UrbanPromise receives grant from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey for $40,000 to fund Eat Well, Move Well, Be Well

(Camden, NJ - October 11, 2018) UrbanPromise has received a grant of $40,000 from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. The grant will fund the Eat Well, Move Well, Be Well initiative, which aims to prevent obesity among the 700+ youth that engage in UrbanPromise’s programs each year.

“The grant from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey will enable UrbanPromise to continue important work to prevent childhood obesity among participants through healthy eating and increased physical activity. Over the past few years, we’ve been working to establish a culture of wellness within our schools by integrating physical activity throughout the day. This year we are also making movement a daily priority in our after school and summer camp programs through games, sports, brain breaks, special events, and trips,” said Siomara Wedderburn, Wellness Center Director at UrbanPromise. “The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is a critical partner in this work; it simply would not be possible without their support.”

The Eat Well, Move Well, Be Well project also includes cooking classes, nutrition education, school meal programs, one-on-one coaching for teachers that help them to incorporate UrbanPromise’s Core Strategies to Increase Movement throughout the day, and supporting a community food co-op for 200 local households.
This morning, Jennifer Goudy, Senior Program Officer for The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey visited a cooking class supported by UrbanPromise and partners at Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Camden County.  The focus of today’s lesson was apples; types of apples, parts of the apple, fun apple facts, nutritional information, and apple cooking tips! The 8th grade chefs prepared BBQ Chicken Apple Pizza. Students chopped and measured ingredients, then formed an assembly line to cover their whole grain pizza crust.

“We commend UrbanPromise for its innovative and engaging approach to nutrition education and physical activity,” said Jonathan R. Pearson, Executive Director of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.  “By teaching young people valuable wellness lessons, including food preparation, UrbanPromise’s programs lay the groundwork for healthy habits that last a lifetime.”

About The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is committed to working alongside those who can help us improve our neighbors’ health, inform their health decisions and inspire them to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. The Foundation’s mission is to support organization’s that make New Jersey healthier. The Foundation has three funding pillars, Caring, Connecting and Creating. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is the sole member of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, both of which are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information please visit http://community.horizonblue.com.