March 26, 2014 at 4:00 AM
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Mayor Matt Anesh unveiled the winning logos for a contest sponsored by the Mayor's Wellness Campaign at last week's Borough Council meeting. What began as a process to come up with a single logo for the campaign evolved into three separate logo winners.
"I thought it was important to have our own logo for the Mayor's Wellness Campaign,” said Anesh when explaining the purpose for the contest, which was open to all the town's residents.
At the meeting Anesh said he received hundreds of submissions. SPHS senior Thomas Whitney’s Logo received first place.
“I hope to someday be involved in filmmaking,” Whitney said after receiving the award. “Tommy is creative and talented, we are very proud of him,” added his mother Darlene.
Borough resident Deanna Fredericks designed the second-place logo, which will be used on the committee's letterhead. Fredericks is a graphic-design professional and said entering the contest gave her a chance to give back to the community. "I am happy and honored to contribute this logo to the Mayor’s Wellness Committee," she said. "Congratulations to my fellow winners of the contest. I hope this award encourages them to continue making art and perhaps consider graphic design as a career path.”
Jack Adkins’ logo received honorable mention and will be used when the committee does work in the elementary schools. Adkins is a student at Roosevelt School and an active baseball player.
“We started the contest looking for a logo, and as we went through the submissions we found out there really was a need for three separate logos." Anesh said. "The participation of the residents was truly amazing. I’m very humbled at how the importance of healthy living is taking off in South Plainfield.”
The Mayor’s Wellness Campaign started in South Plainfield in 2010. The program is part of a statewide initiative of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. According to the league, the mission of the Mayors Wellness Campaign is to equip mayors and other key leaders with the tools to develop and implement active-living initiatives in their communities, with the ultimate goal of improving health and reducing skyrocketing health care costs that come with the obesity problem in New Jersey.