Shaping Dover

Through the Shaping NJ grant, Shaping Dover has coordinated assessments in the community to determine the nutritional gaps in Dover among the Hispanic/Latino community as well as the gaps in physical activity. Through the assessment we hope to encourage healthy eating habits and increase physical activity to improve the health of the Dover Community.

We have reached out to the restaurant business owners of ethnic restaurants in the Dover area to discuss the possibility of adding healthier options to their menus. Through this partnership we can provide healthier options to the community and increase signage to highlight healthier items on the menu. We hope to increase the number of people ordering healthier options at restaurants in the Dover area.

The assessments will be conducted at supermarkets, corner stores, colleges, local restaurants and community organizations in Dover. Shaping Dover has brought together partners in the community including Zufall Health Center, Head Start Community Program of Morris County, Berkeley College, ADP Insurance Agency, and local restaurant business owners.

To collect data, a consultant will conduct assessments for food environment and physical activity in the Dover Community. The results of the survey will guide us on where we can focus our resources to make the most impactful environmental change. Shaping Dover will also use the partners to assist in conducting assessments in their organizations. The assessment will be conducted for approximately six months. Based on the conclusions of our assessment, Shaping Dover will develop an action plan to address the greatest needs.

At our last Shaping Dover meeting, from left to right, Carlos Caprioli, Program Manager of the Morris County Family Success Center; Nisha Mehta, Coordinator for Healthy Communities, Atlantic Health System; Michelle Blanchfield, Director of Special Populations of Zufall Health Center; Susan O'Donnell, Executive Director of Head Start Program of Morris County; Miguel Leon, Director of ADP Insurance Agencies; Michelle Pimentel, Intern from William Paterson University, Public Health Department; and Wilson Vazquez, owner of Sabor Latino Restaurant and Las Costillas de Pedro Restaurant.

At our last Shaping Dover meeting, from left to right, Carlos Caprioli, Program Manager of the Morris County Family Success Center; Nisha Mehta, Coordinator for Healthy Communities, Atlantic Health System; Michelle Blanchfield, Director of Special Populations of Zufall Health Center; Susan O’Donnell, Executive Director of Head Start Program of Morris County; Miguel Leon, Director of ADP Insurance Agencies; Michelle Pimentel, Intern from William Paterson University, Public Health Department; and Wilson Vazquez, owner of Sabor Latino Restaurant and Las Costillas de Pedro Restaurant.

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