Jersey City Mind/Spirit/Body Program

NEWS UPDATE: Jersey City is a Spotlight Award Honorable Mention!

Recognition: By reclassifying community violence as a health issue, the Mind/Spirit/Body Program offers different solutions for promoting healthier behaviors and reducing violence. Local partners are focusing on improving youth health in new and engaging ways that include non-traditional activities, such as chess and yoga.

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"We are incredibly proud to have received honorable mention in the HealthyCommunity50 Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge for our Mind/Spirit/Body Program. Here in Jersey City, we are committed to working with our partners to find solutions to our most challenging issues. The Mind/Spirit/Body Program helps us to reframe violence as the community health issue that it is, while keeping Jersey City's kids healthy, engaged, and most importantly, safe." - Mayor Steven M. Fulop

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Location: Jersey City, New Jersey, population 264,290

The Problem: The city experiences incidences of threats, crime, violence and weapons confiscation in the general community and in schools.

Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Approach: The Mind/Spirit/Body Project is an innovative approach to reframing the way we think about and react to violence in a city environment, especially violence that impacts and influences youth populations. By reclassifying community violence as a health issue, the project offers a different perspective by implementing healthy behaviors as a strategy for reducing violence. The Mind/Spirit/Body project will take a holistic health approach and will serve youth though activities that support healthy development of the mind, spirit and body with the intent of reducing violence in the community.

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