Nutrition and Fitness

Spotlight

Summer Meals for Children

Summer Meals for Children

Hunger doesn't take a summer vacation. Communities across NJ are increasingly offering free meals to children in the summer at schools, parks, libraries & other places.

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Healthy Corner Store Initiative

Healthy Corner Store Initiative

Operated by The Food Trust with sponsorship and funding from the Department of Health, the Healthy Corner Store Initiative works to improve access to healthy food and beverages in underserved communities where people live and who are experiencing chronic disease including obesity, heart disease and stroke and diabetes. The Healthy Corner Store Initiative has introduced more than 1,000 healthy items in participating NJ WIC small corner stores.

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ShapingNJ

ShapingNJ

ShapingNJ was the state partnership for nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention. The partnership worked successfully to help prevent obesity and improve the health of populations that are at risk for poor health outcomes in New Jersey.

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WIC

The NJ Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides wholesome food, nutrition education and community support to income-eligible women who are pregnant and post-partum, infants and children up to five years old.

Services and Support

The Department of Health funds outreach initiatives that improve fitness or access to nutrition in schools, private workplaces, and in various community settings throughout the state.

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Informational Resources

Various programs at the Department of Health publish reports and data on various aspects of the fitness and nutritional health of the state's residents.

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Healthy New Jersey 2020 Obesity Challenge

There has been a dramatic increase in adults, teens and children who are either overweight or obese in New Jersey. People who are physically active and eat nutritious foods are at a decreased risk of being overweight and obese.

The state's health improvement plan, Healthy New Jersey 2020, is tracking the state's progress towards various fitness-related goals.

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Last Reviewed: 6/9/2017