The Partnership for Maternal & Child Health of Northern New Jersey received a two-year grant from the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids/NJ YMCA through the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network.
The funds were used to create a new program called Shaping Dover.
Shaping Dover is a community health initiative that supports environmental and policy change to improve the health of the people of Dover, New Jersey, by developing action plans that focus on increasing physical activity and promoting healthy food choices. These plans include, but are not limited to, adding healthy foods to the menus of local restaurants and supermarkets and by educating the people of Dover about a healthy diet through community health and nutrition classes. The plans also include encouraging exercise in the parks and community agencies.
Community partners from local government, education, social services organizations and the broader community collaborate on the grant implementation. Partners include: the Town of Dover, NORWESCAP Early Head Start, Head Start Community Program of Morris County, Little People’s Academy, El Primer Paso Day Care, Connect to Walk, Morris Parks Commission, SPAN, Prevention is Key, Salvation Army, Zufall Health Center, Atlantic Health System, SNAP, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Morris County, First Presbyterian Church, Proceed, Sabor Latino Restaurant, Al’s Westside Restaurant, Reebook Restaurant, Dover Lions Club and Dover Rotary Club.