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ShapingNJ Welcomes New Partners

  • National Junior Tennis Learning of Trenton
    Affiliated with the US Tennis Association, the National Junior Tennis & Learning of Trenton, Inc. provides nutrition, education and tennis support programs to youth in the Trenton area from all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. These programs aim to help youth lead physically and emotionally healthy lives and to help strengthen their community.

  • Generations, Inc. (CDC of Bethany Baptist Church)
    Generations, Inc. provides socially conscience and community centered social services to residents in and around Camden County. The locally based nonprofit coordinates and runs programs around housing needs, education, domestic abuse, substance abuse, family support and youth development.

  • Community Health Outreach Consortium
    Community Health Outreach Consortium is a community based health coalition that serves the residents of South Jersey. It provides information to the community regarding advocacy, promoting best practices, fostering collaborations, securing funding and education forums on health issues.

  • Capital Health
    Comprised of two hospitals – Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton and Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell – and several other satellite facilities, Capital Health seeks to improve and sustain the health of residents in Central New Jersey and Lower Bucks County in Pennsylvania.

  • New Jersey Prevention Network
    The New Jersey Prevention Network (NJPN) is a public health agency working to prevent substance abuse, addiction and other chronic diseases by building capacity among professionals, fostering positive collaboration among providers, and strengthening the field of prevention through the use of evidence-based practices and strategies.

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    Note from the Director:
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    This summer has been a busy one - no slacking off for the Office of Nutrition & Fitness or our ShapingNJ partners.  As you will read below, we submitted our Year 5 continuation application to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with a supplemental 1 year grant for a breastfeeding initiative; and we applied for the most recent Community Transformation Grant in partnership with the Office of Tobacco Control and the Y State Alliance to work in 22 schools in 11 communities.  We have several evaluation activities underway, we are planning for life after CDC funding, and efforts to reach faith-based organizations continue to grow.  On a very positive note, relationships with many partners have deepened and trust among organizations is key: we all bring different strengths (and some weaknesses) to the table, but together we really have an opportunity to create change.  

    In Health,

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    Office of Nutrition and Fitness (ONF) and ShapingNJ News:
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    ONF Applies for Funding Opportunities
    Throughout June and July, ONF submitted applications to the CDC to further ShapingNJ's work and the work of our partners:

    • In mid-July, ONF submitted a continuation application that summarized ShapingNJ's activities from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012 and mapped out the next year's activities.
    • ONF also submitted an application to obtain additional funding to develop a community breastfeeding collaborative that helps community-based organizations provide support, education, information and other resources to breastfeeding mothers when they leave maternity hospitals.
    • ONF and the Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Services within the NJ Department of Health collaborated with the YMCA State Alliance, the NJ Department of Education and the Princeton Center for Leadership Training to apply for CDC's highly competitive Community Transformation Grant. The proposed activities would reduce tobacco use, increase physical activity, improve nutrition and increase healthy body mass index in residents of 11 NJ communities through school and community based initiatives.
    • Two separate national agencies included New Jersey in each of their applications for a CDC funding opportunity to prevent obesity through training child care providers. Each agency's application focused on six states. This highly competitive grant will be awarded to only one organization in the nation and the recipients will focus on creating child care centers that promote healthy eating and active play.

    ONF and ShapingNJ Partners Focus on Sustainability
    ONF, the Alliance of the YMCAs, and the NJ Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP-NJ) are working to converge discussions around sustaining programs given the overlap between obesity prevention goals and strategies. As a way to continue and coordinate programs, and improve outcomes, the group is examining the development of a collective impact initiative, a network of NJ collaborations with common strategies to focus on promoting healthy eating and active living through policy and environmental change. 

    ONF and the Office of Local Public Health Bring Obesity Prevention on a "Summer Road Show"
    ONF staff in collaboration with the Office of Local Public Health (OLPH) is conducting a Summer Road Show series, traveling to county health coalitions  to integrate ShapingNJ's policy and environmental change strategies with the OLPH work and the community health improvement plan process.  ‘Accelerating Progress in Obesity' presentations were conducted in four counties, including one for health officers from eight counties. 

    Capital Health Celebrates Baby-Friendly Designation
    On June 19, 2012, ONF staff and ShapingNJ partners joined NJ DOH Commissioner O'Dowd at Capital Health Medical Center - Hopewell to celebrate the hospital's designation as Baby-Friendly.  Capital Health is the first of the 10 grantee hospitals from the NJ Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative to become designated.  The celebration included an educational program on the "lesson's learned" for interested Maternal Child Health Providers, Directors, Educators, and Lactation Consultants.

    ONF Works with Rutgers University in the "Communication and Social Change" Course

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    ShapingNJ Partner News:
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    NJ DOH Releases the 2012 Breastfeeding Report Card
    Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology within the NJ DOH released the 2012 report, Breastfeeding and New Jersey Maternity Hospitals. The report summarizes evidence and rationale for making New Jersey's maternity hospitals a focus of efforts to increase breastfeeding among new mothers, provides breastfeeding rates upon hospital discharge for all NJ maternity hospitals and includes tools and resources for hospitals to use to enhance breastfeeding.

    NJ Department of Education Releases 2011 Student Health Survey Results
    The New Jersey Student Health Survey provides information about health and well-being in high school students across the state. The 2011 results indicate that 11 percent of NJ high school students are obese (up from 10.3% in 2009), 50 percent were physically active for 60 or more minutes each day for five or more days during the previous week and 19 percent consumed five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day during the previous week.

    Arthur and Friends is Highlighted in New Jersey Monthly
    The July 2012 print version of the magazine, New Jersey Monthly, highlighted ShapingNJ partner Arthur and Friends. The article describes how the organization runs four hydroponic greenhouses and provides meaningful work for individuals with disabilities. 

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    New Jersey News:
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    New Brunswick Adopts Complete Streets Resolution
    In May, the City Council in New Brunswick adopted a Complete Streets resolution to promote a healthier city by "creating a more walkable city". The resolution ensures that the city will use a process for designing, building, operating and maintaining streets for motorist, cyclists and pedestrians. The city plans to implement the resolution immediately.

    Camden City Board of Education Earns US Department of Education Grant to Expand School and Community Gardens
    As part of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program, Camden City Board of Education was one of 77 grant recipients nationwide to receive a three-year grant award to expand the Camden City Garden Club's school and community gardens and nutrition education programs.

    Looking for more New Jersey news? Click here to see more!

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    2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results Released
    The CDC, Division of Adolescent and School Health released the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) results. The YRBS is a nationwide survey that also provides state level data about behaviors that contribute to injury and violence, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, sexual behaviors that contribute to pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity among high school students.

    New Report Highlights Growing Issue of Childhood Obesity and Outlines Federal and State Efforts
    In a new report, Childhood Obesity and Nutrition Issues in the United States: An Update on School-based Policies and Practices the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University summarizes recent research and statistics about childhood obesity as well as highlights federal and state policies and programs designed to combat obesity in children.

    National Institute for Children's Healthcare Quality Launches Effort to Increase Breastfeeding Rates in US Hospitals
    In late June, 2012, NICHQ began its Best Beginnings program, which is designed to increase the number of US hospitals implementing a model for maternity services to support a new mother's choice to breastfeed. Overall, 90 hospitals throughout the US were selected to participate in the learning collaborative, designed to ultimately prepare the hospitals to receive Baby-Friendly designation.

    New York City's Trans Fat Ban is Successful
    In a report published in the July 2012 edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers found that the 2006 ban on trans fats in restaurants in New York City increased consumers' access to healthful food options. In 2008, when the restrictions were fully implemented, less than two percent of restaurants were using artificial trans fats, as compared to 50 percent in 2006.

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    August 18, 2012
    3rd Annual Hilltop Grasshopper Bicycle Race for Kids
    Essex County's Hilltop Reservation
    North Caldwell, NJ
    Sponsored by the Essex County Parks Department and the Hilltop Conservancy, the Kid's Bike Race is designed for all cyclists ages 4 through 15 to ride a race on a 0.6 mile course.

    October 5, 2012
    Kitchen Essentials for 2012: Budgeting, Knife Skills and Healthy Recipes
    Culinary Arts Institute at Hudson County Community College
    Jersey City, NJ
    Led by the NJ Farm to School Network, this workshop is designed for School Food Service Directors and is a train the trainer session. Participants will learn about knife skills, food handling practices and recipe development using fresh produce and commercial kitchen equipment.

    October 25, 2012
    Communities and Schools Working Together for Health
    Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness
    Mercerville, NJ
    Communities and schools across NJ are concerned with rising rates of childhood obesity and declining options for daily physical activity in youth. Join the NJ Departments of Education, Health, Transportation and other statewide, regional and local leaders in this conference to empower communities and schools to implement policies that foster healthy active youth. Click here for the day's agenda and here for a website with more information.

    November 3, 2012
    Speak Up! Take Action! Create Change!: Parent Leadership & Advocacy Conference

    Atlantic City Convention Center
    Atlantic City, NJ
    Sponsored by Parents Anonymous of NJ, Inc., the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, the NJ Education Association and the National Institute for Family Success, this conference is designed to support and strengthen parent leadership across NJ's education, health, mental health, family support, human services and child welfare systems.

    December 11, 2012
    Obesity Prevention in New Jersey. The State of the State: Important Next Steps
    East Brunswick, NJ

    Sponsored by the Office of Nutrition and Fitness, ShapingNJ, NJ Partnership for Healthy Kids, The NJ Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health and Family and Community Health Sciences, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, this conference will provide information about actions that can be implemented in New Jersey to accelerate progress in obesity prevention.

    Through December 30, 2012
    Generation Fit: Steps to a Healthier Lifestyle
    Newark Museum
    Newark, NJ
    The Newark Museum is featuring an interactive family exhibition that explores issues of nutrition and exercise. The exhibit includes animation and exercise challenges to learn about a healthy lifestyle.

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