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Steps to a Healthier Lindenwold By Rupal Nayi

As Project Eden Year Two is half-way through, we are moving up the steps in the process of better physical activity and healthy eating habits in Lindenwold. We have made great progress in both researching programs for physical activity and healthy eating changes and establishing relationships with key stakeholders within the Lindenwold community.

As previously mentioned in a blog post, we have been working closely with Harvest House, one of the senior living facilities in Lindenwold, in implementing a better vending machine policy that provides healthy snacking options at affordable prices. One of the student interns has drafted a vending machine policy that will be presented to Harvest House. We hope to establish this policy in this facility, then use it as the groundwork for policies in other senior facilities. We are making efforts to communicate with the other two senior facilities in Lindenwold and hope to work with them soon.

In addition to working with Harvest House, we have taken steps towards establishing relationships with the staff of Lindenwold High School. We hope to work with the SNAP-Ed program to implement better physical activity and healthy eating amongst the students of Lindenwold High School. In the future, there may be possibilities to continue this work throughout the Lindenwold School District, not just the high school alone.

I am one of the student interns and am a native of Lindenwold. Growing up in Lindenwold has shaped me into the person I am today. I have experienced the struggles of being of low socioeconomic status, and how difficult it is to prioritize health, when there are many other things to worry about. I am blessed to have this opportunity to be working with Project Eden as part of an amazing and supportive team, working tirelessly to better my hometown by creating policy, system and environmental changes for healthy lifestyles. I am eternally thankful for an organization to dedicate its time to Lindenwold, a community in need of the right resources to a better life. Together, we will get to the top of the staircase to healthier eating and better physical activity in Lindenwold.

About the Grantee

Generations Inc.

Generations, Inc., a community development corporation, provides comprehensive, coordinated services to meet the needs of families and individuals, providing full access to necessary services for all ages. Innovations Ministries, a non-profit entity within Generations, promotes a proactive approach to personal development, lifestyle management and enhance overall well-being and quality of life.