NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city has kicked off its month-long wellness campaign, as part of a comprehensive effort to promote healthy living in the Hub City.
All through October, local residents can participate in an assortment of health and wellness programs and events across the city, thanks in part to a partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Fitness and Wellness Center.
One upcoming highlight is the popular New Brunswick Ciclovia on Sunday, Oct. 8. Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., an entire route is marked car-free and reserved for friends and families to bike, walk, run and skateboard.
Ciclovia is a ”free, citywide initiative that closes the streets to cars and opens them to people,” reads the website, and “promotes healthy active living through experiencing New Brunswick’s vitality, livability, and diversity in a safe place for people to exercise and play.”
The route starts at The Yard @ College Ave, then runs down Hamilton Street to Zimmerli Art Museum, down George Street, to City Hall on Bayard Street, then down Joyce Kilmer Avenue to the Hub Teen Center.
Many of the events this month will be hosted at the RWJ Fitness and Wellness Center, located at 100 Kirkpatrick St. and with three-hour parking validation for attendees.
One event there will be “Turn It Up Tuesday,” the third Tuesday of the month, 5 to 8 p.m., with the next one on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Attendees will be treated to a cooking demo at 6 p.m., in addition to group fitness classes, health information and tables from local vendors.
Then on Monday, Oct. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. there are health screenings in the Community Room of the wellness center, with screenings for blood pressure glucose and cholesterol and no registration required.
Then, on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from noon to 12:45 p.m. in the Community Room, is the program, “Exercise - Where to Start?” That event will feature a wellness forum on exercise, and runs the last Wednesday of every month, though registration is required by calling 1-888-637-9584.
Residents will also be able to choose from weekly occurring events. The family superhero workout, “Super Saturday,” will be noon to 1 p.m., every Saturday in Recreation Park, at Nichol Avenue.
“Sunday Fun Day,” featuring zumba classes, will be noon to 1 p.m., every Sunday in The Yard @ College Ave.