders - ONF, New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids, Partners for Health and Walgreens - came to listen. Dan Fatton, a ShapingNJ partner New Jersey Future, gave a keynote that addressed many of the land use policies and patterns in New Jersey that contribute to concentrated poverty and its many adverse health outcomes including obesity. Only six of the ten pilots were able to send participants, reflecting the difficulties caused by cuts in personnel at local health departments.

    Reducing Obesity Statistics in Red Bank

    Montclair awarded $15,000 anti-obesity grant

     

    ShapingNJ Child Care Licensing Regulations and Training
    Let's Move Child Care was released and includes a detailed child care checklist aligned with the latest best practices guide, Caring for Our Children: National Health & Safety Performance Standards released June 23, 2011 and the Institute of Medicine Report, Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies, released in June 2011. These best practice guides were the basis for recommendations submitted to the NJ Office of Licensing (OOL) in the NJ Department of Children and Families (DCF). 

    The OOL, DCF has convened an ad hoc committee to review our proposed regulatory changes that address best practices in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, TV viewing limitations and breastfeeding encouragement and support. The Ad Hoc Committee met on July 13 to begin reviewing the changes and will meet again on August 10 and August 25.

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    Setting Workgroup Summer Meetings
    The setting workgroups are beginning to meet to discuss progress on their work and plan for future activities. The child care work group had a successful meeting on July 19, 2011 at Child Care Connection in Trenton. Upcoming meetings are: 

    School Setting Workgroup Meeting
    Date: Thursday, July 28, 2011
    Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Host: NJ Department of Education

    Healthcare Setting Workgroup Meeting
    Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2011
    Time: 9:00AM-11:00AM
    Host: Pediatric Council on Research and Education (PCORE)

    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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    Garden State Urban Farms and Beth Israel Hospital Partner to Bring Local Food to Newark
    Urban farmers in New Jersey are now building hydroponic systems and growing food in cities like Orange, Newark and Jersey City.  ShapingNJ partners Garden State Urban Farms, Beth Israel Medical Center, and the Children's Hospital of NJ in Newark are partnering to create jobs and bring fresh local food to underserved neighborhoods in Newark.

    What began as an indoor farmers market at Beth Israel Medical Center in December 2010, is now a working farm that is producing organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs on an empty lot owned by the hospital in Newark's South Ward. This farm, Beth Garden, opened on July 13, 2011 to the community. It is a training ground for Prodigal Sons and Daughters, an organization of ex-offenders learning critical life and job skills as part of their re entry into the community. In addition, Beth Garden is the first urban farm (under 5 acres) in New Jersey to accept WIC farmer's market vouchers.

     

    Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program Announced
    The 2011 Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program applications are available! The 2011 program will provide $175,000 worth of grants in the following amounts: three $25,000 grants, eight $10,000 grants and twenty $1,000 grants.

     

    New Jersey Gardens: Trenton Tour Highlights Student and Community Plantings, Includes a Buffet Lunch of Local Foods 
    ShapingNJ partner Isles conducted its 23rd annual House & Garden Tour of Trenton area efforts to promote urban gardens and healthy foods.

     

    Two Coordinated School Health Program Schools Receive Alliance for a Healthier Generation's National Recognition Awards
    The Alliance for a Healthier Generation awarded successful New Jersey schools based on their level of achievement toward creating healthier school environments. Two of these schools participate in the Coordinated School Health Program!


    Founder of Arthur & Friends is honored for providing jobs for developmentally disabled people

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    Jersey City Establishes a Complete Streets Policy
    On May 25, Jersey City became the largest locality in the state to adopt a Complete Streets policy. The City Council approved a resolution to more fully integrate the needs of all users into its public street projects.

     

    Ridgewood Council Approves Complete Streets Policy
    Council members voted in support of a Complete Streets resolution on June 8. "I think it's a great project. It has all positives and no negatives," enthused Mayor Keith Killion.  

     

    Farmers Markets Open in New Jersey
    With the start of the 2011 summer season, 144 farmers markets were in operation throughout New Jersey. To find your local farmers markets, click here.

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    Let's Move Child Care
    On June 8th, the First Lady announced Let's Move! Child Care, a new initiative that will support child care providers in their efforts to help children develop healthy habits early in life. Child care providers can access free online tools and resources pertaining to nutrition, physical activity and screen time. Let's Move! Child Care also includes a voluntary set of standards to engage child care providers in creating healthier environments for children.

     

    United States Department of Agriculture Launches New Food Icon: My Plate
    In June, the United States Department of Agriculture released a new icon to replace the old Food Pyramid. My Plate will help you build a healthy plate during meals and offers guidance about making healthy food choices.

     

    Department of Health and Human Services Releases Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System Data
    Early this summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their 2009 Summary Report for the Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System and the Pregnancy Nutrition Surveillance System (PedNSS and PNSS). These data were initially released in August 2010 and this report examines national trends in birth weight, breastfeeding, and obesity in young children. The CDC also released new 2011 data. Of note, New Jersey retains it dubious distinction of having the highest state rate of obesity among low-income children ages two through five.

     

    Physical Activity Levels of High School Students-United States, 2010 
    High school students nationwide are not getting enough daily physical activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2010 National Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Study (NYPANS). The school-based study measured physical activity and dietary behaviors among a nationally representative sample of students in grades 9 through 12. Approximately 1 out of 10 (12.2%) high school students are engaging in the recommended amount of aerobic and muscle strengthening activities.

     

    Beverage Consumption Among High School StudentsUnited States, 2010
    The article highlights findings from the 2010 National Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Study (NYPANS)-a survey on physical activity, dietary behaviors, and height and weight measurements among a nationally representative sample of students in grades 9-12.

    The main finding of this study is that although water, milk, and 100% fruit juice are the beverages most commonly consumed by high school students nationwide, daily consumption of regular soda or pop, sports drinks, and other sugar-sweetened beverages is also prevalent in this population-especially among male and black students.

     

    Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies: Report Released from the Institute of Medicine 
    The Institute of Medicine report summarizes the best available evidence about key strategies for preventing obesity among children under age 5. The report recommends ways to ensure that young children have healthy environments in which to live, learn and play. These include establishing dietary guidelines for young children; increasing participation in food assistance programs; and ensuring that recreation areas and school playgrounds encourage and allow all children to be active. 

     

    2011 F as in Fat Finds New Jersey Among the Leanest States But Getting Heavier
    F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011 was released by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).  The report compares obesity rates between states and assesses the environmental and policy climate in each state. Based on 2009 data, New Jersey ranked 9th leanest in the country. The report also found that the obesity rate in New Jersey increased by more than 90% over the past 15 years.

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    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.

    Wednesday August 3, 2011-Thursday August 4, 2011
    School Food Service Institute 2011
    G.H. Cook Campus Center, New Brunswick, NJ
    The School Food Institute is an effort, sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, to help school food service staff to better understand the changes to School Nutrition Programs and how to overcome challenges to providing healthy, delicious, low-cost meals to New Jersey children.

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