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ShapingNJ Welcomes New Partners

  • New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety
    Directed by the Attorney General, the Department of Law and Public Safety seeks to make New Jersey safe for all residents and visitors through protecting civil and consumer rights, promoting highway traffic safety, regulating the casino, boxing, alcoholic beverage and racing industries, and providing legal services and counsel to state agencies.

  • New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
    The Department of Community Affairs provides guidance, financial support, and technical assistance to local governments, community development organizations, businesses, and individuals around issues of fire and building safety, housing production, community planning and development, and local government management and finance.

  • New Jersey Business and Industry Association
    The New Jersey Business and Industry Association is a statewide employer association with over 22,000 member companies. They provide information, services and advocacy to its members with the goal of making New Jersey more prosperous.

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    Note from the Director:
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    We have been incredibly busy since our last newsletter with conferences, presentations and events, in addition to the real hard-core work of moving strategy implementation along with the help of our partners.  And yet, we meet so many people and organizations that are not familiar with ShapingNJ, so we know there is still a long way to go. The feedback is gratifying-that the time is right-and that what we are trying to do is critically important, especially for our youngest and most vulnerable New Jerseyan's. And speaking of vulnerable citizens, I had the great opportunity to attend last week's Equity Summit 2011 in Detroit. I participated as a member of the NJ delegation, thanks to the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and NJ Partnership for Healthy Kids. I can't even begin to describe the collective energy of 2500 people from all over the nation, together, passionate about reshaping our society into one where all of us and our children have the same opportunities for good health and quality education-to name just a couple of areas in need of improvement. I returned with renewed energy for the work at hand, and heightened sensitivity to those who have less and need more.  All of us at ONF wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving day and holiday season.

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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)
    All hospitals are making rapid progress toward implementing at least two steps of the "10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding" and moving towards Baby-Friendly certification. Monthly technical assistance calls are ongoing and the hospitals are using the Quality Improvement  system to implement their two "steps". Mock site visits are also being scheduled with the hospitals who are scheduled for certification inspection in the coming months.

    The end of program Hospital Leadership Summit, "Teaming Up to Shape our Region:  A Pathway to Baby-Friendly" will be held on December 1, 2011 at the National Conference Center in East Windsor. All maternity hospitals in NJ were invited and we are looking forward to the sharing of information and experiences of this work.

    ShapingNJ Community Pilot Project
    Our community grantees are continuing to implement their projects.

    • Paterson is working with local partners to explore possibilities for relocating the original community garden and walking paths as well as garnering municipal support for healthy vending machines
    • Irvington's Saturday morning walking clubs continue to be active and popular, with nearly 200 registrants and an average weekly attendance of about 70 people. The senior garden has attracted additional interest and a total of 12 local senior citizens now tend to the garden.
    • Youth in Warren County built a community garden next to a food bank that primarily serves older adults and low-income residents. The food bank will be using the yield from the garden as part of their food source.

    ShapingNJ Child Care Licensing Regulations and Training
    ONF submitted comments on the draft NJ Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers created by the Office of Licensing (OOL), Department of Children & Families in early October.  An initial posting in the New Jersey Register for public comment is expected before the end of the year.   

    Child care center trainings are complete and we are continuing to collect all of the required project reports, including interviews with local agencies, data on the use of quality improvement awards, and site visits with child care centers. Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies were asked to delay the site visit,  to better determine if positive environmental and policy changes which resulted from NAP SACC pilot are long lasting

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    ShapingNJ News:
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    ShapingNJ Highlighted by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services
    Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd highlighted ShapingNJ, key messages, ShapingNJ strategies, projects, and facts about obesity in her October newsletter - Health Matters - that was distributed statewide. One of the newsletter articles was also reproduced in NJ Today and an OpEd was published in the Asbury Park Press.

    New Jersey Public Health Association Newsletter Features ShapingNJ

    ShapingNJ Fighting Obesity Where It Lives: Shaping New Jersey Wants Sidewalks for Joggers and Stores Stocked with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

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    ShapingNJ Partner News:
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    Health and Senior Services Commissioner Celebrates National Start Eating Healthy Day to Promote Good Nutrition and Reduce Obesity
    Several ShapingNJ partners, including Raritan Bay Area YMCA, American Heart Association, WIC, and others, were on hand at Jewish Renaissance Medical Center on November 2, 2011 to celebrate the National Start Eating Healthy Day. The event was sponsored by the American Heart Association and sought to encourage people to eat healthy and live actively.

    Farm Fresh Food Offered at the Mount Laurel Schools
    ShapingNJ partners, Department of Agriculture and NJ School Nutrition Association are working with the NJ Farm Bureau to co-sponsor an initiative called Common Market. Common Market is a wholesale distributor of local produce that is bringing locally produced fruits and vegetables to school cafeterias.

    CentraState Medical Center and NJ Department of Health and Senior Services Host a Breastfeeding Roundtable
    In October, a breastfeeding roundtable was held at CentraStates' Star & Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus in Freehold to discuss how NJ can encourage more mothers to breastfeed and what hospitals can do to promote breastfeeding.

    State Offers NJ Food Banks "Jersey Fresh" Produce
    The NJ Department of Community Affairs and the NJ Department of Agriculture formed a new collaboration that will provide ‘Jersey Fresh' fruits and vegetables to the families and organizations that five major food banks assist, including ShapingNJ partners Mercer Street Friends Food Bank and NORWESCAP.

    Cooper University Hospital Opens Breastfeeding Lounge for Employees
    Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ recently opened a Lactation Lounge for hospital employees. The lounge offers new moms who return to work at the hospital a comfortable and private place to continue to breastfeed. Cooper representatives along with several ShapingNJ members attended the ribbon-cutting event.

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    National News:
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    Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Increases Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables in Participating Schools
    An evaluation of the national Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, found that students in schools that participate in the program consume about half of a serving more per day of fruits and vegetables than students in non-participating schools.

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    Events:
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    December 2, 2011
    A Roadmap to Public Health in New Jersey: Driving into the Future
    NJ Hospital Association Conference & Event Center
    760 Alexander Rd. Princeton, NJ
    The Society for Public Health Education is holding their annual meeting and will focus on building collaborations to focus on social determinants of health, increasing knowledge about policy, systems, and environmental changes in various settings. Register by November 25, 2011. For more information, contact Iesha Suber at 973-972-5354 or isuber.njsophe@gmail.com.

    December 2, 2011
    New Jersey Health Officers Association Centennial Gala
    Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
    The NJ Health Officers Association is celebrating 100 years of service as a professional organization! Newark Mayor Cory Booker will be attending, and incoming American Public Health Association president Dr. Adewale Troutman is also anticipated as the key note speaker. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

    December 8, 2011 and December 15, 2011
    Working Together to Promote Healthier Food in Schools
    The NJ Department of Education through the Coordinated School Health Project is convening two free workshops for school wellness team leaders and their food service directors to discuss strategies for promoting healthier foods in schools. To register your wellness team leader and food service director, click on the links for the workshop closest to you.

    December 8, 2011
    - Northern Region
    PSE&G Training Center
    Edison, NJ

    December 15, 2011 - Southern Region
    Cumberland County College
    Vineland, NJ

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