RARITAN TWP., NJ – What’s the most popular New Year’s resolution?

According to Nielson – the data collecting company that’s perhaps best known for its ratings of television and radio – the top two resolutions are both health-related: Staying fit and losing weight.

It’s likely that neither was a resolution for Gene Lupo this year.

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Lupo is a regular at HealthQuest, where he can be seen almost daily at the fitness center, lifting weights and enjoying the comradery of its other members.

Lupo is 90 years old, and he’s been committed to the fitness thing for a long time. He’s been at it for so long that his dedication precedes HealthQuest itself, which “only” dates back to 2001.

Before that, Lupo worked out at Gold’s Gym, which HealthQuest acquired before building its current 100,000-square-foot facility.

Lupo’s recent birthday – as well as his smile and positive attitude – prompted HealthQuest owner Jack Cust to consider something special for the guy he calls the “Mayor of HealthQuest.”

The result is what Cust calls the “Governor’s Club.” Members who have belonged to the private club for three or more years will have their membership converted to free starting on their 90th birthday.

“We’ve decided to honor these members ... as appreciation for their loyalty to HealthQuest and their commitment to maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle,” Cust said. People like Lupo set “an example for all of us to aspire to.” 

The Governor’s Club is also an important nod to Hunterdon’s ranking as the healthiest county in the state, Cust said.

Celebrating longevity, Cust said, should be an important focus in the process of reinforcing the value in physical fitness at all ages.