Community Health Collaborative

Overview 

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 coordinated by the Trenton Health Team and 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:

  1. Empower parents and caregivers
  2. Provide healthy food in schools
  3. Improve access to healthy, affordable foods
  4. Increase physical activity

Grantee partners of the Community Health Collaborative

  • George Street Playhouse
  • GoNoodle
  • Isles, Inc.
  • The Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County
  • The College of New Jersey
  • The Food Trust
  • Wellness in the Schools (WITS)
  • YMCA State Alliance
  • YMCA of Trenton

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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:

  1. Robbins
  2. Jefferson
  3. Columbus
  4. 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!

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