New Jersey YMCA State Alliance Announce Recipients of Health Prizes


“Healthy NJ” social media photo contest a reflection of community efforts to help residents live healthier lives


MORRISTOWN, NJ  Grow it Green Morristown was one of three winners of the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance "Healthy NJ" social media contest. The contest is a reflection of community efforts to help residents live healthier lives. 

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The contest ran from April 24 to June 2 and offered three $500 prizes to be given to a local nonprofit organization working to Build a Culture of Health in their community.

“We launched the contest to engage New Jersey residents and organizations in the conversation around building a Culture of Health, “ said Bill Lovett, executive director of New Jersey YMCA State Alliance. “The entries we received were inspiring and demonstrated how individuals throughout New Jersey are taking notice of the many efforts taking place to make their communities healthier for living, working and playing.”

With the grant from the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance #HealthyNJContest, Grow it Green Morristown plans to finish out their ADA compliant walking path at the Early Street Community Garden. The walking path around the garden will offer the community a safe place to gather and exercise in a beautiful setting.

The Partnership for a Healthier Jersey City and CUMAC were the other two winners. CUMAC will use the grant to fuel their trucks, which allows them to pick up food throughout northern New Jersey for their pantry and partner agencies. With the food picked up by their trucks, they are able to feed the hungry and provide the community with healthy meal options.

The Partnership for a Healthier Jersey City will use the funds for social media marketing activities that highlight local health success stories, the mayor’s wellness efforts, the use of Aunt Bertha and the Healthier JC website. They also plan to promote mini-grants that the city’s Health and Human Services will award to local organizations that demonstrate the capacity to build coalitions and use best practices to achieve equity across the various social determinants of health.

“Although we could only award three, all entrants are worthy of acknowledgement as they showcase many of the great health-related efforts taking place across New Jersey to improve lives and communities,” Lovett said.

Participants shared photos on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook and nominated their favorite charity by tagging them. The contest received nearly 60 entries from various communities across New Jersey. For a look at the top photos, visit All entries are also viewable on Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook at the hashtag #HealthyNJContest.

Funding for the contest was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.