May 2017 - Issue #27

Helping others with their health is part of Lisa Lee's DNA - her father is a retired neonatologist/pediatrician, and her stepmother is a retired OB-GYN nurse. Her grandfather was an herbal doctor who traveled up and down the west coast ministering to Chinese communities.

It's graduation time, and the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids is proud to celebrate two of its public health students who recently worked with the initiative and are graduating this spring. Congratulations Chinyere Eziegbo and Victoria Buhl!

The Newark and Vicinity YMCA is hitting the road and offering free programs for residents across five wards via its newly branded Y on Wheels mobile van. The Y on Wheels van made its initial debut on April 29 during a free, YMCA Healthy Kids Day celebration at Military Park in downtown Newark.

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Karen Merricks would add that it also takes a camp. In her case, the Frost Valley YMCA, a camping environmental education and conferencing center located in Claryville, New York, and part of the Catskill Mountains.

It's that time of year again! New Brunswick Tomorrow (NBT) hosted the first Ciclovia of the year on Saturday, April 23. From 11 am to 4 pm, hundreds of New Brunswick residents took to the streets to walk, ride bikes, and play.

Cumberland County's top health experts gathered to hold a public health equity forum during Minority Health Month to focus on disease prevention and general wellness for its residents.

On Saturday, April 29, the YMCA of Vineland participated in the annual YMCA's Healthy Kids Day® free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active throughout the summer.

by Victoria Buhl
Consultant, New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids

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