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ShapingNJ Welcomes New Partners

  • The New Jersey Marathon
    Primarily sponsored by Barnabas Health and Investors Bank, The New Jersey Marathon’s annual event is held at the Jersey Shore. The event includes several different races along with a Health Exposition.

  • G3 Health and Fitness
    G3 Health and Fitness provides health and wellness family education in high-risk communities to combat the increasing incidence of childhood obesity. They aim to prevent chronic diseases, improve families’ health and wellness by offering health education and fitness programs.

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    Note from the Director:
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    Dear Partners and Stakeholders: 

    If you think it has been awhile since you heard from us, you are correct.  We have been incredibly busy with a number of worthy initiatives; including getting dollars out to 18 communities, moving the Baby Friendly Hospital work forward and into the community (26 more maternity hospitals are working toward Baby Friendly certification!) and putting together a Collective Impact Initiative to take the work to the next level.  If that's not enough, the new funding opportunity from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just been released and shifts us into high gear to compete for these dollars to improve the health of our residents.  The application is due April 19th, so until then........look for Spring, dust off your bikes and running shoes. I wish you all well.

    In Health,

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    Office of Nutrition and Fitness (ONF) and ShapingNJ News:
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    ShapingNJ Documents  Progress and Releases New Data
    ONF recently released The Status of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity in New Jersey. This surveillance profile documents the progress of ShapingNJ since 2008. The document presents the guiding goals of the project along with key data points and trends to measure New Jersey's progress toward those goals. This also releases new data from the New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey about environmental factors related to obesity, nutrition and physical activity. These data include:

    • In 2011, more than half (53.7%) of NJ adults ate in a fast food restaurant at least once a month.
    • 28% of children (ages 0-17) watched television for longer than the recommended amount (2 hours or less per day), while 39% of adults watched television for more than 2 hours per day in 2011.
    • More than one out of four (27.3%) New Jerseyans do not have sidewalks in their neighborhood.
    • About 4% of NJ adults perceive their neighborhood to be unsafe from crime.
    • The availability of community recreational facilities increased slightly in 2011 (80.4%) compared to 2009 (75.3%).

    View the Data Highlights page here.

    ShapingNJ Community Grants Project Uses Social Media to Document Progress
    Representatives from all 18 ShapingNJ Community grantees are using a series of social media tools to connect with each other in a learning network and report their project progress.

    • Community grantee representatives are using a Facebook group, through ShapingNJ's Facebook page to network with each other and share resources .
    • They are also using a Twitter hashtag campaign (#ShapingNJ) to highlight their achievements and events.
    • To document progress in their projects, each community posts a monthly update on a public blog. Visit the blog here to see what our grantees are doing!

    Proposed Breastfeeding Amendments to the New Jersey Hospital Licensing Standards are Published
    partners, among others, participated in workgroups over the past several years to develop language in the New Jersey Hospital Licensing Standards that promotes breastfeeding in hospitals. As a result of these efforts, proposed breastfeeding amendments to the NJ Hospital Licensing Standards were published February 4, 2013, in the New Jersey Register for a 60 day comment period. To read and comment on the proposed regulations, click here and select "I Agree". Then,

    • Select on the left side: NJ - New Jersey Register
    • In the search box, type: hospital breastfeeding
    • Check: 1. 45 N.J. R. 194 (a)
    • At the top of the page, click on: Go
    • To print, click on the print symbol on the right side below "View Tutorial"

    NJ Lawmakers Working to Mandate Recess for Grades K-5
    New Jersey lawmakers want to mandate recess for all public school students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The bill would ensure that children get at least 20 minutes a day for recess and help our students be more active during the day. Additional news related to this proposed legislation can be found here.

    Christie Administration Announces 35 Local Aid Grants Totaling Nearly $6.8 Million
    New Jersey released a package of 35 grants through New Jersey's Local Aid program totaling nearly $6.8 million to support local road and safety projects, including Safe Routes to School programs.

    By the Numbers...
    As of March 1, 2013:

    • Number of salad bars delivered to New Jersey schools: 50
    • Number of New Jersey schools waiting for funding to purchase salad bars: 11
    • Amount of funds raised to bring salad bars to New Jersey Schools: $130,000


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    New Jersey News:
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    New Jersey Makes Double Digit Gains in School Breakfast
    According to a new national report released by the Food Research and Action Center, the number of children receiving a healthy breakfast at school increased 16.3 percent from the 2010-2011 school year to the 2011-2012 school year.

    Morristown Updates its Master Plan to Include Complete Streets
    Morristown, New Jersey put Complete Streets at the heart of its efforts to update its Master Plan. The community adopted a formal Complete Streets policy in July 2012.

    New Jersey Has Room for Improvement in State Policies for Competitive Food and Beverages in Schools
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report  entitled, Competitive Foods and Beverages in U.S. Schools: A State Policy Analysis, to provide a snapshot of policies for competitive foods in schools in 39 states as of October 2010. The report is designed to  determine how these various state policies align with  the 13 standards recommended in the 2007 Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools: Leading the Way Toward Healthier Youth. New Jersey only partially met 6 of the 13 standards.

    Visit our New Jersey news page on our website or follow us on Facebook for more New Jersey news.


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    National News:
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    Let's Move! Kick-Offs Let's Move! Active Schools  
    Let's Move! Active Schools aims to engage 50,000 schools to make sure students are getting 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Let's Move! Active Schools also includes the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), and the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, with funding support from Nike and others.

    USDA Issues Proposed Rule on Snack Foods and Beverages Sold in Schools
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its proposed rule on all foods sold in school outside of school lunch, including a la carte items, snack foods, and beverages. The proposed rule implements key provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

    Low-Cal Items Fuel Restaurant Sales
    People are placing fewer orders for french fries and sugary drinks at restaurants, giving a boost to establishments that sell more low-calorie items, according to a study scheduled for release Thursday. An analysis of 21 fast-food and sit-down restaurant chains between 2006 and 2011 found that lower-calorie food and beverages fueled the chains' growth.

     Visit our National news page on our website or follow us on Facebook for more news.

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    March 18, 2013
    Health in All Policies Workshop

    March 23, 2013
    4th Annual Diabetes from Head to Toe Educational Conference

    April 3, 2013
    2013 NJ Farm to School Conference

    April 27, 2013
    1st Early Childhood Wellness Conference

    May 4, 2013
    2nd Annual Miles for Isles 5K Race and 1 Mile Walk

    May 5, 2013
    The New Jersey Marathon, The Long Branch Half Marathon and Relay

    May 15, 2013
    A Day Devoted to Workplace Wellness

    May 17, 2013
    Women's Caregiver Retreat

    June 6, 2013
    Annual Partnership Meeting

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