For Immediate Release: September 10, 2009
Contact: Donald Sico 609-351-3591 or Emily Littman 609-393-4931
WOODBRIDGE NAMED one of MONEY MAGAZINE’S
“Top 25 Best Places in America for a Healthy Retirement”
Active Mayors Wellness Campaign Program Cited
Woodbridge, New Jersey – Woodbridge has been selected as one of the “Top 25 Best Places in America for a Healthy Retirement” according to Money Magazine (article can be found at:
Money Magazine’s analysis was based in part on their “New Jersey Healthy Town” designation and for their active participation in the Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC), which encourages active living and healthy lifestyles with a variety of community programs.
“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.”
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 John McCormac.
"Putting our community in motion towards better health is one of our top priorities in Woodbridge," said Mayor McCormac. "The recognition as one of the top 25 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.”
Woodbridge was selected due to their various MWC programs available to retirees, including healthy cooking classes, the “Mayor’s Healthy Choice” items at local restaurants, the “Wellness Woodbridge” TV show, the township’s running routes and the Tour d’Woodbridge, a 25-mile bike tour of the area.
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 secondary to obesity. 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. In 2006, each of the 566 mayors in New Jersey’s municipalities were mailed the MWC “Toolbox,” a manual designed to guide them through the implementation of wellness programs in their communities. Broken down into four major sections – Youth in Motion; Employees in Motion; Seniors in Motion; and Communities in Motion – the Toolbox outlines programs that can be directly used in every community in New Jersey.