WOODBRIDGE – Woodbridge has been selected as one of the “Top 20 Best Places in America for a Healthy Retirement” according to CNN-Money Magazine.
Money Magazine’s analysis was based in part on the “New Jersey Healthy Town” designation and for active participation in the Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC) which encourages active living and healthy lifestyles with a variety of community programs.
“Putting our community in motion towards better health is one of our top priorities in Woodbridge,” said Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac. “The recognition as one of the top 20 best places in America for a healthy retirement shows our community’s commitment to better health, not only for our senior citizens, but for all our citizens.”
One of only six communities in New Jersey to receive designation as a New Jersey “Healthy Town” by the Mayors Wellness Campaign, Woodbridge has been a strong and active participant in the MWC, thanks to the leadership of Mayor McCormac.
“We are thrilled that Money Magazine has recognized the efforts of Woodbridge to promote active living and healthy lifestyles through the Mayors Wellness Campaign,” said Emily Littman, Director of the Mayors Wellness Campaign. “Our statewide effort, which now involves more than half of all New Jersey towns, is really making a difference.”
Woodbridge was selected due to their various MWC programs, including the “Wellness Woodbridge” TV show, the various Township-sponsored physical fitness and wellness initiatives, 10K, 5K & Fun Run events, the Tour d’Woodbridge 25-mile bike tour, healthy cooking classes, the “Mayor’s Healthy Choice” dining items at local restaurants, wellness partnership with the YMCA and The Club of Woodbridge and annual Mayor’s Health & Wellness Expo.
The Mayors Wellness Campaign is an initiative of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute (www.njhcqi.org) in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities (www.njslom.org). The MWC supports mayors as champions of community health. The goal is to increase opportunities for New Jersey residents to participate in daily physical activity with a long-term goal of reducing health care costs.
Through public-private partnerships, the MWC provides structure and resources for healthy community initiatives. By encouraging mayors to play a leadership role in supporting local opportunities for active, healthy lifestyles, the intent of the MWC is to improve health and make New Jersey a national leader in community-based health interventions.
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