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.
IFNH Student Ambassadors represented the NJHKI at Rutgers Day on Saturday, April 30, 2022. About 250 children enjoyed the interactive booth, using their physical and nutrition literacy skills to participate in a variety of age-appropriate activities! Families were able to get additional information about NJHKI and our various projects. The day was a great success!
The Rutgers Culture of Health School Program (RCHSP), which was established with a $100,000 grant from the The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, was launched in the Edison Township Public Schools in February this year. A community outreach initiative under the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, RCHSP fosters and promotes lifestyles centered around physical activity and nutritional literacy, […]
NJHKI’s Dr. Erin Comollo and Dr. Peggy Policastro and MPH student Abigail David presented in a live webinar on the importance of understanding food literacy. The emerging framework of food literacy is a comprehensive concept including nutrition knowledge, culinary skills, and behavior change and has been demonstrated to improve nutritional intake and health outcomes (Amin […]
Drs. Erin Comollo and Peggy Policastro both presented NJHKI’s research at the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) virtual meeting. They presented Bodacious Broccoli: Assessing Preschool-Aged Children’s Liking and Acceptance of Broccoli in Different Cooking Forms, where the abstract was also published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Check out the abstract […]
NJHKI launched “Grow. Prepare. Eat.”—a free virtual food literacy program offered during Summer 2020. For this pilot program, 50 participants are engaging in a six-week virtual food literacy class to learn about the source of their food, the process that food goes through from seed to plate, and how to choose, prepare, and enjoy healthy, safe, […]
New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative Medical Director, Dr. David Krol, has been selected to serve on the Healthy Families Action Team of Healthy NJ 2030, the state’s 2030 overall health improvement plan. As a member of the Healthy Families Action Team, Dr. Krol will help develop topic area recommendations for the Healthy NJ 2030 State […]
NJHKI and FCHS Passaic County, Rutgers Cooperative Extension received a $100,000 grant from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey to work with children in KG and 7th Grade in Highland Park Public Schools, Paterson Public Schools, and the Greater Brunswick Charter School on improving their nutrition and physical activity literacy! Read more
The New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative has partnered with Greater Brunswick Charter School (GBCS) for a couple of years to provide nutrition education, culinary literacy, and physical activity programs and activities to its students. This has included biweekly field trips for kindergarten and seventh graders to attend the IFNH’s Center for Nutrition, Exercise, and Metabolism […]
NJHKI’s Dr. Peggy Policastro was quoted in an article “See how much we are now spending on groceries. (Hint: It’s a lot.)” The article focused on how people’s eating and food buying habits have changed during COVID-19. Dr. Policastro was interviewed and discussed the importance of culinary literacy during a time like this.
With schools switching to an online learning platform due to COVID19, NJHKI is finding new and innovative ways to engage with their partner schools! IFNH Nutrition Ambassadors enthusiastically offered their support, developing a series of NJHKI Culinary Literacy videos. The Center for Nutrition, Exercise, and Metabolism (NExT) staff members, also offered their support to bring healthy habits into students’ homes via physical […]
NJHKI Medical Director, Dr. David Krol, was interviewed by New Jersey Family for an article on raising healthy eaters. “Eat as a family. Make mealtime a calm, relaxed atmosphere; sit down and interact with each other. Food should be presented in an enjoyable, fun and calming setting,” said Dr. Krol. “By being present, your kids […]
NJHKI’s Director of Culinary Literacy & Nutrition, Dr. Peggy Policastro, PhD was listed as one of the 2020 Top Women in Metro New York Foodservice & Hospitality, Education category by Total Food Service. The magazine idenitifed innovators within each of the major disciplines of the foodservice and hospitality industry. Dr Policastro is one of the […]
Research shows by teaching kids to cook they shop differently, fill their plates differently, and consider their impact on the environment differently. However, for various reasons, children are often absent when the family meal is being prepared. One way to “get kids back in the kitchen” is to teach them basic culinary practices. Culinary literacy […]
NJHKI Medical Director, David Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP, served on the expert panel convened by Healthy Eating Research to develop healthy beverage recommendations for children ages 0-5 years of age. Dr. Krol represented the American Academy of Pediatrics. Other organizations represented on the expert panel included the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Academy […]
NJHKI Director of Culinary Literacy & Nutrition, Peggy Policastro, PhD, was quoted in US News & World Report in an article about family meals. “By teaching kids to cook, they shop differently, fill their plates differently and consider the impact on their environment differently,” said Dr. Policastro. Dr. Policastro emphasized, “Watching cooking is not the […]
NJHKI Program Administrator Dr. Erin Comollo, EdD presented at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) on July 28, 2019 in Orlando, FL. Dr. Comollo presented NJHKI’s goals, objectives and most current activities.
In an effort to capture the unique qualities of athletic development and to maximize impact on the health of today’s youth, the Center for Health and Human Performance (CHHP) developed a multi-faceted pilot program, funded by a grant from the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and in cooperation with the New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative. The […]
NJHKI Medical Director Dr. David Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP presented a grand rounds lecture to the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Department of Family Medicine and Community Health on June 11, 2019. Dr. Krol discussed various oral health issues throughout the lifespan, and discussed the role that nutrition plays in the development of tooth decay.
NJHKI Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Daniel Hoffman, PhD, was named to the Journal of Nutrition editorial board. The Journal of Nutrition, the official publication of the American Society of Nutrition (ASN), is the premier journal in the nutrition field. The Journal publishes peer-reviewed original research papers covering all aspects of experimental nutrition in humans and other […]
NJHKI’s Dr. Peggy Policastro, PhD was part of the Produce for Kids program podcast discussing tips on cooking basics including how families can get started cooking at home, why cooking at home is so important and what basic skills to master. Listen to Peggy on the Healthy Family Project
The New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative (NJHKI) and Hunger Free New Jersey co-hosted a congressional conversation on hunger in New Jersey, May 29th, at the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, & Health on Rutgers University’s Cook campus. Many state and federal officials, emergency food providers and advocates gathered to discuss ways to reduce hunger […]
The Kids Cook Monday Campaign and The New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative developed a video to highlight their partnership in improving culinary literacy and the value of family meals. The two organizations are aligned in their missions to help make children healthier by exposing them to cooking at a younger age. Watch the video here!
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark reached out to NJHKI in the fall of 2018 to help them develop an educational module on Nutrition and Eating for homeless mothers and children. The module, developed by NJHKI team member Peggy Policastro, PhD, with assistance from the Rutgers New Jersey Cooperative Extension, will address basic nutrition, […]
On Monday, February 18, 2019, The New Jersey Healthy Kids Initiative and RWJBarnabas Health co-hosted a KidsFit Teacher Training day at the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health (IFNH). Designed to support children’s healthy lifestyles, KidsFit is a 10-week long program that promotes healthy food choices and activities. With over 30 participants, ranging […]
New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health Ambassadors Dana Ikeda, Megan Yuen and Chelsea Cotugno joined NJHKI team member Dr. Peggy Policastro, PhD in presenting an abstract at the 2018 Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo. The abstract, “Assessing College Students’ Health Perceptions of Fat in Meals”, was published in the Journal of the […]
In November, 2018, the Culture of Health Academy (CHA) added two aeroponic towers. These towers will provide CHA students, and all students brought to the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health by NJHKI, the opportunity to grow, observe, prepare, and taste over 20 different vegetables, herbs, and fruits right inside the classroom. School […]