407 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618  (609)695-3481  NJLM logo 
William G. Dressel Jr, Executive Director - Michael J. Darcey, CAE, Asst Executive Director
NJLM - Mayors Wellness Campaign
Mayors Wellness Campaign

Unique Partnership Will Help Local Communities Stay Fit

The Mayors Wellness Campaign 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.

"Obesity rates and the resulting incidences of diabetes, heart disease and hypertension are rising at alarming rates for New Jerseyans, but this trend could be reversed with changes to diet and exercise regimens," said Commissioner Jacobs.  "I am pleased to join the Mayor's Wellness Campaign in helping New Jersey's elected officials build programs and
infrastructure to get their constituents exercising more, eating properly and living healthier and better lives."

“Aetna is supporting the Mayors Wellness Campaign with a grant of $200,000,” said John W. Rowe, M.D., Aetna Chairman and CEO.  “Fighting obesity, and the challenges that it can present with regard to quality of life and productivity, is difficult for many Americans.  The people of New Jersey will benefit from the support the MWC will bring to their communities.  Addressing disparities in health care is an important focus for Aetna, and therefore we are particularly pleased that the Campaign will reach out with culturally-specific information tailored to different racial and ethnic groups.”

The MWC is an initiative of the NJ Health Care Quality Institute in partnership with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University.  A major founding grant was provided by Aetna with additional funding from the NJ Department of Transportation and Johnson & Johnson.  The MWC was created in association with the Regional Plan Association, New Jersey State League of Municipalities and the Ramapo College Nursing Program, a joint degree program with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ (UMDNJ).

 “It was alarming to me, when I heard that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently concluded that the next generation of Americans may very well be the first in our lifetime to be LESS healthy than the generation which proceeded it,” said David Knowlton, President and CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute.  “We worked for many months to put together the kind of coalition that just might have an impact here in New Jersey.”

“The 2004 Institute of Medicine report which awakened the nation to the steps which needed to be taken in this area concluded that ‘mobilizing communities to address childhood obesity … will require concerted efforts by many partners.’” said William G. Dressel Jr., Executive Director, New Jersey State League of Municipalities.  “The Mayors Wellness Campaign is a good-faith effort to put such a partnership together and has the wholehearted support of the League.”

"This collaborative effort is an outgrowth of the extensive work undertaken by the Voorhees Transportation Center on the linkages between healthy community design, pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly city planning, and the health issues of inactivity and obesity," said James W. Hughes, dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. (The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center is a unit of the Bloustein School at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.)

The MWC will work to implement a comprehensive program of outreach, education and technical assistance activities to combat obesity and inactivity issues for all state residents.  It is designed to facilitate multi-partner, multi-strategy approaches at the local level. It will:

  • Raise awareness of the health and fiscal costs of obesity and overweight in the state;
  • Survey communities to identify existing programs, catalog resources, and gauge needs specific to community-based health interventions;
  • Enlist mayors in a pledge of commitment to MWC goals and programs;
  • Assist mayors in assessing community capacity for public health initiatives;
  • Assist mayors in shaping municipal-level strategic plans for community health by incorporating smart growth principals;
  • Assist mayors with marketing, planning, selection, and implementation of projects;
  • Support county health departments in Mobilizing for Action Through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) exercises, a strategic approach to community health improvement;
  • Facilitate interagency efforts to address overweight and obesity at the municipal level;
  • Provide municipalities with an evolving “Toolbox” of multimedia resources, including an annual “best available practices” report on critical topics;
  • Measure effectiveness of select interventions;
  • Conduct learning sessions to share expertise on common efforts;
  • Provide mayors with tools to assess and evaluate their efforts;
  • Document program efforts and link Mayors with common interests; and
  • Conduct outreach to highlight successes and findings at local and national levels.

 


 

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407 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618  (609)695-3481  NJLM logo 
William G. Dressel Jr, Executive Director - Michael J. Darcey, CAE, Asst Executive Director
NJLM - Mayors Wellness Campaign
Mayors Wellness Campaign

Unique Partnership Will Help Local Communities Stay Fit

The Mayors Wellness Campaign 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.

"Obesity rates and the resulting incidences of diabetes, heart disease and hypertension are rising at alarming rates for New Jerseyans, but this trend could be reversed with changes to diet and exercise regimens," said Commissioner Jacobs.  "I am pleased to join the Mayor's Wellness Campaign in helping New Jersey's elected officials build programs and
infrastructure to get their constituents exercising more, eating properly and living healthier and better lives."

“Aetna is supporting the Mayors Wellness Campaign with a grant of $200,000,” said John W. Rowe, M.D., Aetna Chairman and CEO.  “Fighting obesity, and the challenges that it can present with regard to quality of life and productivity, is difficult for many Americans.  The people of New Jersey will benefit from the support the MWC will bring to their communities.  Addressing disparities in health care is an important focus for Aetna, and therefore we are particularly pleased that the Campaign will reach out with culturally-specific information tailored to different racial and ethnic groups.”

The MWC is an initiative of the NJ Health Care Quality Institute in partnership with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University.  A major founding grant was provided by Aetna with additional funding from the NJ Department of Transportation and Johnson & Johnson.  The MWC was created in association with the Regional Plan Association, New Jersey State League of Municipalities and the Ramapo College Nursing Program, a joint degree program with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ (UMDNJ).

 “It was alarming to me, when I heard that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently concluded that the next generation of Americans may very well be the first in our lifetime to be LESS healthy than the generation which proceeded it,” said David Knowlton, President and CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute.  “We worked for many months to put together the kind of coalition that just might have an impact here in New Jersey.”

“The 2004 Institute of Medicine report which awakened the nation to the steps which needed to be taken in this area concluded that ‘mobilizing communities to address childhood obesity … will require concerted efforts by many partners.’” said William G. Dressel Jr., Executive Director, New Jersey State League of Municipalities.  “The Mayors Wellness Campaign is a good-faith effort to put such a partnership together and has the wholehearted support of the League.”

"This collaborative effort is an outgrowth of the extensive work undertaken by the Voorhees Transportation Center on the linkages between healthy community design, pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly city planning, and the health issues of inactivity and obesity," said James W. Hughes, dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. (The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center is a unit of the Bloustein School at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.)

The MWC will work to implement a comprehensive program of outreach, education and technical assistance activities to combat obesity and inactivity issues for all state residents.  It is designed to facilitate multi-partner, multi-strategy approaches at the local level. It will:

  • Raise awareness of the health and fiscal costs of obesity and overweight in the state;
  • Survey communities to identify existing programs, catalog resources, and gauge needs specific to community-based health interventions;
  • Enlist mayors in a pledge of commitment to MWC goals and programs;
  • Assist mayors in assessing community capacity for public health initiatives;
  • Assist mayors in shaping municipal-level strategic plans for community health by incorporating smart growth principals;
  • Assist mayors with marketing, planning, selection, and implementation of projects;
  • Support county health departments in Mobilizing for Action Through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) exercises, a strategic approach to community health improvement;
  • Facilitate interagency efforts to address overweight and obesity at the municipal level;
  • Provide municipalities with an evolving “Toolbox” of multimedia resources, including an annual “best available practices” report on critical topics;
  • Measure effectiveness of select interventions;
  • Conduct learning sessions to share expertise on common efforts;
  • Provide mayors with tools to assess and evaluate their efforts;
  • Document program efforts and link Mayors with common interests; and
  • Conduct outreach to highlight successes and findings at local and national levels.

 


 

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407 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618  (609)695-3481  NJLM logo 
William G. Dressel Jr, Executive Director - Michael J. Darcey, CAE, Asst Executive Director
NJLM - Mayors Wellness Campaign
Mayors Wellness Campaign

Unique Partnership Will Help Local Communities Stay Fit

The Mayors Wellness Campaign 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.

"Obesity rates and the resulting incidences of diabetes, heart disease and hypertension are rising at alarming rates for New Jerseyans, but this trend could be reversed with changes to diet and exercise regimens," said Commissioner Jacobs.  "I am pleased to join the Mayor's Wellness Campaign in helping New Jersey's elected officials build programs and
infrastructure to get their constituents exercising more, eating properly and living healthier and better lives."

“Aetna is supporting the Mayors Wellness Campaign with a grant of $200,000,” said John W. Rowe, M.D., Aetna Chairman and CEO.  “Fighting obesity, and the challenges that it can present with regard to quality of life and productivity, is difficult for many Americans.  The people of New Jersey will benefit from the support the MWC will bring to their communities.  Addressing disparities in health care is an important focus for Aetna, and therefore we are particularly pleased that the Campaign will reach out with culturally-specific information tailored to different racial and ethnic groups.”

The MWC is an initiative of the NJ Health Care Quality Institute in partnership with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University.  A major founding grant was provided by Aetna with additional funding from the NJ Department of Transportation and Johnson & Johnson.  The MWC was created in association with the Regional Plan Association, New Jersey State League of Municipalities and the Ramapo College Nursing Program, a joint degree program with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ (UMDNJ).

 “It was alarming to me, when I heard that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently concluded that the next generation of Americans may very well be the first in our lifetime to be LESS healthy than the generation which proceeded it,” said David Knowlton, President and CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute.  “We worked for many months to put together the kind of coalition that just might have an impact here in New Jersey.”

“The 2004 Institute of Medicine report which awakened the nation to the steps which needed to be taken in this area concluded that ‘mobilizing communities to address childhood obesity … will require concerted efforts by many partners.’” said William G. Dressel Jr., Executive Director, New Jersey State League of Municipalities.  “The Mayors Wellness Campaign is a good-faith effort to put such a partnership together and has the wholehearted support of the League.”

"This collaborative effort is an outgrowth of the extensive work undertaken by the Voorhees Transportation Center on the linkages between healthy community design, pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly city planning, and the health issues of inactivity and obesity," said James W. Hughes, dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. (The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center is a unit of the Bloustein School at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.)

The MWC will work to implement a comprehensive program of outreach, education and technical assistance activities to combat obesity and inactivity issues for all state residents.  It is designed to facilitate multi-partner, multi-strategy approaches at the local level. It will:

  • Raise awareness of the health and fiscal costs of obesity and overweight in the state;
  • Survey communities to identify existing programs, catalog resources, and gauge needs specific to community-based health interventions;
  • Enlist mayors in a pledge of commitment to MWC goals and programs;
  • Assist mayors in assessing community capacity for public health initiatives;
  • Assist mayors in shaping municipal-level strategic plans for community health by incorporating smart growth principals;
  • Assist mayors with marketing, planning, selection, and implementation of projects;
  • Support county health departments in Mobilizing for Action Through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) exercises, a strategic approach to community health improvement;
  • Facilitate interagency efforts to address overweight and obesity at the municipal level;
  • Provide municipalities with an evolving “Toolbox” of multimedia resources, including an annual “best available practices” report on critical topics;
  • Measure effectiveness of select interventions;
  • Conduct learning sessions to share expertise on common efforts;
  • Provide mayors with tools to assess and evaluate their efforts;
  • Document program efforts and link Mayors with common interests; and
  • Conduct outreach to highlight successes and findings at local and national levels.

 


 

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407 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618  (609)695-3481  NJLM logo 
William G. Dressel Jr, Executive Director - Michael J. Darcey, CAE, Asst Executive Director
Mayors Wellness Campaign

Unique Partnership Will Help Local Communities Stay Fit

The Mayors Wellness Campaign 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.

"Obesity rates and the resulting incidences of diabetes, heart disease and hypertension are rising at alarming rates for New Jerseyans, but this trend could be reversed with changes to diet and exercise regimens," said Commissioner Jacobs.  "I am pleased to join the Mayor's Wellness Campaign in helping New Jersey's elected officials build programs and
infrastructure to get their constituents exercising more, eating properly and living healthier and better lives."

“Aetna is supporting the Mayors Wellness Campaign with a grant of $200,000,” said John W. Rowe, M.D., Aetna Chairman and CEO.  “Fighting obesity, and the challenges that it can present with regard to quality of life and productivity, is difficult for many Americans.  The people of New Jersey will benefit from the support the MWC will bring to their communities.  Addressing disparities in health care is an important focus for Aetna, and therefore we are particularly pleased that the Campaign will reach out with culturally-specific information tailored to different racial and ethnic groups.”

The MWC is an initiative of the NJ Health Care Quality Institute in partnership with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University.  A major founding grant was provided by Aetna with additional funding from the NJ Department of Transportation and Johnson & Johnson.  The MWC was created in association with the Regional Plan Association, New Jersey State League of Municipalities and the Ramapo College Nursing Program, a joint degree program with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ (UMDNJ).

 “It was alarming to me, when I heard that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently concluded that the next generation of Americans may very well be the first in our lifetime to be LESS healthy than the generation which proceeded it,” said David Knowlton, President and CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute.  “We worked for many months to put together the kind of coalition that just might have an impact here in New Jersey.”

“The 2004 Institute of Medicine report which awakened the nation to the steps which needed to be taken in this area concluded that ‘mobilizing communities to address childhood obesity … will require concerted efforts by many partners.’” said William G. Dressel Jr., Executive Director, New Jersey State League of Municipalities.  “The Mayors Wellness Campaign is a good-faith effort to put such a partnership together and has the wholehearted support of the League.”

"This collaborative effort is an outgrowth of the extensive work undertaken by the Voorhees Transportation Center on the linkages between healthy community design, pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly city planning, and the health issues of inactivity and obesity," said James W. Hughes, dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. (The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center is a unit of the Bloustein School at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.)

The MWC will work to implement a comprehensive program of outreach, education and technical assistance activities to combat obesity and inactivity issues for all state residents.  It is designed to facilitate multi-partner, multi-strategy approaches at the local level. It will:

  • Raise awareness of the health and fiscal costs of obesity and overweight in the state;
  • Survey communities to identify existing programs, catalog resources, and gauge needs specific to community-based health interventions;
  • Enlist mayors in a pledge of commitment to MWC goals and programs;
  • Assist mayors in assessing community capacity for public health initiatives;
  • Assist mayors in shaping municipal-level strategic plans for community health by incorporating smart growth principals;
  • Assist mayors with marketing, planning, selection, and implementation of projects;
  • Support county health departments in Mobilizing for Action Through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) exercises, a strategic approach to community health improvement;
  • Facilitate interagency efforts to address overweight and obesity at the municipal level;
  • Provide municipalities with an evolving “Toolbox” of multimedia resources, including an annual “best available practices” report on critical topics;
  • Measure effectiveness of select interventions;
  • Conduct learning sessions to share expertise on common efforts;
  • Provide mayors with tools to assess and evaluate their efforts;
  • Document program efforts and link Mayors with common interests; and
  • Conduct outreach to highlight successes and findings at local and national levels.

 


 

Click Here to return to the League's Home Page