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For Immediate Release:  September 27, 2010
Contact:  Donald Sico 609-351-3591 or Emily Littman 609-434-1110



Lincoln Park – Hundreds of people attending the Lincoln Park Day festivities watched as mayors in Morris County squared off in the Mayors Wellness Campaign’s “Mayors Healthy Barbeque Cook-Off” on Saturday September 25th.

“We had a fabulous time and the mayors are to be commended for their creative and healthy barbeque recipes,” said Emily Littman, Director of the Mayors Wellness Campaign.  “Each dish was both delicious and nutritious, proving once again that healthy cooking can also taste great!  It was such a fun day and we are grateful to the mayors, the judges and the township of Lincoln Park for all their assistance.”

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A panel of judges, which included Robert Zanfino, 2009 Morris County Toxic Waistlines Contest Winner; Franco Brattoli, Executive Chef, Sunset Pub and Grill (Lincoln Park); and Fatos Selimi, Owner and Chef, 202 Italian Bistro (Lincoln Park), awarded four mayors with silver platter awards as follows:

  • Best Tasting – Lincoln Park Mayor David Runfeldt (Lincoln Park) for his scallops wrapped in turkey bacon served over Asian coleslaw.
  • Most Nutritious – Montville Mayor Jim Sandham for his rosemary and sage chicken.
  • Best Presentation – Wharton Mayor William Chegwidden for his swordfish and skewered shrimp with wasabi cream sauce.
  • Best Overall – Chatham Borough Mayor Nelson Vaughan for his scallops and swordfish with chopped heirloom tomatoes and vegetables.

The Mayors Healthy Cook-Off was presented by the Mayors Wellness Campaign, the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute and the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, and is part of the Mayors Wellness Campaign’s efforts to promote healthier living and more active lifestyles.  This event was sponsored through a contribution from AstraZeneca.

The MWC is an initiative of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. Through public-private partnerships, the MWC provides structure and resources for healthy community initiatives, with a long-term goal of reducing health care and other costs secondary to obesity and inactivity.  The MWC supports mayors as champions of community health. 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.  Currently, more than half of the New Jersey’s 566 municipalities are participating in the campaign and are working aggressively to decrease obesity rates and increase the overall health of their communities.




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