February 2017 - Issue #24

NJPHK Partner Spotlight: The American Heart Association

In celebration of American Heart Month in February, NJPHK is highlighting the  American Heart Association  (AHA).  AHA is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting cardiovascular disease.

New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids Deputy Director, Darrin Anderson served as a guest speaker at the Northeast Regional YMCA Model United Nations Conference in Hersey, PA.

National African American History Month in February honors the contributions that African-Americans have made to American history.  NJPHK is proud to celebrate  Barbara George Johnson, a public health advocate and 2014 recipient of the NJPHK Healthy Kids Champion Award.

On January 9th, Stockton University hosted the Nourishing Communities: Ingredients for Success Food Summit in Atlantic County. The conference was attended by state and local representatives who shared a similar goals - learning and sharing ways to improve food insecurity across communities in southern New Jersey.

In February, Courtney Price, project director of New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Newark (NJPHK-Newark) will begin a new chapter in her career as a public health analyst with Northrup Grumman, a consulting organization that works with the Center for Disease Control.

Since the startup of the Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market, Michelle Brill, Family & Community Health Sciences Educator, Amanda
Skahan Grasso, Missy Snow, & volunteer Barbara Inman-Clark from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County have educated numerous Trenton families about nutrition & healthy eating on a weekly basis.

The American Heart Association (AHA)  reports  that heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States and about 790,000 people have heart attacks each year.

Upcoming Events
February - American Heart Month
February - Black History Month
February - National Children's Dental Health Month
Feb. 20 - Presidents' Day