Help Yourself!

There are a lot of ways to promote healthy eating, active living, and a Better quality of life. Help yourself to these local, state and national resources:

Active Living Resources

MyFitness Pal for iPhone

This app provides a huge food database to help you keep track of what you eat and how many calories you burn when you workout. You can enter goals, view charts of your progress and see your nutritional summaries all on your phone.

BlackBerry equivalent: Calorie Counter

WebMd- Health & Fitness Center

This site focuses on ten tips to get the most out of your workouts: be consistent; follow an effective exercise routine; set realistic goals; use the buddy system; make your plan fit your life; be happy; watch the clock; call in the pros; get inspired; and finally, be patient.   You can sign up for a fitness newsletter.

New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a federal, state and local effort to enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school. SRTS facilitates the planning, development and implementation of projects that improve safety and air quality, as well as reduce traffic and fuel consumption around schools.

New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center

The New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian and Safe Routes to School Resource Centers assist public officials, transportation and health professionals, and the public in creating a safer and more accessible walking and bicycling environment through primary research, education and dissemination of information about best practices in policy and design.

Let’s Move – Get Active

This site has information on physical activities to do with your family and in your community. Check out the “Let’s Move Outside” section for tips on what to do and where to go to get in your physical activity and enjoy the outdoor weather.

Every Body Walk!

Every Body Walk! is an online educational campaign aimed at getting Americans up and moving. The website provide news and resources on walking, health information, walking maps, how to find walking groups, a personal pledge form to start walking, as well as a place to share stories about individual experiences with walking.

Essex County Running Club

Essex County Running Club welcomes runners of all levels of ability. Group runs are held every Thursday evening, June through August, and weekend mornings in the winter.

Center for Disease Control – Physical Activity

This site contains physical activity guidelines for children, adults and older adults, and through links on the left side, suggests ways to add physical activity to your life with short videos that help you get started. It also helps you to measure physical activity intensity and suggests new activities that you may not realize “count” as exercise.

Bike&Walk Montclair

Bike & Walk Montclair is a community organization dedicated to making walking and bicycling a safe, appealing and feasible choice for all users and all trips.

WebMD- Food & Fitness Planner

On this site you can assess your diet with “Diet Health Check,” calculate calories with “Food & Fitness Planner,” read about nutritional information with the “Food-o-Meter,” access fitness data with the “Fit-o-Meter,” calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI), and identify portion sizes. American Heart Association.

Collective Impact Resouces

Collective Impact

Collective Impact Readiness Assessments

Why Partnerships Fail and Steps to Prevent Failure

The Lawrence Community Partnerships Case Study

The Why and How of Working with Communities through Collective Impact: An E-Course

Voices from the Field: 10 Places Where Collective Impact Gets It Wrong

Developing Regional Community Partnerships

Build the Backbone Infrastructure

Free Apps

Passometer for iPhone

This app gives you a pedometer to measure your speed, distance and calories burned if you use it while engaging in exercise. It’s easy to set up and use and very accurate. It goes into power-saving mode once it’s in your pocket.

BlackBerry equivalent: HandyLogs Fitness

The Official Guide for New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites

Become inspired to explore NJ ‘s natural and historic world with this FREE mobile app—the only official app of New Jersey that allows you to access the most up-to-date park information such as upcoming events, weather conditions and safety alert communications, while taking in the scenery at your favorite area. Choose a park to visit by location, or by activity such as camping or fishing.

MyFitness Pal for iPhone

This app provides a huge food database to help you keep track of what you eat and how many calories you burn when you workout. You can enter goals, view charts of your progress and see your nutritional summaries all on your phone.

BlackBerry equivalent: Calorie Counter

Fooducate for iPhone

This app is for you if you go to the grocery store trying to make healthy decisions, but then can’t tell if the product you have is healthy. With this app, you scan the food item and it highlights the good and bad elements of products and even offers healthier suggestions and allows you to compare products.

Every Body Walk! App for Android and iPhone

The Every Body Walk! app enables you to personalize your walking plan, connect with walking communities, learn about the latest fitness trends and tips, and more. Get connected and get walking!

Funding Resources

Montclair Foundation

Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE)

Partners for Health Foundation

Healthy Eating Resources

Nutrition.Gov – What’s In Food

Nutrition.Gov offers online access to food and nutrition information, plus resources for shopping, cooking and meal planning.

My Food Diary

My Food Diary is a great way to track what you eat, including nutritional intake and caloric expenditure.

Let’s Move/Eat Healthy

This site has information on healthy eating for moms, families and communities alike. You can view videos of government initiatives and find simple steps to healthy eating success.

Fruits and Veggies Matter

This site provides information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention about eating fruits and vegetables. Enjoy recipes, interactive tools and determine how many fruits and vegetables you need to be eating each day.

Farmers Markets in New Jersey

An alphabetical listing of Farmers Markets located throughout New Jersey, including dates, times and locations of each market.

Eating Well

This site offers suggestions for healthy meals, including ethnic, gluten-free, vegan meals and more.

CDC Nutrition for Everyone

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s comprehensive source of nutritional information includes nutrition basics, information on fruits and vegetables, nutrition during pregnancy and other resources for more specific nutritional needs.   It can also be accessed on Facebook and Twitter.

School Food Guide

This customizable brochure, with its easy red, yellow and green system to identify healthy and acceptable snacks, is an incredible new tool designed by the Montclair Public Schools Health and Wellness Partnership parent liaisons to help parents, teachers and even students navigate a world in which our kids depend upon good nutrition for optimal learning.

American Heart Association – Nutrition Center

This site will help you set healthy nutrition goals, find healthy recipes and healthy items in the grocery store, cook healthy meals at home and keep an eye out for healthy meals when dining out. There are also links at the top of the page to physical activity suggestions and ways to teach your children to develop healthy habits as well.

Healthy Meeting Resources

Meeting Well™

University of Minnesota School of Public Health: Guidelines for Offering Healthy Foods at Meetings, Seminars and Catered Events

Eat Smart North Carolina: Guidelines for Healthy Foods and Beverages at Meetings, Gatherings and Events

Kids Corner

Nutrition Explorations

This site offers games and activities for children, in addition to an interactive food pyramid, a nutrition tracker and featured recipes from the “kids kitchen.”

My Pyramid

This site sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture has games, worksheets and coloring pages specifically designed for kids age 6-11. There are also tips for families and advice on becoming a healthy role model for children.

Kids Quiz

This site provides kids between ages 8-18 with a daily trivia quiz question about nutrition, health, physical activity and sports. There’s also a weekly drawing for a free tee-shirt for quiz winners!

Healthy School Snack Guide

Food Detectives

This site is a game where the player is a food detective out to fight bacteria. Have fun! It’s available in English and Spanish.

Policy Environmental Systems Change

A webinar on building healthier communities through policy, systems and environmental (PSE) change

Resources for Teenagers

Young Women’s Health

This site features nutrition and fitness quizzes in addition to health information specifically aimed at teen girls.

Students Taking Charge

This site is for older students looking to find out about nutrition, physical activities and school wellness facts. It also provides tips on how to investigate and advocate for healthy changes in your school.

Meals Matter

This site is designed specifically for teens. Check out the activity tracker, the food personality quiz, the meal planning tool and much, much more!

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