The mission of Get Moving - Get Healthy New Jersey (GMGH) is to improve the health of individuals, families and communities.
Get Moving - Get Healthy New Jersey encourages a healthy lifestyle, especially healthy eating and physical activity, through educational programs, a website, publications, and targeted marketing campaigns.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension works in partnership with state and local governments, research institutions, professional groups, corporations, and private organizations to achieve this mission.
An Advisory Coalition of members from government agencies and departments; schools, educational and professional organizations, private industry, and others provides guidance and assistance in the planning, implantation and evaluation of this initiative.
The GMGH team conducted a Nutrition and Health Survey in 2006-2007 to determine the nutrition and health status, needs, and educational program delivery preferences of the NJ residents. This survey aims to help the GMGH team to tailor our outreach programs according to the needs and the preferences of the target communities. The survey and GMGH outreach programs incorporate research opportunities for Rutgers students and faculty.
Evaluation of all outreach methods will enable us to document the impact of GMGH.
Website: Website features current information and practical suggestions regarding healthful eating, nutrition, lifestyle, and physical activity for individuals and families, including a section specifically for youth.
Public Awareness Campaign: Creates awareness of GMGH and publicize website and educational opportunities through press releases, radio PSAs, marketing cards & more.
Child Health Summit: Fighting Back Against Childhood Obesity: CHS provides professional development and networking to address the child obesity issue.
Building Healthy Kids Coalitions: Each county that has held a Child Health Summit has formed a BHKC to continue to address the child obesity issue at the local level. Activities vary and include walking programs and networking.
Get Moving - Get Healthy with NJ 4-H: is collection of hands-on activities to teach youth (targeted at grades 1-8) about Choose Myplate, portion sizes, sugar in beverages and other healthy eating behaviors, including physical activity. Students complete pre and post tests. A kit containing all teaching materials is available.