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September 12, 2019 / Healthier Perth Amboy

It is a very exciting time for Healthier Perth Amboy, as we are seeing many of our efforts come to fruition.

We were able to support a local middle school teacher’s dream to build a school garden with her colleagues and their special education students.

School gardens are not just for increasing access to healthy food, but they are also a useful tool for improving social and emotional learning, a vital skill that some special education students struggle to develop. The teachers are already reporting improved moods and fewer behavioral issues in their students.

In addition, partners of the Healthier Perth Amboy coalition hosted a Job Fair, which welcomed more than 300 residents. Underemployment is an ongoing issue in the City of Perth Amboy. Therefore, education regarding opportunities to make a higher salary are integral to the health and economic state of Perth Amboy residents.

Many who are underemployed also suffer from a poor work environment. We are proud to announce that we started Healthier Perth Amboy’s first Workplace Wellness Program with a local company.

Many who are underemployed also suffer from a poor work environment. We are proud to announce that we started Healthier Perth Amboy’s first Workplace Wellness Program with a local company. Since an initial consultation, employees have reported they are excited to promote a healthier culture in their workplace.

Healthier Perth Amboy’s efforts are also being recognized by communities all over the country, as the City of Perth Amboy is a finalist for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize. This is a very prestigious award, and the coalition is honored to be considered for it.

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Author
Rebecca Pauley
Organization
Raritan Bay YMCA