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Community Connections Working Towards Healthy Living

Community Connections continued to support the availability of and access to healthier and affordable foods in New Brunswick through the Hub City Fresh Healthy Corner Stores and New Brunswick Community Farmers Market. One of the “Community Connections” in these efforts is the city’s community-based food policy council, the New Brunswick Community Food Alliance. The Food Alliance has been a loyal supporter of the Farmers Market’s activities, and the Hub City Fresh Healthy Corner Store Initiative is a priority focus for the Food Alliance’s Healthy Food Access Workgroup. Over the summer, we continued to work with the Food Alliance members in developing a set of metrics that can be useful both for the NJ Healthy Communities Network and Food Alliance. In August, Community Connections partners and others welcomed the New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill and the NJ Department of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson at the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market. We provided information about our synergistic work to the Commissioner Johnson, who also participated in the nutrition education activity that was developed to engage and inform the customers about healthier eating patterns. Our team members provided nutrition education activities throughout the season at the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market locations.

Over the summer, we also worked with our partners on getting ready for New Brunswick’s very first “farmers market going to school”! The first pop-up farmers market on school property will be held on October 26th at the Lincoln Annex School in New Brunswick.

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Rutgers The State University of New Jersey

Through its Department of Nutritional Sciences and Cooperative Extension units, Rutgers provides nutrition education, conducts nutrition- and health-related research, builds partnerships, and implements evidence-based strategies to improve the nutrition status, health and well-being of people throughout New Jersey.