PATERSON, NJ  — With efforts underway to get residents and city employees more active and thinking about healthy eating options, the City of Paterson has been named as a “Healthy Town to Watch.”

The designation, one of 12 statewide, comes from the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, and follows, Mayor Andre Sayegh’s recent announcement that he was launching a local version of the Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC) program.

Focused on issues of chronic disease, obesity, and nutrition, Sayegh has already hosted a “Mayor’s Walk to the Falls”, partnered with local grocery stores to offer a discount on fresh fruits and vegetable sponsored by the MWC, and, through the Division of Health, begun offering daily group exercises in Calisthenics, Cardio Sculpt, and Tai Chi for employees.

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“The Healthy Town Designation is a significant accomplishment for the City of Paterson,” Sayegh said. “My Administration and the City of Paterson are dedicated to becoming more health conscious and leading a healthier lifestyle. Through a robust Mayors Wellness Campaign, led by the Paterson Division of Health, we are committed to improving the health and wellness of our residents. Paterson is on the move!”

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