Did You Know?

  • Across the state, lower income urban areas and rural communities tend to have fewer supermarkets than other communities?
  • Food and drink options at small corner stores are often limited to packaged foods and little, if any, fresh produce?
  • How we design our communities strongly influences people's physical activity levels and health?
  • Safe and accessible bicycle and pedestrian facilities are essential if New Jersey residents are to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

For Communities

The Department of Health sponsors initiatives and partner organizations to improve fitness levels and access to sound nutrition in the community at large.

Get Active NJ

Get Active NJ, a training and grants program of the New Jersey Prevention Network, receives funding from the NJ Department of Health.  The program targets municipalities at higher risk for poor health outcomes, offering them grants to create written policies that promote walking, including changes to municipal master plans and Complete Street ordinances.

NJPN has created technical assistance tools for grant recipients, including a NJ Community Health Assessment, Policy Tracking & Environmental Resources Tool and a Walkability Toolkit.  NJPN staff reach out to municipalities through electronic communications (web, email, Facebook and Twitter), and through direct contact with other partners, including Safe Routes to School, NJ League of Municipalities and Sustainable JerseyTM.  Municipalities that participate in Get Active NJ are eligible for Sustainable JerseyTM Points toward the Health and Wellness Action.

Last Reviewed: 12/21/2017