S.T.E.P.S. for Kids received two new grants in 2010.

General Mills Foundation and the Community Foundation of South Jersey awarded the program for its commitment to improved community health. In addition, TD Bank has given a contribution to maintain the program, especially in the Bridgeton area.

S.T.E.P.S. for Kids Program Receives National Award

South Jersey Healthcare’s S.T.E.P.S. for Kids, a family-focused childhood obesity health intervention program, is the 2010 recipient of the NICHQ Outstanding Contribution to a Childhood Obesity Program. The award was presented during the NICHQ Forum for Improving Children’s Healthcare and Childhood Obesity Congress held March 8-11, 2010, in Atlanta, Georgia where 1,000 healthcare leaders met to discuss the latest methods for improving children’s healthcare.

The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ)’s mission is to improve children’s health by improving the systems responsible for the delivery of children’s healthcare. NICHQ has received a $3.25 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic trend across the nation by training, supporting and providing technical assistance to healthcare professionals in becoming advocates for change within their communities.

South Jersey Healthcare has also received 2009 American Heart Association Community Innovation Award for S.T.E.P.S. for Kids and Community Impact Recognition in the 2010 American Hospital Association Community Connections report. Presentations about the program have been given at statewide and national conferences.

Please ask for a S.T.E.P.S. brochure to see if your child can benefit from this program.  Call Garden AHEC @ 856-507-8565.



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