Mayor’s Wellness Campaign Promotes Healthy Lifestyle & Fitness

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By Mayor John E. McCormac

The Mayor’s Wellness Campaign is moving “full steam ahead” this spring and summer promoting active lifestyles and community fitness throughout Woodbridge Township. With more than 230 mayors across the state participating in the “Mayor’s Wellness Campaign,” we think it’s a great way to get local residents involved in the many and varied township wellness events and programs.

Last June, we formed the “Mayor’s Wellness” Committee which included representatives from the Municipal Council, the Department’s of Health and Recreation, the YMCA at the Woodbridge Community Center, The Club at Woodbridge, the Woodbridge Township School District, and various Township businesses committed to “wellness.” As a result of the dedicated enthusiasm of the Wellness Committee, the Woodbridge Township “Mayor’s Wellness Campaign” was officially born on June 1, 2007 with a proclamation announcing “Mayor’s Wellness Month” in Woodbridge Township.

This year, we’re looking forward to many more “wellness” events geared to involve more and more residents—from the youngest of children to our senior community. For runners and joggers, the “Mayor’s Wellness Campaign” is creating a map of running routes that link each of the township’s ten towns. For bikers, September brings the “Tour d’ Woodbridge”—a 25-plus mile bike tour of the township.

For chefs and cooks, the “Mayor’s Wellness Campaign” is seeking healthy recipes for inclusion in a “Wellness Woodbridge” cookbook. For those who dine out, the township’s marketing manager is working with restaurants, diners and eating establishments to offer a “Mayor’s Healthy Choice” menu item. And, the “coup de grace” is the Sept. 12, 13 and 14 Senior Olympics, when the township will host the statewide New Jersey Senior Olympic competition which is expected to bring hundreds of senior athletes into the community for serious athletic competition

On May 7, we’ll be hosting the “Mayors Healthy Cook-Off” at the Woodbridge Wegmans, 15 Woodbridge Center Drive. The “Mayors Healthy Cook-Off” will involve Mayor’s from Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties competing in three cooking categories – Best Tasting, Best Presentation, Healthiest and Best Overall. I encourage everyone to attend the first-ever Central New Jersey “Mayors Healthy Cook-Off—it’s a great way to begin your wellness program.

The township cable TV station (TV – 35) has produced a new half-hour show—Wellness Woodbridge—which reaches tens of thousands of area residents offering a wide array of health, fitness, nutritional, food preparation and medical information, timely interviews and exercise programs. On April 28, TV-35 will begin airing “Seniorsize”—a new, senior-oriented work-out program. The daily work-out show targets the township’s homebound senior population and provides “easy to participate” exercises “by and for seniors.”

Also, May is Senior Month in Woodbridge Township. I will again host the “Senior Summit” at the Community Center on Mon., May 12 at 10 a.m. Plan to attend so you can learn what we’re doing to assist senior residents. There are many social, community and informative events and programs scheduled during Senior Month, including a May 5 seminar at the Health Center to explain changes in Medicare, retirement benefits and Social Security, healthy cooking classes for individuals with diabetes on May 16, and a senior health and fitness day at The Club at Woodbridge on May 21.

For more information about the “Mayor’s Wellness Campaign,” or upcoming “Senior Month” events, call the Mayor’s Office at 732-602-6015 or go to the township web page at: www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us.


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