April 2017 - Issue #26

As the Executive Director of the New Jersey Office of Minority and Multicultural Health (OMMH), Dr. Carolyn Daniels, D.H.Sc., M.Ed., is on a mission-to foster accessible and high-quality programs and policies that help minorities in New Jersey achieve optimal health, dignity, and independence.

Imagine a no-cost weekend health retreat with your family at a 5,000-acre camp in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. Cell phones and other technology is banned. In exchange, families can spend the day hiking, zip-lining through the woods, swimming, boating, practicing archery, sitting around the campfire, stargazing, enjoying healthy meals and learning how to prepare them.

"As the NCAA tournament (March Madness) began last year, I thought to myself, how can I tie this awesome event into our PE/Health curriculum in 2017?" That was the question educator Steven Louka wanted to answer to help his students find a creative way to eat healthy foods and exercise.

How can Camden improve its overall health? That was the discussion topic for 30 representatives of faith-based organizations who came together to share their suggestions with Get Healthy Camden (GHC) and Camden Coalition of Health Providers (CCHP).

Healthy choices were on the dinner menu for South Jersey residents as Live Healthy Vineland (LHV) hosted its inaugural Healthy Dining Week during March 6 - 12, 2017 at 24 different restaurants.

by Darrin Anderson, Sr., PhD, MS
State Deputy Director, New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids

April 24-28 marks the fifth year of celebration for Every Kid Healthy Week (EKHW). The goal is to bring both awareness and recognition to schools across the nation who are dedicating time to improving health and wellness and cultivating the school environment.
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April 3-9 - National Public Health Week
April 24-28 - Every Kid Healthy Week
April 2 - World Autism Awareness Day
April 7 - World Health Day
April 14 - Good Friday
April 16 - Easter
April 22 - Earth Day
April 28 - Arbor Day
April 29 - Healthy Kids Day