RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph Township Schools’ staff will be able to enjoy a healthier lifestyle with the opening of the new wellness center for district staff at Randolph High School.

On Jan. 10, teachers, administrators and members of the board of the Randolph Education Foundation (REF), which supplied a grant for the project, celebrated a ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new wellness center, which was the vision of physical education teacher Colleen Suflay and Media Specialist Steve Cullis.

The duo crafted the grant request to the REF last year and were pleased to see the project come to fruition with exercise bicycles, treadmills, group exercise mats, medicine balls, weights, an elliptical trainer and a mounted television with exercise DVDs.

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"The wellness center was created to promote and develop a dynamic and inclusive space that serves to unite students, staff and the community towards creating a healthier lifestyle," Ms. Suflay said, who noted that so many people were involved in this project to help make it become a reality.

RHS Principal Debbie Iosso said the new center will benefit all district staff. "I really believe that concentrating on our staff's health and wellness will have a trickle-down and affect our student's health and wellness."

The project was funded with a grant for $7,800 from the Randolph Education Foundation and is located in a former classroom near the gymnasiums and locker rooms.

The grand opening festivities included wellness screenings including blood pressure and heart rate with RHS Nurse Nicole Hydock, health refreshments and information on upcoming programs including meditation, Pilates and a walking group.

Erin Donnelly, a member of the high school child study team, tried out one of the exercise bicycles at the open house and said she was looking forward to using the new wellness center. Staff can use it before or after school, Ms. Suflay noted. It will be used by students during the school day.

Randolph Education Foundation President Margaret Clark and REF board members Francesca Lavin and Elizabeth Olechowski said they were impressed with the new wellness center and were pleased that the foundation could contribute to this great cause which will benefit staff and students. "This is amazing,' Mrs. Clark said. "I love the focus on wellness and the focus on our teachers will bring staff the opportunity to focus on themselves and be healthy which will transfer to our students."