PROJECT ACTION STEPS

Bloomfield Township Department of Health and Human Services selected strategies based on both a general action plan as well as discussions among team members.  Previous experience with project initiatives have also shaped our strategies going forward.

For the “Health Store Initiative” we thought that targeting stores near elementary schools would help foster healthy habits among younger students that can develop throughout their lives.  The baseline data points include the number sold of each of the four healthy products featured in the store, and the number of corner stores willing to participate in the initiative.

Owner, Vijay Shah, and Michael Hodges in front of one of the first stores to take part in the

Owner, Vijay Shah, and Michael Hodges in front of one of the first stores to take part in the “Healthy Store Initiative,” FRIENDLY NEWS & FOOD.

So far, out of the four stores approached, two stores have agreed to participate in the initiative.  FRIENDLY NEWS & FOOD on 128 Montgomery Street, owned by Vijay Shah, and TOBACCO KING II (don’t let the name fool you) on 143 Grove Street, owned by Mahesh Desai.  We are very excited to see how it all turns out!

The “Bike Rack Installation” is a continuation of past initiatives, so the strategies have been shaped by previous efforts to install the bike racks, including previous discussions on the costs of installation and the locations that would provide the most usage for the bike racks.  The baseline data point is the number of people who are using the bike racks.

Municipal Building hallways before the

Municipal Building hallways before the “Take the Stairs” initiative.

“Take the Stairs” will be started in both the Civic Center and the Municipal Building so that we could take the opportunity to learn from our efforts, improve upon them, and expand the initiatives to other public buildings in Bloomfield.  The baseline here is the number of employees who are taking the stairs.

One idea for sprucing up the stairwells.

One idea for sprucing up the stairwells.

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