ELIZABETH, NJ - Elizabeth has been designed a Health Town for 2019 from the Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC), a program of the Quality Institute, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. Each year, communities participating in the MWC complete a comprehensive application outlining the research they have done to identify their community health needs, explain how they have organized their local MWC committee, and highlight the actions they have taken to make their communities healthier places to live, work, and play. Elizabeth moved up from Healthy Town to Watch in 2018 to achieve the Healthy Town designation this year.
Top concerns in Elizabeth include obesity, lack of physical activity, and access to health foods.
To address this, Elizabeth provided the following activities:
• Women’s Wellness Brunch — This event encourages women of all ages to live a healthy lifestyle by offering nutrition workshops, aerobics, and yoga.
• A Better You — A series of health and wellness events targeted toward families. Health literature, cookbooks, portion control plates, and meal prep containers are offered to participants.
• Mobile Food Market — Addresses food insecurity by providing monthly distribution of fresh produce, food demonstrations, and samplings for residents.
• Approximately 8,000 residents attended community health education.
“On behalf of the City of Elizabeth, I would like to say how honored we are to be designated a 2019 Healthy Town by the Mayors Wellness Campaign,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “Our Department of Health and Human Services works hard to stay committed in making healthy living in our city a priority. From community walks to health fairs and awareness events, we work together to ensure residents of all ages are living an active lifestyle.”