Woodbridge Captures State Recognition As “New Jersey Healthy Town”

By Mayor John McCormac

I am proud to report that Woodbridge has received a prestigious, statewide honor from the New Jersey League of Municipalities and the statewide Mayors’ Wellness Committee as a “New Jersey Healthy Town.”  The award – we are only the fourth town in the state to receive the recognition – is for our strong and active participation in the Mayors’ Wellness Campaign.

 “We are delighted to recognize the efforts of Mayor McCormac and Woodbridge to promote active living and healthy lifestyles through the Mayors’ Wellness Campaign,” said Judy Doyle, Mayors’ Wellness Campaign Director. “Our statewide effort, which now involves more than 250 New Jersey towns, is beginning to pay dividends.”

As Mayor, I am a strong advocate for the health and welfare of the entire township.  The Mayors’ Wellness Campaign is working hard to put our community in motion towards better health and fitness.  It goes without saying that recognition as a New Jersey Healthy Town speaks volumes about our community commitment to better health.

Councilman Gregg Ficarra, Chairman of the Mayors’ Wellness Campaign, noted that Woodbridge has instituted scores of wellness programs for children, young adults, adults, and Senior residents, including… “Fitness Check” for school-age children; lead poison and asthma screening and anti-obesity nutrition programs for children; “Lunch and Learn” for Seniors; the statewide New Jersey Senior Olympics; “Active Older Adults Day;” “Seniorcize” (a daily exercise program for Seniors which airs daily on the Township cable television network); and the “Celebration 50+ Expo.  

Township-wide wellness events include the Downtown Farmers Market; Mayor’s Health Expo; Healthy Community Walking Initiative; hosting walks, workshops, and health awareness events for ALS, American Cancer Society and other associations; sponsor of the annual Crossroads 10K run; Health Department-sponsored flu & pneumonia vaccine clinics and health awareness initiatives; Swim-a-Thon for Fitness, “We Feed Woodbridge” food drives; Mayors’ Healthy Cook-off; Tour de Woodbridge bike tour; Mayor’s Health Walk; Downtown Health & Fitness Day; Walk Your Child to School Day; Wellness Woodbridge” television show; and the Mayor’s Healthy Choice Menu in local restaurants.

As part of the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, I would like to remind Atom Tabloid readers of the many upcoming Fall programs and events.  The Downtown Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday through October 25 with fresh fruits and fall vegetables, baked goods, seafood, cheeses and pickles, and many more healthy foods “on the table.”  There will also be special events and programs for one-and-all… “Stuff a Scarecrow on Sept. 27… play Family Feud on Oct. 4… Pumpkin Painting on Oct. 18… and Trick-or-Treat on Oct. 25.

The Mayor’s Health Expo is scheduled for Sat., Oct. 18 at The Club at Woodbridge.  Take advantage of FREE health screenings and wellness programs… call the Health Department at 732-855-0600 for more information.  On Oct. 10, Woodbridge restaurants are participating in the first-ever “Taste of Woodbridge” at the Community Center… experience the “best” foods Woodbridge restaurants offer (call the Mayor’s Office at 732-634-4500 for ticket information.)  And, the Barron Arts Center has a full fall schedule with a special exhibition of “Works of Art on Paper” opening on Oct. 4 and the Barron Fest “arts & crafts” show scheduled for Oct. 11 at Parker Press Park.  

For more information about Woodbridge Township programs and events, log-on to the Woodbridge Township Web Page at www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us



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