The New Jersey Healthy Communities Network (NJHCN) brings together local, regional and statewide leaders to support communities in developing healthy environments for people to live, work, learn and play.

The movement, led by a Steering Committee, has four priority areas:

  • Communities of Practice
  • Community Grants Program
  • Advocacy
  • Funding Collaborative

Today, NJHCN has over 100 Partners including grantees, funders, advocates, and communities of practice members such as organizations, individuals, local governments, and institutions.  Partners seek to have a collective impact on community well-being by being mutually engaged, mutually accountable and sharing responsibility for goal-oriented action.  Since its inception, the Community Grants Program has awarded $2 million* in grants to grantees. *through 2017

NJHCN began when ShapingNJ and New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids brought together leadership, resources, capacity, and collaborators to support healthy eating and active living through enhancement of the built environment.

EPLB.About photo 1 school bike rackMISSION

Foster healthy eating and active living by making the healthy choice, the easy choice.


Partners envision healthy communities, where routine physical activity and healthy eating are accessible, easy, fun and affordable for everyone where they live, learn, work and play.

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