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The City of East Orange Announces Partnership with United Way of Essex & West Hudson for their Healthy Kids Initiative


EAST ORANGE, NJ - On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, the United Way of Essex and West Hudson (UWEWH) will partner with the City of East Orange to announce their partnership for the 4th Annual Healthy Kids Initiative Run on October 7, 2017 at the Paul Robeson Stadium/Ashland Stadium in East Orange, NJ.  

Expected in attendance will be, Mayor Lester Taylor III, Catherine Wilson, President and CEO, United Way of Essex and West Hudson, Dr. Kevin West, Superintendent, East Orange Board of Education, Osner Charles, Director of Recreation and Cultural Affairs, Dr.  Abdulsaleem R. Hasan, Ed.S., the Students of East Orange Campus High School and members of the East Orange City Council.

Through various programming, the UWEWH aims to strengthen our communities by improving the lives of individuals, children and the families they serve. With the Healthy Kids Initiative, UWEWH is working to extend access to health care and wellness services that will enable more people to live healthier lives. The 4th Annual Healthy Kids Initiative Run supports the UWEWH's initiatives in health, education and financial stability to support children and their families. 

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The City’s award winning Summer Food Program hosted 5 kick-off events, one in each of the City’s wards, and was lauded for the largest participation in the County.  Just last month, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) presented the City with the USDA Champion Award, for the second year in a row. Student Ambassadors gave peer mentoring to children in the program, and marketed the program through word of mouth.  “We took this initiative on as a campaign to inform our residents of the food program and the benefits to our City’s youth,” said Mayor Taylor.  He went onto say that “ the campaign included major marketing practices which included but was not limited to Facebook, the City’s website, banners in all five of the City’s ward and even a Teen Media Camp YouTube commercial that received over seven thousand hits.”  East Orange leads Essex County, the most populous county in the state in servicing the most eligible children for this program.  

The Run will kick off on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. and starting point the Paul Robeson Stadium, 116 Hamilton Street, East Orange, New Jersey. 

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