Kick-Starting the Season
The Community Connections team has been putting their hands together with the others’ in the community to build stronger bridges between the healthy eating initiatives in New Brunswick. The project team was on duty on the opening day of the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market in June. Visitors to the market enjoyed the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. We informed the customers about the other local healthy eating opportunities such as the Hub City Fresh Healthy Corner Stores, helped them pick up healthy recipes, and provided nutrition and health-related information at the “nutrition” table of the market.
About 180 people participated in the activities on the opening day of the market, which was filled with fun activities including henna, face painting for kids, yoga for all ages, and cooking demonstrations by a local chef from Elijah’s Promise. The residents enjoyed the live music performers, and several of the children at the market joined singer Bobby Beetcut in performing some of the songs. The residents watched the inspiring cultural dance performance of the talented youth dance group, Sagrada Familia Dance Troupe. As we aim for improving retail food environments in support of access to healthy foods, as well as community social support for healthy living, opening day at the market was very fitting to interact with the community members and celebrate the day together
About the Grantee
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.