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City of Asbury Park Mayor's Wellness Committee Partners with Interfaith Neighbors for Stigma-Free Asbury Park “You Feel What You Eat: Exploring the Connection Between Behavioral Health and Nutrition” Events May 13 through May 20, 2023
5/4/23, Asbury Park, NJ – The City of Asbury Park Mayor’s Wellness Committee, in partnership with Interfaith Neighbors, announces a week of Stigma-Free Asbury Park events in May, an effort to raise awareness and overcome the stigma often associated with behavioral health challenges. The events coincide with Mental Health Awareness Month. This weeklong series of daily events – You feel what you eat, exploring the connection between behavioral health and nutrition – aims to help improve our community’s mental health by sharing resources on accessing a consistent supply of free or affordable, culturally-appropriate, nutritious food and knowledge on how to prepare it. Included in the week’s events is the Asbury Park Plant-Powered Challenge, where anyone can join in to learn about the power of fresh food for your mind, body, and spirit in the days leading up to the event. Sign up for the Challenge by visiting www.tinyurl.com/plantpoweredchallenge.
The events include:
“We look forward to our community coming out to learn and share their experiences so that we can have a healthier Asbury Park area,” stated Karyn Moskowitz, the event’s organizer. She continued to explain the severity, stating, “the number one cause of death in NJ is heart disease. We know that food is medicine, and a consistent supply of fresh produce will help save lives, as well as the knowledge on how to incorporate it into our daily lives. We hope you enjoy hearing from our community’s experts.”
“Helping Asbury Park become a stigma free community is a challenging yet worthy effort,” said author, community activist and Asbury Park Mayor’s Wellness Committee Member Pamela Major. Major stressed the connection of mental health to food, explaining “Our understanding of mental health is evolving, and we are coming to grips with attacking this issue from every angle; we must make nutrition part of this effort. We don’t blame or shame, we claim our power and fight to be stigma free.”
“This year, the City of Asbury Park Mayor’s Wellness Committee is partnering with local non-profit organizations to create monthly events that raise awareness and create discussion in support of a Stigma-Free Asbury Park,” said Mayor John Moor. He continued, stating “we’d like to thank Karyn Moskowitz for the tremendous efforts she has put into organizing these events and Interfaith Neighbors for their support of this important program. The Stigma-Free Asbury Park program aims to create a culture where residents feel supported by their neighbors and feel free to seek treatment without fear of stigma.”
@NJCommunityFoodConnection (Instagram) and https://www.facebook.com/CommunityFoodConnectionNJ (Facebook) and follow us and share. Signup here for https://tinyurl.com/StigmaFreeAP volunteering for the Stigma-Free Asbury Park May events. For more information, please call Karyn Moskowitz, Interfaith Neighbors, at 502-475-8979 or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions, or to help support the City’s Stigma-Free Asbury Park program, contact Lilibeth Corrales at 732-502-4528 or email Lilibeth.Corrales@cityofasburypark.com. For more information, visit www.cityofasburypark.com/wellness.