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Making an Impact in the school system

Shaping Dover, a program from the Partnership for Maternal & Child Health of Northern New Jersey and supported by funding from Atlantic Health System as part of the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network, not only focuses on improving access to physical activities in our community, but also teaches people to have a healthier lifestyle such as better eating habits. Studies show that about 80 percent of Americans are not consuming enough fruits and vegetables. Juicing could be the way to start!

Every month, Shaping Dover conducts a meeting where other agencies and restaurant owners participate in order to network and brainstorm ideas as part of our initiative. James Galindo, owner of Reboot 111 and original Shaping Dover Team member, started collaborating with all of our Dover School District Schools and was able to establish a policy change in the Town of Dover.

Thanks to his participation in Shaping Dover and his altruistic desire to have healthier eating options in our community, James was able to connect with the schools and eliminate soda machines by substituting them with natural fresh squeezed juice.

James says he feels he is making an impact in our community and hopes to introduce his delicious juices to other schools elsewhere for the benefit of our children.

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Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey

Shaping Dover, a program of the Partnership for Maternal & Child Health of Northern NJ, is a community health initiative to improve the health of the people of Dover, New Jersey, by developing plans that focus on increasing physical activity and promoting healthy food choices. Our goal is to add healthy foods to the menus of restaurants and to encourage physical activities.