The Partnership for Healthy Eating initiative was launched in November of 2018. The Community Chest, the lead agency, launched the partnership in collaboration with Englewood Health (formerly Englewood Hospital and Medical Center), the Center for Food Action, Office of Concern Food Pantry at St. Cecilia Church, Age-Friendly Englewood, and the City of Englewood-Health Department.
Initiative Addresses a Serious Health Crisis
Since its inception, The Partnership for Healthy Eating has sponsored nine community dinners since the fall of 2018, serving more than 500 people from our community. The program responds to disturbing statistics about the health of many residents of Englewood, particularly those from minority populations. A survey of patients in the Englewood Health Service (formerly Englewood Hospital) area found:
· 10.9% of adults have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or borderline” diabetes versus 5.7% nationwide;
· more than 1 in 5 adults in the Hispanic community in the hospital’s service area are considered obese; and
· childhood obesity prevails in the service area with 23.9% boys and 21.6% girls, more than double the national average of 9.5%
The Partnership created a community-based nutrition education program offered to low-income residents of Englewood with obesity and diabetes. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Partnership's program provided monthly dinners for residents of Englewood. Groups of up to 100 people were brought together in accessible locations, including community rooms and houses of worship. Residents were invited to participate by area food pantries, the City of Englewood-Health Department, the Federally Qualified Health Center in Englewood, Age-Friendly Englewood and the congregants of the host houses of worship. In response to the changing landscape and rules resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, The Community Chest is creating a COVID-19 sensitive plan to implement in the coming months.
Contributions to the Partnership for Healthy Eating initiative continue to be accepted and may be done by mailing a check to The Community Chest, located at 122 South Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey 07631. An online donation may be made at The Community Chest's website, www.thecommunitychestebc.org/, by clicking the Donate button.
For further information about The Community Chest and the Partnership for Healthy Eating initiative, contact (201) 568-7474.
About The Community Chest
Founded in 1933, The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, has supported local not-for-profit agencies for 86 years. The Chest leads initiatives and supports nonprofits that make our communities stronger and benefit people in need in eastern Bergen County. Each year, The Chest raises funds and allocates them to agencies demonstrating the capacity to provide services to local citizens. The organization also provides coordinating and planning services in its communities, serving as a bridge between agencies and organizations and investing in the stability and quality of the service network.
The Community Chest's Board of Managers is comprised of community leaders dedicated to improving the lives of neighbors in need. People interested in being considered for board membership may contact executive director Shelly Wimpfheimer at (201) 568-7474.
For further information about The Chest, visit www.thecommunitychestebc.org/ or contact (201) 568-7474. Stay updated about the organization’s activities on Facebook and Twitter.
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Photo Caption: The Partnership for Healthy Eating created Healthy Eating on a Budget, a cookbook providing healthy recipes, for families attending the monthly dinner meetings, where nutritious meals were prepared and served.