Places of worship play prominent, influential roles in the City of Newark. Creating a culture of wellness in houses of worship and beyond, increasing opportunities for healthy eating and active living will require the pivotal leadership of Newark’s faith communities. The Newark YMCA along with The New Jersey Partnership with Healthy Kids-Newark are happy to collaborate with Gethsemane Baptist Church, Welcome Baptist, and First Tabernacle to support health and wellness activities within their churches.
To assist these churches, the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Newark is working to reduce health disparities in our communities, increasing physical activity programs and promoting healthier eating habits. Some of the projects we’re seeking to highlight include a Senior Walking Club, The SWAG Project: A Community Garden and creating a Health and Wellness Policy that will require training and health education of food staff. Forging a strong relationship with our houses of worship is essential to creating healthier environments for people to live and thrive in Newark.