Community Health Collaborative
Novo Nordisk Inc., a global leader in diabetes care, is making a three- to five-year investment of up to $2.5 million in the health of Trenton’s children and families. Novo Nordisk conceived the Community Health Collaborative™, which is supporting efforts aimed at cultivating healthy lifestyles among grade school children, including healthy food choices and physical activity, along with educational programming for their parents.
Focusing on in-school and afterschool programming, plus district-wide wellness policies and their implementation, the Collaborative supports the work of its member organizations in two areas:
- Preventing early onset of type 2 diabetes
- Increasing the proportion of children at a healthy weight.
Programs are being funded within four main pillars:
- Empower parents and caregivers
- Provide healthy food in schools
- Improve access to healthy, affordable foods
- Increase physical activity
Grantee partners of the Community Health Collaborative
- George Street Playhouse
- Isles, Inc.
- The Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County
- The College of New Jersey
- The Food Trust
- Trenton Health Team
- Wellness in the Schools (WITS)
- YMCA State Alliance
- YMCA of Trenton
In collaboration with the Trenton Board of Education, grantees are working jointly on in-school and afterschool programming at four target elementary schools. These schools are:
- Martin Luther King
Trenton’s rates of type 2 diabetes in older children and pre-teens continue to rise, in contrast with the typical diagnosis range between ages 40-65. The Board of Education’s support of this innovative program has the potential to help Trenton’s children avoid a lifetime of health complications and decreased quality of life from diabetes. Together we can educate, energize and motivate a healthier Trenton!