This summer, the New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative (NJHKI) worked both on and off Rutgers campus to educate local youth about nutrition and its importance in overall health. Partnerships with Scarlet Kids summer camp on Cook Campus and New Brunswick’s New Brunswick Fit summer wellness program granted dozens of kids and teens access to interactive and invaluable nutrition education. […]
Alessandra Sommer (SEBS’23, Nutritional Sciences, with a Dietetics option) began her work with NJHKI on the Rutgers Culture of Health School Program, which fosters and promotes lifestyles centered around physical activity and nutritional literacy for youth. Alessandra began by teaching classes, with supervision, to pre-K students in the Edison Townships Public Schools. By the end […]
This March, the New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative (NJHKI) partnered with Forging Youth Resilience (FYR) to deliver nutrition curriculum for FYR’s national network of 24 clubs at the FYR Local Club Summit in Denver, CO. FYR is a nonprofit organization with the mission to empower young people to build physical and mental strength by supplying […]
NJHKI’s Dr. Peggy Policastro and Alison Brown and NJHKI Ambassador Jenny Campbell presented at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ FNCE 2022 about the Healthy Helpers virtual culinary literacy program. The Healthy Helpers was a school-based virtual intervention, supported by evidence-based practices of how virtual culinary literacy programs can improve vegetable intake and dietary behaviors […]
NJHKI Program Development Administrator, Dr. Erin Comollo, was interviewed by NJ Spotlight about the September 30th expiration of COVID-19 funding for the temporary universal free school-meal program that thousands of NJ families have been reliant upon. View the 3-minute interview here.