Health & Wellness

Live Well Stay Well Challenge Kicks Off At 4th Annual Summit Medical Group Health and Sports Festival

Live Well Stay Well Challenge Participants introduced by Dr. Robert Brennan.
Mayor Joe Bruno and Dr. Jeffrey LeBenger, Chairman of the Board Summit Medical Group
Tim Moorhouse, Olympic Fencer showing his medals.
Olympic Fencer Tim Moorehouse
U.S. Rowing Team, Ross and Grant James and Grace Luczak.
U.S. Table Tennis Champion David Zhuang
Mayor Joe Bruno who enjoys coming to this growing event every year.
Stephen Yellin, Democratic Candidate for Berkeley Heights Township Council with his father Bruce.
Paolo's Kitchen serving items from the Gluten Free menu. 
Participants in the Live Well Stay Well Challenge.
Meet and greet the physicians and professionals from Summit Medical Group.

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Summit Medical Group held their 4th Annual Live Well Stay Well Health and Fitness Festival on Sunday, Oct. 6.  This popular festival took over the Berkeley Heights’ campus of Summit Medical Group.  The drizzle didn’t dampen the upbeat spirit of the day. The community came out to get educated on living a healthy and active lifestyle. 

The energy level was contagious with street performers motivating the crowd to the dance music in the background.  Visitors were able to participate in a myriad of sporting activities including rock climbing, basketball, fencing, rowing, soccer, golf simulation and table tennis.  The kids also enjoyed the hay maze, hoopnotica and face painting.

Dr. Jeffrey LeBenger, Chairman of the Board at Summit Medical Group, encouraged the community to get away from the TV and a sedentary lifestyle, get out and be active, improve your heart health and feel good about yourself.
Maureen Bennett, Summit Medical Group’s Media Relations Specialist, is grateful to the U.S. Olympic Athletes Tim Moorehouse, David Zhuang and the Olympic Rowing Team who have been consistent and loyal supporters of the festival.  Lending their time and expertise to the community. The U.S. Olympians drew large crowds sharing their stories and promoting healthy living.  Families snapped photos with the Olympians with their medals.

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“Live Well, Stay Well is not just about an individual thing. It’s also, from the Summit Medical Group’s perspective, about keeping our whole community living well and staying well.  And that means, that the people that we don’t actually see, we also take responsibility for,” said Dr. Robert Brenner.

Summit Medical Group kicked off their first ever Live Well Stay Well Challenge.  “Individuals at Summit Medical Group and from our community are moving forward in their health status and living well and staying well,” said Dr. Brenner.  The 90 day challenge includes a physical examination, exercise evaluation and nutrition consultation and can be followed on Facebook in social media. 

“Today is exciting because we met the other participants. it gives us more encouragement for each other,” said Chomie Kwon, a Summit Medical Group patient and challenge participant.   “The community gets to know us, making us accountable.  It’s the beginning of our journey, so it’s exciting.”

“I want to practice what I preach,” said Cathy Peery, a nurse at Summit Medical Group.  Peery is participating in the Live Well Challenge to get healthy and be fit. “What I teach my patients, I need to take on myself.”

“We are proud of the synergy that Summit Medical Group has with the Township of Berkeley Heights, they are good neighbors and we value what they are doing today to show the community who they are and what they have to offer.  The event keeps growing, it’s amazing what Summit Medical Group does here,”  said Mayor Joe Bruno. 
Summit Medical Group works with event planner, Faith West Events, putting together new and fresh ideas and activities for the public to enjoy.  “New this year is the adorable Teddy Bear Clinic, where little children get a nice teddy bear to weigh, measure and check their heart rate and they get a photograph.  We also have a few new bands with more music,” said Maureen Bennett.

“Summit Medical Group Health and Wellness festival is free and remains free to remove barriers to fitness and health,” said Bennett.  “We want people to come and explore, find something new that works for them.”  

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