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ShapingNJ Welcomes New Partners

  • Nutritional Sciences Preschool
    The Nutritional Sciences Preschool is a preschool program located within the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. The school uses a curriculum based on discovery learning and social interaction. Cooking and nutrition education are emphasized and the school participates in research projects related to childhood nutrition, early childhood education, and child/family development.

  • Summit YMCA
    The Summit YMCA provides area residents resources to help communities grow, learn and thrive. The YMCA offers health, wellness and fitness programming for children, adults and older adults.

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    Note from the Director:
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    As the summer comes to a close, and we put the earthquake, hurricane and heat behind us, we are gearing up for a very busy new season. Not that the summer was quiet....but we are anxiously awaiting news about the Community Transformation Grant - we should know on or about September 15th if we will receive this funding for implementation, with our partners, of some of the ShapingNJ strategies.  We are also working with the Office of Minority & Multicultural Health to plan a faith-based summit and working on a ShapingNJ video that can go viral, and deep into discussions about sustainability. And these are just a couple of the highlights - read on for more ONF news, which includes what some of our staff have been up to.  Wishing you all a wonderful new season; New Jersey is at its most beautiful in the fall, with a whole new crop of fruits and veggies, not to mention GREAT running/walking/cycling weather!

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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)
    The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative continues to progress on schedule. The seventh monthly technical assistance call with the 10 funded hospitals was held on August 10th.  During the call, participants shared quality improvement details about the two "steps to successful breastfeeding" each grantee is currently implementing. The first Educating Practices in their Communities Breastfeeding Education, Support and Training (EPIC BEST) office training was held on August 5th in Camden at the Women's Care Center at Cooper University Hospital. A minimum of 11 additional trainings will be scheduled.

    An end of program summit is planned for December and will include a Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative regional panel with representatives from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut; presentations from Dr. Grummer-Strawn from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Trish MacEnroe from Baby-Friendly USA, as well as highlights of lessons learned and achievements from the ten funded hospitals. Stay tuned for more details!

     

    ShapingNJ Community Pilot Project
    The Community Pilot grantees continue to implement their projects. Interviews with Irvington, Paterson, and Warren County were conducted in late July and early August by the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University. These interviews are part of the larger evaluation efforts of the pilot project and add valuable information about community assets contributing to the project as well as barriers to the work. Two site visits were also conducted to review the communities' progress. Despite a variety of challenges, the communities are making progress with building expanded walking paths, developing gardens and creating active walking groups.

     

    ShapingNJ Child Care Licensing Regulations and Training
    On August 10th, the NJ DHSS and ONF participated on the ad hoc committee convened by the Office of Licensing in the NJ Department of Children & Families to review proposed regulatory changes for child care centers.  A draft licensing document is expected by late September, followed by posting in the NJ Register before the end of 2011. Letters of support were submitted by ShapingNJ partners including the American Academy of Pediatrics, NJ Dietetic Association, the American Heart Association, Advocates for Children of New Jersey and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. We very much appreciate the show of support.

     

    ONF to Present at a Thought Leaders' Forum on Safety and Childhood Obesity
    ONF is invited to participate in and present at a Thought Leaders' Forum entitled "Community Safety: Violence Prevention and Childhood Obesity Prevention." Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the meeting will bring together a wide range of individuals to explore how childhood obesity may be prevented by reducing violence and addressing community barriers to physical activity and healthy eating. Erin Bunger, Surveillance Specialist, will discuss collecting quantitative data related to these community barriers and obesity as well as share NJ's data around these topics.

     

    ONF Attends Obesity Prevention in Public Health Training
    Lisa Asare, Program Manager, attended the Obesity Prevention in Public Health training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill August 14-19, 2011. This five day intensive training course was designed to enhance the capacity practitioners in nutrition, physical activity and obesity to build and sustain partnerships, promote policy change and mobilize communities.

     

    ONF Presents at the Summer Institute at Rutgers University
    Mary Ann Ellsworth, New Jersey Fruit and Vegetable Program Coordinator, presented on the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative at the Summer Institute at Rutgers University sponsored by the Division of Food and Nutrition of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.  The two day training was attended by 230 School Food Service Professionals.  The goal of the national Let's Move Salad Bar to Schools is to place 6,000 salad bars in schools during the next three years.

     

    In the News: It's Really a No-Brainer

     

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    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. 

     

    New on the ShapingNJ Portal
    If you have not visited the ShapingNJ portal recently, here are some highlights of new resources for you:

    • Updated calendar of meetings and events
    • May 5th 2011 Partnership Meeting Evaluation Results
    • Information about creating and sustaining community gardens
    • Model ordinances for urban agriculture, farmers markets, and complete streets
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    Childhood Obesity Toolkit for Healthier School Environments
    The New Jersey Dietetic Association (NJDA) and ShapingNJ partners in the School Setting Workgroup put together a Toolkit to provide a variety of resources that can be used in working with local school districts to create healthier school environments.  The toolkit can be accessed using the link above, or by going to the NJDA homepage and clicking on the Childhood Obesity Toolkit in the left hand column under "Our Site Menu". There are links and other resources on a variety of topics, including: general school wellness and wellness councils, programs that encourage healthy lifestyles, school success stories, farm to school and school gardens, school lunch and breakfast programs and general obesity prevention resources.

     

    Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School Trainings
    Several ShapingNJ partners--Sustainable Jersey, Voorhees Transportation Center, NJ Department of Transportation, and NJ Future--and ONF worked together to develop and present three training workshops in July for local officials and advocates on Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School. The training was coordinated by Sustainable Jersey. Approximately 25-30 municipal and county officials, representatives of local Sustainable Jersey "Green Teams", regional transportation management associations and others attended each half-day workshop.  Participants learned about how to promote and support more walking and biking among New Jersey residents through model policies and programs.

     

    Sustainable Jersey Program Could Go Nationwide
    U.S. Senator Robert Menendez will soon be introducing the Sustainable States Act of 2011 to build on the success of Sustainable Jersey's municipal sustainability certification. The legislation would make grants available to build municipal sustainability certification programs modeled after Sustainable Jersey and would make available additional grant projects to high performing sustainable municipalities.

     

    Walgreens to Sell Fresh Produce in Food Deserts
    Along with several other supermarkets, Walgreens is part of a group of food retailers that plan to open more than 500 stores in food deserts. Walgreens will convert some of its stores that are located in areas with limited access to healthy foods into stores that sell fresh produce.

     

    Childhood Obesity Program Is Shaping Up
    The Campbell Soup Company is offering a wide variety of programs in its $10 million initiative to address childhood obesity and hunger in Camden. At their recent Leader Luncheon, highlights of the initiative's early work focused on integrating prenatal care and child education through healthy eating and cooking lessons along with opportunities for physical activity.

     

    New Jersey Food Policy Council Releases Supermarket Incentive Package
    To combat food deserts in New Jersey, the NJ Food Council released a Supermarket Incentive Package to encourage supermarkets to expand and locate in urban areas. These points include a collection of bills and legislative proposals that would grant grocery stores and food retailers tax incentives and stronger shoplifting laws.

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    National Center for Safe Routes to School Awards Mini-Grants to Two NJ Towns
    Bay Head School (Bay Head, NJ) and North Plainfield School District received two of the 25 $1,000 mini-grants from the National Center for Safe Routes to School for projects designed to encourage safe walking and bicycling to school.

    • Bay Head School will build on the momentum of its weekly Walking Wednesday's program by organizing a supervised Walking Bus. This program is intended to meet the needs of students that live both near and far, with a drop-off and walk feature for students who live further away.
    • North Plainfield School District will boost SRTS outreach to parents and students by developing a web-based video to promote the program and its benefits to the North Plainfield community. The SRTS program's goal is to increase parental involvement as hosts for Walking School Bus programs located at schools throughout the district.

     

    Stranded in ‘Food Deserts,' Hundreds of Thousands of N.J. Residents Lack Access to Healthy, Fresh Food

    Delivering Fresh Ingredients from Small Farms to North Jersey Restaurants

    As Health Care Costs Rise, More Companies Invest in Fitness Programs

    Atlantic County Special Services School students grow fruits, vegetables, teamwork

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    MyPlate Makeover Challenge begins in September
    On September 1, the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) launched a MyPlate Makeover Challenge in support of U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) new ChooseMyPlate icon, released in June to depict the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010. The MyPlate Makeover Challenge is simple: consumers can upload a snapshot of their plate, showing how they made half of it fruits and veggies, to the Fruits & Veggies-More Matters Facebook page. They will then receive a coupon and be automatically entered to randomly win a free weekly $100 grocery gift card.  The MyPlate Makeover Challenge will provide both guidance and inspiration by showcasing weekly "real food" plates. 

     

    CDC Releases Data on Hospital Practices to Support Breastfeeding
    In August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published 2009 data from the national Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) survey. The results detail national trends in hospital practices that support the "10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding" and also include regional data. New Jersey specific data from the mPINC survey can be found here.

     

    2010 School Health Profiles Report
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the 2010 data from the School Health Profiles, a national survey project that assesses school health policies and practices, including physical education requirements, school health education content, school health nutrition policies, and family and community involvement in school health programs. A summary of selected topics for New Jersey can also be found here.

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    Events:
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    September 2011
    National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
    Fruit & Veggies-More Matters Month

     

    Sustainable Jersey Farmers' Market Workshops
    September 24, 2011 - Collingswood Farmers' Market
    October 1, 2011 - West Windsor Farmers' Market
    Sustainable Jersey will offer two farmers' market workshops. The workshops will include a discussion about how the market was set up, how it is funded and managed, and what support for markets currently exists or will be available in the future.

     

    October 2011
    National Farm to School Month
    This October is the first annual National Farm to School Month. Introduced by U.S. Representative Rush Holt (NJ), this national designation demonstrates the growing importance and role of Farm to School programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies and educate children about the origins of food.

     

    October 14, 2011
    2011 Childhood Obesity Summit
    8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    Robert Treat Hotel, Newark, NJ
    Sponsored by the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids, this summit is an opportunity to come together to network with local and statewide individuals working on preventing childhood obesity, to learn about the latest research, to share successes, tools and strategies, and to learn about how to change policies in your school, neighborhood or business that make communities healthier. The summit will feature interactive breakout sessions that focus on the importance of creating healthy communities that support and encourage healthy eating and active living. Register online here.

     

    October 24, 2011
    Food Day
    The Center for Science in the Public Interest will be sponsoring a national campaign - Food Day - to promote healthy, sustainable, and affordable food systems. The goal for Food Day is to create nutrition and health focused events and activities in homes, schools, community centers, religious organizations, farmers' markets, city halls, and state capitols across the country.

     

    October 26, 2011
    20th Annual AAP/NJ School Health Conference
    Back to Basics: Challenges for the Next Decade
    The Palace, Somerset, NJ
    Sponsored by the Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey and the American Academy of Pediatrics, New Jersey Chapter, the School Health Conference seeks to bring medical professionals, school health providers, child care providers, guidance counselors and athletic coaches and trainers together to discuss health issues facing schools and students. This year's conference will focus on six themes: anxiety and depression, Coordinated Health Plans and outcomes affecting nutrition and obesity, new immunizations, laws around concussions, new regulations, and Asthma Action Plans. Register online here.

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