"KidsFit at ShopRite" is a new program aimed at fighting childhood obesity and keeping communities healthy together
RWJBarnabas Health and ShopRite announced they have partnered together to launch a free nutrition and wellness education program available to children and families at ShopRite stores throughout New Jersey and beyond. Called “KidsFit at ShopRite,” this exciting new program combines the collective visions, expertise and geographic reach of both organizations to create a powerful impact in the state, with the primary goal of preventing childhood obesity.
Children who are overweight or obese are at risk for lifelong health problems including asthma, Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, early coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure and more. Childhood obesity can be prevented and controlled with proper nutrition and lifestyle modification, which will be taught as part of this initiative.
KidsFit at ShopRite is a free, six-session curriculum-based program taught by ShopRite’s team of in-store registered dietitians that provides children ages 7-10 and their families with ways to create simple, tasty recipes while discovering the nutritional benefits of different food groups. Culinary goodies, recipes, and fun giveaways are provided at each class, which are held at local ShopRite stores.
“As our mission is to keep people healthy and to serve as an innovative resource for the communities we serve, this partnership is a perfect match bringing together New Jersey’s largest and most prestigious retail grocery cooperative and the state’s finest health care system,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and CEO, RWJBarnabas Health. “This partnership will allow both of our organizations to leverage resources to reach the youth of New Jersey and families and instill healthier eating and wellness habits. We are excited to partner with ShopRite to invest in health promotion, community outreach and overall wellness.”
“Our team of registered dietitians developed the KidsFit program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey in 2007 to address the high rates of childhood obesity seen at our health clinic,” said Barbara Mintz, Vice President for Healthy Living and Community and Employee Engagement for RWJBarnabas Health. “KidsFit is a highly-successful, multi-disciplinary educational model that encourages healthy eating and exercise as a way to both prevent and treat childhood obesity.”
KidsFit at ShopRite will be led locally by ShopRite dietitians and includes an interactive program which features scavenger hunts through the stores, cooking classes, healthy recipes and nutrition and wellness tips for kids and families.
“We’re honored to work with RWJBarnabas Health to bring the award-winning KidsFit program to life in our stores,” said Natalie Menza-Crowe, MS, RD, Director of Health and Wellness at ShopRite. “RWJBarnabas Health is a recognized leader in the health care industry and we’re proud to join forces with them to help fulfill our shared mission of working together to keep communities healthy. We strongly believe that KidsFit at ShopRite is a great program that will encourage and inspire lifelong healthy eating habits.”
To find a participating ShopRite nearest you, please visit www.Shoprite.com/KidsFit
or to learn more about the KidsFit program and download free recipes, visit www.RWJBH.org/KidsFit
The RWJBarnabas Health and ShopRite Dietitians collaborated to bring KidsFit at ShopRite to life. RDs from both teams display some of the giveaway items the kids will receive when attending the KidsFit at ShopRite program at participating ShopRite stores. (Left to right) Molly Fallon, MS, RD, Community Wellness at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center; Melanie Dwornik, MA, RD, Manager of Health and Wellness for ShopRite; Barbara Mintz, MS, RD, Vice President for Healthy Living and Community Engagement for RWJBarnabas Health; and Kerri Likakis, MS, RD, Community Wellness, at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
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About RWJBarnabas Health
RWJBarnabas Health is the most comprehensive health care delivery system in New Jersey, with a service area covering five million people. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, RWJUH in New Brunswick and Somerville, RWJUH- Hamilton, RWJUH- Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital (Children’s Specialized Hospital), a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and an accountable care organization.
RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s second largest private employer – with more than 33,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns – and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety.
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 270 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Since the program began in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $43 million to food banks that support more than 2,100 worthy charities. As a title sponsor of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, ShopRite has donated $30 million to local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.shoprite.com.