CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE CHANGE YOUR HEALTH!

Jonathan and Priscilla bring Healthy Information to Emily's.

Jonathan and Priscilla bring Healthy Information to Emily’s.

Emilys Corner Store Second visit #2

Store Manager Jose becomes familiar with healthy signage.

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Karen observes a healthy new cereal that consumers can purchase.

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The team is welcomed by Jose. Success Emily’s Corner Store made 5 Healthy Changes.

Success Emily’s Corner Store made 5 Healthy Changes.

Our Corner Store Team made a second visit to Emily’s to observe the healthy changes that were made.

We observed that Jose had implemented 5 changes 100% Juice, Whole Wheat Bread, a new Veggie, 2 whole grain cereals, and a lean meat option.  The team made some suggestions for a few more items: 1% milk, more canned fruit in light syrup and 100% juice.

We will be requesting the $100 grant to support additional changes in location of items and displaying them.  We will visit the store again and begin to set up food tastings and healthy recipe cards in September.

Team members posted the corner store healthy signage to begin to educate consumers on how to make healthy choices.

Celebrating “Color Me Healthy” with Food Corp!

The YES Program of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen continues to provide opportunities of nutrition education with the families and children in New Brunswick.

Children and families enjoyed a field trip to the New Brunswick Farmer’s Market on July 23, 2015. This culminating activity as part of our “Color Me Healthy” nutrition education classes was a great celebration of our continued work on improving the knowledge of the New Brunswick community on nutrition and health.

Children, families, and staff participated in a tour of the children’s garden, enjoyed tastings of fresh fruits and vegetables, made “seed balls” with clay for planting, and took a fresh peach home to eat! All families received a $5 Market Bucks coupon to spend at the Farmer’s Market before they left.

While we were visiting, a van from Elijah’s Promise was there picking up produce to bring back to their kitchen!   Elijah’s Promise is one of several community partners that the Market serves.

Catholic Charities YES Program continues to be amazed at the energy around the subject of promoting health and nutrition within New Brunswick. This could not be possible without all of our community partners and relationships that we have developed through this project!

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A visit to the farm

DSC_0067We started this month with a visit to our farm, Willowbrook Farm.  Our farmer, Karen, has been working very hard with her crew to produce some pretty impressive healthy foods for our members.  On our visit the three families who are receiving the weekly produce were able to walk the farm and see where their veggies would be growing.  DSC_0072There were also some quick facts regarding the many different types of produce the farm would be growing this season. DSC_0081Since the members visited, the veggies are a plenty up here in Sussex County, with great thanks going to Willowbrook Farms!  Our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) recipients have been enjoying amazing bounties of vegetables each week this month.  They have enjoyed cabbage, sweet peppers, sage, lettuce, snap peas, Swiss chard, radishes and more each and every week.

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Our farmer, Karen. She is making a difference in the lives of each of our participants by growing healthy and nutritious meal options. Thanks so much Karen!

A gardening we will go, a gardening we will go!

The YES Program of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen is excited for spring and better weather ahead. With the weather breaking we have been able to begin our preparation for our planting. Through our new collaboration with the Food Corps and New Brunswick Farmers Market the children have been enjoying a variety of weekly activities surrounding healthy eating, cooking, and gardening projects. The classrooms have been busy implementing these activities since March and they have been thoroughly enjoyed!

The planting has begun for our sunflowers, tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers with the help from our Food Corps friend, Ms. Reyes. Additionally, healthy snack activities were enjoyed by the children surrounding the discussion on vegetables. Participation has been at 100%. Information and feedback on the activities implemented will be collected once the classes begin to wrap up.

Thus far, the program has enjoyed the new partnerships and expanded focus on health and nutrition through our Healthy Families Community Day in April to our partnership with 4-H and the YMCA on healthy options and physical activity ideas. The excitement for this project has been overwhelming and staff have really worked as a team to enhance the education of the community and our families on this important topic.

The program continues to plan for upcoming activities focused around health and activity. Plans for a Father’s Day Healthy Breakfast in June, a Family Fitness Fun Night in July, and workshops surrounding preparing healthy lunches are some of the events being discussed.

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Growing Our Way Toward Fitness

GEF-CSA-80The produce is in! The produce is in!! Willow Brook Farms has announced that the crop has come in and we will be distributing farm fresh produce for our three families. The fresh produce will allow our families to enjoy all the benefits of healthy eating while learning new ways to incorporate the vegetables into their meal planning. We are very excited for this kickoff to the Willow Brook Farms CSA and all the families have been invited to a reception this Saturday at the farm to meet with the farmers and see the inner workings of what it takes to get the produce to their tables.

Fit Trail 2 StretchWe are making strides in securing a Fit-Trail outdoor exercise system to be installed at Wheatsworth Park in collaboration with Hardyston Township. This exercise system contains instructional signs and exercise equipment designed for the novice wellness seeker or well conditioned athlete.   The exercises, done in a circuit, include a warm up and cool down section, which includes the distance walked or jogged between exercise stations.Fit trail1 Family

We also recently collaborated with the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce volunteering at their Off the Beaten Track 5K trail run and wellness event. This event brought runners over some of the beautiful trails of Sussex County. One goal of the event was to increase awareness of the many trails Sussex County has to offer.

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