New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids (NJPHK) is a statewide program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) whose primary goal is to convene, connect and empower community partnerships across the state to implement environment and policy changing strategies that prevent childhood obesity. Community coalitions in Trenton, Camden, Newark, New Brunswick, and Vineland are leading these efforts.
In addition to being known by Trenton residents as a community hub for health and wellness, the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market is now recognized as the first farmers market in the state to participate in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program.
Build it and they will come. That sort of visioning worked for baseball in Iowa in the film “Field of Dreams.” Could it produce a community garden behind a hardware store in Vineland?
Fun, entertainment, and health services were all part of the Camden-hosted “Let’s Move: Olympic Day” at Pyne Poynt Park on June 25. The event was free and open to the residents and offered plenty of space for children to run, play games, swim, and dance in one of the city’s beautiful parks. Health vendors lined walking paths and provided free health screenings and health services information to more than 200 visitors.
Many teachers have suggested that children as young as four should be given gardening lessons in schools as an option to help solve the current obesity crisis. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers are urging schools to place gardening as an integral part of the curriculum. The educators emphasize that children will learn the benefit of eating healthy foods through gardening lessons.