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October 2, 2009

Re:  Leaders’ Academy for Healthy Community Development Grants

Dear Mayor:

The NJ Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in collaboration with the NJ Department of Health and Human Services invites you to attend the 3rd Annual Leaders’ Academy for Healthy Community Development.

This event will be held on Friday, November 13th, 2009 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Registration/Breakfast 7:30- 9:00 AM) at the RWJ Hamilton- Center for Health and Wellness: 3100 Quakerbridge Road, Mercerville.

Established in 2006, the Leaders’ Academy for Healthy Community Development invites community teams and individuals to attend this training opportunity that will focus on policy& environmental change so healthy choices are easier for New Jersey residents.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Individuals and community teams including health departments, health educators, planners, school educators, decision makers (i.e. Mayor, City Council), advocates, and others interested in healthy communities. 

Following the Academy, mini grants of $2,500.00 - $10,000 will be offered through a competitive state grant process to implement a healthy community initiative.  In year 1 (2006) 150 people attended and 20 mini grants of $2,000 were given to 20 deserving communities.  In year 2 (2007) 125 people attended and 22 mini grants totaling $100,000 were awarded.  This event is now held every other year.   

Teams do not need to attend to apply; however, those that do attend will receive first consideration.    

TO REGISTER:  Registration is required; there is no fee to attend.  Please call
609-292-2209 or e-mail Carmen Santiago-Willis

Please include all team names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mails.  The deadline to register is November 6, 2009.  

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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