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Jersey City a finalist for $500K healthy living prize

Jersey City received a check for $10,000 for implementing programs to promote healthy living — and is in the running for $500,000 more.

The funding comes from Aetna Foundation’s Healthiest Cities Counties Challenge, launched in 2016 to empower 50 small-to-midsize cities and counties to implement innovative solutions for their local public health issues.

Jersey City City Council President Rolando Lavarro Jr. and Councilman Rich Boggiano joined with representatives from the Aetna Foundation and local community partners for the City Hall ceremony where the city was named a finalist in the challenge. 

Jersey City, whose grant application focused on addressing violence as a public health issue, is one of 15 finalist cities nationwide that could receive a final grant of $500,000.

In addition to the Lavarro and Boggiano, representatives of the Department of Health Human Services, CarePoint Health, the Jersey City Medical Center, Saint Peter’s University, Kings Knight Chess and the JC Anti-Violence Coalition took part in the event.

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