Look…..grass!

 

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Walking by High Mountain and really, anywhere else in the Northeast…….I came across a strange green, textured natural material that hasn’t been seen since November.  Yet, I’m not getting too comfortable since more snow is getting dumped on us today and tomorrow.  It might be a few more days until I see it again….

Anyhow, I am happy to say that we are moving along with our trailhead improvements.  By chance, I had a meeting with members of William Paterson University, The Nature Conservancy, and the NY/NJ Trail Conference.  The meeting was regarding the High Mountain trails and potential cleanups, but I saw an opportunity to explain this great program to them to try and gather some additional support.  SUCCESS!  Who knows, this may open us up to more opportunities in the future.  Once I have the list of potential improvements from members of the NY/NJ Trail Conference on what would work best at the Red Trail entrance (and once the snow melts…again)  we will begin the physical work to apply those agreed upon enhancements.

Wayne Township’s Health Department is meeting with the health educator from Chilton Hospital next week to discuss the healthy food audit that will be performed in and around William Paterson University and its surrounding food businesses.  We anticipate starting the survey in the next couple of weeks.

Good luck to everyone with their projects.  Things should start ramping up now that the good weather is here…….

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Well, almost here…….

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Wayne is ready to get people stepping and eating better

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The entrance to High Mountain Park’s Red Trail will be enhanced with a portion of a $10,000 grant from Atlantic Health System and Chilton Medical Center.28

Our community health initiative is to improve the well being of the people of Wayne, New Jersey by enhancing recreational facilities and parks that focus on increasing opportunities for physical activity and by developing action plans that focus on promoting healthy food choices, which is critical to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic.  We will focus on enhancing the existing trailhead entrance for the Red Trail section of High Mountain Park off University Place and conduct a needs assessment in the area surrounding William Paterson University and on the college campus to identify nutritional gaps that prevent college students from accessing healthy and nutritional foods.  These plans will include providing healthier food options in vending machines, and expanding the use of students’ “Pioneer Card” to include restaurants and supermarkets that offer healthier diets.  We will be partnering with the ShopRite of Wayne to offer educational programs to students and other area residents on healthy eating and nutrition.