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ShapingNJ Welcomes New Partners

  • Children’s Home Society of NJ’s Mercer Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program
    The Mercer County WIC Program provides supplemental nutritious foods to pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to the age of five. The Mercer County office provides nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support, checks for free nutritious food and other services to Mercer County residents.

  • Hunterdon Healthcare
    Hunterdon Healthcare is a healthcare system seeking to prevent disease, illness and injury; relieve pain, give comfort; and inspire a healthy way of living. The flag ship hospital, Hunterdon Medical Center, Is located in Flemington, NJ.

  • Montclair Maternity
    Led by Jill Wodnick, Montclair Maternity provides birth doula trainings and workshops for women, community health centers and healthcare providers.

  • New Jersey Association of Public Health Nurse Administrators
    The mission of the NJ Association of Public Health Nurse Administrators is to promote, protect and preserve the health of New Jersey residents through education and networking to improve public health nursing practices and standards of service, thus strengthening the public health nurse workforce in NJ.

  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Medical School
    A branch of the University of Medicine and Dentistry, the New Jersey Medical School aims to educate students, physicians, and scientists to meet current and future healthcare needs through patient-centered education; pioneering research; innovative clinical, rehabilitative and preventive care; and collaborative community outreach.

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    Note from the Director:
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    We had a very brief respite in late August, but we've been back in full swing....and then some.  Well into Year 5 of our work, we are focusing on doing a few things well across the settings, and with the help of our partners, we will see success.  Nemours received the only award in the nation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement early care and education collaboratives (ECE) in 6 states, including NJ --- we very much look forward to working with them to build on the work we have already begun, through ShapingNJ, in the childcare setting. We are also looking forward to the work just beginning with a recent award for worksite wellness from our department's Office of Chronic Disease and Prevention to ShapingNJ partners, Rutgers Cooperative Extension/Family and Community Health Sciences and Employers Association of NJ. Their first steering meeting is early next month and then they hit the ground running, to develop a tool kit that can benefit all employers, regardless of size. These are just two of the recent highlights -- so read on for lots more.  And, I would be remiss if I didn't take this opportunity to wish Lisa Asare, our Program Coordinator, well wishes as she departs the Office of Nutrition & Fitness for her new position as Executive Assistant to Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Arturo Brito.  Lisa provided day-to-day oversight, and will be greatly missed, not only for her sound guidance, but her sense of humor as well. 

    Wishing everyone a safe Halloween and a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

    In Health,
    Peri 

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    Office of Nutrition and Fitness (ONF) and ShapingNJ News:
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    Jersey Shore Medical Center and CentraState Medical Center Designated as Baby-Friendly
    On October 12, 2012, two more hospitals that participated in the New Jersey Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative received Baby-Friendly designation. Jersey Shore Medical Center and CentraState Medical Center join only two other New Jersey Hospitals (South Jersey Healthcare - Elmer and Capital Health) that made changes to their policies and practices to support breastfeeding and make it easier for new mothers to breastfeed. Congratulations!

    New Jersey to Participate in a Nemours-Led Early Care and Education Initiative in Child Care Centers
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded Nemours a five year cooperative agreement to develop an Early Care and Education (ECE) learning collaborative. The initiative will develop ECE collaboratives in six states - including New Jersey. These collaboratives will assist ECE providers to adopt nutrition, breastfeeding support, physical activity, and screen time policies and practices.

    New Jersey Celebrates Food Day and Launches the New Jersey Food List Serve
    On Wednesday, October 24, 2012, New Jersey will celebrate Food Day, a movement to encourage sharing of best practices and resources and to move groups working on various food and public health issues out of their "silos" to unite for sensible local - and state-level food policies. For a list of events near you, click here. To ensure the work of Food Day continues throughout the year, ShapingNJ is also launching the New Jersey Food List Serve. The list serve provides a forum for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food access projects. The list will not be live until Food Day, October 24, but you can sign up early here

    ONF and the Office of Local Public Health Provide Persuasion Trainings
    ONF staff in collaboration with the Office of Local Public Health (OLPH) conducted three regional train-the-trainer sessions. These free workshops were designed for county public health leaders interested in learning how to influence local policy makers to improve access to healthy food and physical activity. Overall, 130 local public health leaders and other stakeholders attended the trainings.

      

    ONF Staff Participate in the Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation Walk and Lunch and Learn
    ONF staff Beth Milton, along with ShapingNJ partners Densie Langevin and Elizabeth Nossier, participated in the Clara Maas Medical Center Foundation 5K walk at Turtle Back Zoo. In conjunction with the Lifeline Challenge to Healthy Living after school program, the walk aimed to raise awareness about eliminating and preventing obesity. Beth Milton also facilitated a one hour lunch and learn on ShapingNJ for dieticians and interested attendees following the walk. Over 200 people attended the walk. 

         

    ShapingNJ and Partners Present at the 2012 BoardSource Leadership Forum
    Regina Podhorin, ShapingNJ Consultant, and Darin Anderson from the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids, presented at the 2012 BoardSource Leadership Forum in Chicago, IL. More than 60 individuals attended their workshop, entitled Community-Engagement GovernanceTM: Empower Your Nonprofit and Network for Community Impact. The workshop provided an overview of the community-engagement governance approach; research results from ShapingNJ and the Partnership for Healthy Kids NJ to highlight the effectiveness of the approach; and information about how other organizations can participate in the Community-Engagement Governance Project.

     

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    ShapingNJ Partner News:
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    Healthy U Expands 
    ShapingNJ partner the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance in partnership with the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is expanding its Healthy U Initiative. The program is a comprehensive, statewide initiative to combat childhood obesity that uses the CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health) program. With the infusion of $2.25 million from the Horizon Foundation, the program will expand over the next three years to serve nearly 40,000 children throughout New Jersey in after-school settings, preschool settings and 12 NJ public schools.

    NJ Department of Education Provides Resources to Parents and School Staff on Changes to School Meals
    The beginning of the 2012-2013 school year also marked the start of changes to school meals to meet new federal nutrition standards. These changes aim to make school meals healthier. In collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, the New Jersey Department of Education prepared a summary of these changes, along with additional nutritional information for parents.

    Advocates for Children of NJ Releases the 2nd Annual School Breakfast Report
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    partner Advocates for Children of NJ released the 2nd annual School Breakfast Report. The report finds that just 35 percent of the 471,714 children eligible for free- or reduced-price breakfast actually received it in March 2012. Even still, NJ saw a 21 percent increase in the number of children from low-income families receiving breakfast at school. To read the report, click here and for district level school breakfast participation organized by county, click here.

    Partners Launch Worksite Wellness Initiative for Employers Statewide
    The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, in partnership with the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce and ShapingNJ partner the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, launched a Workplace Wellness Campaign. The campaign is a spinoff of the Mayor's Wellness Campaign - another ShapingNJ partner - and is targeted to employers. Through the campaign's website, employers can sign a wellness pledge and receive tips and evidence-based programs for wellness programs in their office, no matter the size or type of company.

    SKI to Present Move It to Lose It Initiative
    ShapingNJ partner, SKN Foundation, will be presenting their Move It To Lose It Initiative to reduce childhood obesity at the 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit in National Harbor, Maryland. The Initiative is a six-week program that teaches children dance forms like Bhangra and Hip-hop to increase physical activity and includes instruction on various aspects of nutrition and healthy choices in daily living. Congratulations!

     

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    Four NJ Municipalities Adopt Complete Streets Policies
    Another four NJ municipalities adopted Complete Streets Policies. These policies are designed to create street corridors and intersections that will be safe for pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists, seniors, children, and the mobility-challenged. The following municipalities join the 27 NJ municipalities with Complete Streets policies:

    New Jersey Schools Receive Grant to Support School-Based Running Programs
    Two New Jersey schools were recipients of the 2012 ING Run For Something Better® School Awards. Maple Avenue School and George Washington Carver School, both in Newark, NJ, were among fifty schools from 27 states across the nation that received up to $2,500 in grant money to support an existing school-based running program or start a new one.

    KIDS COUNT Data Book Finds NJ Leading Nation in Education and Health
    The annual report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked New Jersey 4th in the country for overall child well-being. New Jersey ranked well in education, health and the overall well-being of families and the communities in which they live. The report indicated, however, that New Jersey is doing less well in terms of economic well-being of its children and families. The 19th place ranking reflects the growing rates of poverty and insecure employment facing children and families in the state.

      

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

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    Report Predicts NJ to See Largest Increase in Obesity-Related Health Care Costs
    The Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the 2012 edition of F as in Fat. The report provides an annual snapshot of the status of obesity and obesity-related conditions. This year's edition also includes obesity rates and predicts health care costs in 2030. Based on 2011 data, NJ is the 4th leanest state in the nation among adults. If obesity rates continue to increase at the current pace, nearly 50 percent of NJ adults will be obese in 2030 and NJ will spend more than $1.4 billion in obesity-related health care.

    President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Announces New Fitness Program Aimed at Helping Kids Stay Active
    The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition is phasing out the Youth Fitness Test which dates back to 1966 and replacing it with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program including Fitnessgram®. The comprehensive school-based program employs the latest science and promotes health and physical activity for America's youth. The Presidential Youth Fitness Program is available for free to all schools.

    Report Finds that Six in 10 Adults Are Walking to Stay Active    
    A national study found that 62 percent of US adults report walking at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week. This is an increase from 56 percent in 2005. In general, individuals who were obese were less likely to walk to stay active than other individuals and those who were active enough to meet the physical activity guidelines (at least 150 minutes a week of aerobic activity) were more likely to walk than those who did not meet the guidelines.

    County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Release What Works for Health
    Developed by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, "What Works for Health" is an online searchable menu of policies and programs focusing on factors that make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play. Similar to the Community Guide and the Center TRT's Intervention Guide, the menu allows users to browse through the evidence ratings for particular programs, policies, or system changes that address specific health factors.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Release 2011 State Obesity Rates 
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released obesity rates from the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). This is the first year where BRFSS data are collected from both landline and cell phones and include enhanced weighting methodology to incorporate cell phone data. In 2011, 23.7 percent of NJ adults were obese. Individuals with more education were less likely to be obese than those with less education: 17.4 percent of college graduates were obese compared to 29.4 percent of individuals with less than a high school education.

     

    Click here for more National news about physical activity, nutrition and obesity.

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    Events:
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    October 24, 2012
    Food Day
    Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), Food Day is led by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders, organizations, and people from all walks of life. This year, Food Day is happening throughout New Jersey with over 30 events from Mahwah to Cape May! Click here for some of the great events happening around the Garden State.

    October 25, 2012
    Communities and Schools Working Together for Health
    9:00am-3:00pm
    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.

    November 1, 2012
    Forging Fresh Ways to Serve Breakfast at School: South Jersey School Breakfast Summit
    10:00am-2:00pm
    Camden County Community College - Blackwood Campus
    Blackwood, NJ
    This meeting provides a forum to share valuable first-hand knowledge and advice on how to effectively implement alternative service models that increase participation in the school breakfast program such as "grab and go" and "breakfast in the classroom."  Topics will include best practices for implementation, addressing common barriers, and getting buy-in from interested parties, as well as success stories from neighboring school districts.

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

    8:00am-4:15pm
    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. Click here to register.

    November 10, 2012
    Greater New York Regional Chapter-American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting
    8:00am-5:00pm
    New York College of Podiatric Medicine and The Foot Center of New York
    New York, NY
    The Greater New York Regional Chapter American College of Sports Medicine announces a full day seminar with several educational tracks. These tracks include: Sports Medicine: Return to Sport Following Surgery, Sports Podiatry, Exercise Science & Personal Training, Sports Nutrition & Performance, Sports Physical Therapy and Fitness Professional Development. To register, click here.

    November 13-15, 2012
    League of Municipalities Annual Conference
    Atlantic City Convention Center
    Atlantic City, NJ
    The New Jersey State League of Municipalities is convening its 97th annual conference, "Taking Charge of Change". The conference will highlight a variety of topics related to municipalities and municipal governments including community health, safety, economics, development, regulation and sustainability. NJ Department of Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd will be speaking on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 11am to highlight how communities can help build a healthier New Jersey.

    November 14, 2012
    NJ Celebrates National Rural Health Day Kick-Off
    10:00am-12:00pm
    Plumsted Municipal Building
    New Egypt, NJ
    The NJ Office of Primary Care and Rural Health is celebrating National Rural Health Day. This second annual celebration highlights the efforts to improve health in rural areas of New Jersey. Please RSVP by November 5, 2012.

    November 14, 2012
    The Role of the School Nurse in Coordinated School Health
    Center for Prevention
    Newton, NJ
    3:30pm-8:30pm
    Presented by the NJ Department of Education, the Coordinator of the School Health Unit will lead this first of three regional school nurse workshops. The workshops will highlight the role of the school nurse in the coordinated school health model and the importance of the school nurse as a member of the wellness team. To register, click here.

    November 28, 2012
    The Role of the School Nurse in Coordinated School Health
    AtlantiCare
    Egg Harbor Twp, NJ
    3:30pm-8:30pm
    Presented by the NJ Department of Education, the Coordinator of the School Health Unit will lead this first of three regional school nurse workshops. The workshops will highlight the role of the school nurse in the coordinated school health model and the importance of the school nurse as a member of the wellness team. To register, click here.

    November 29, 2012
    The Role of the School Nurse in Coordinated School Health
    EmPower Somerset
    Somerville, NJ
    3:30pm-8:30pm
    Presented by the NJ Department of Education, the Coordinator of the School Health Unit will lead this first of three regional school nurse workshops. The workshops will highlight the role of the school nurse in the coordinated school health model and the importance of the school nurse as a member of the wellness team. To register, click here.

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

     

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