December 2, 2016
Healthier Somerset, through the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network, hosted “FIVE A DAY: THE IMPORTANCE OF EATING FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES,” for the Green Brook Seniors Club on Tuesday, November 15. Twenty-three seniors attended the presentation by Joanne Gordon, PD, Clinical Dietician, Registered Dietician, Food and Nutrition Services at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.
Each attendee received a bag of in-season fruit and vegetables. The groceries were purchased with the NJHCN grant money from Malanga Farms in Warren, New Jersey. Thirty bags were purchased, and the remaining bags were raffled at the Green Brook Seniors Thanksgiving Day party.
Joanne Gordon, the dietitian who presented the program, awarded prizes of pedometers and books to attendees who answered nutrition questions correctly. The prizes were provided by RWJUH Somerset. Evaluations from attendees showed that the presentation was well-received.
Planning has begun for farmers markets to be held next year in Green Brook and Bridgewater, the two municipalities in our grant that did not host farmers markets this year. (North Plainfield, the remaining municipality, has a farmers market in place). By working with municipal officials and local health officers, we believe that we are creating a sustainable framework that will keep the farmers markets in place after this grant is ended.