The 2013 ShapingNJ Community Grant Initiative supported local strategies to make the healthy choice, the easy choice and to prevent obesity in 18 communities at high‐risk for this health outcome.
- Bloomfield Health Department
- NJ Partnership for Healthy Kids - Camden
- Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges (East Orange)
- YMCA of Eastern Union County (Elizabeth)
- Garfield YMCA
- Irvington Health Department
- Raritan Valley YMCA (East Brunswick, New Brunswick)
- YMCA of Newark and Vicinity
- Raritan Bay Area YMCA (Perth Amboy)
- Plainfield Area YMCA
- Greater Trenton Area YMCA
- Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA
- AtlantiCare Foundation (Egg Harbor City)
- Monmouth County Regional Health Commission (Red Bank)
- Alliance for Morris County Parks (Morristown)
- Bergen County Technical Schools (Paramus)
- Prodigal Sons and Daughters (Newark)
- Centra State Foundation (Freehold)
- 80% of grantees reported progress toward or achievement of policy changes that made healthy food more accessible.
- 74% reported progress toward or achievement of policy changes that meade physical activity easier.
- These changes include:
- Creating a company policy to provide time during work hours for physical activity
- Expanding school breakfast programs to all schools in a district
- Creating a church wellness policy that calls for healthy food and drink options to be served whenever food is served
- 78% of grantees reported progress toward or achievement of changing the environment to make healthy food more accessible
- 69% of grantees reported progress toward or achievement of changing the environment to make opportunities for physical activity more accessible
- These changes include:
- Creating school and community gardens
- Adding bike racks around the community
- Making neighborhood streets safer for walking
- Opening up neighborhood streets for play activities and sports
Grantees reported increased comunity involvement, awareness and support of obesity prevention during the project. Relationship building was a key outcome reported by grantees.
"What has been done has been revolutionary for [our community]. It brought partners out of the woodwork once they found out what we are trying to do. [Our project] helped us build a network to organizations we did not know existed."
"Our relationship [with the municipal health department] seems to have really skyrocketed since the beginning of the grant."
ONF and the New Jersey Council for Physical Fitness and Sports funded these grants. The Center for Research and Evaluation for Education and Human Services at Montclair State University conducted the evaluation.